As part of Saitama Arts Theater’s 33rd Shakespeare Series, Kotaro Yoshida directs Timon of Athens, as well as acts in the titular role of Timon. Part of Shakespeare’s First Folio, the play is about a popular Athenian who, through his generosity, ends up giving his fortune to corrupt hangers-on.
YUSK is a British–Japanese piano soloist who was brought up in London. As a sufferer of Tourette syndrome, it took him 10 years to graduate from music school. This performance will be his eighth in Tokyo.
Some of the earliest picture books originated in the UK, and this museum, nestled deep in the forest of Karuizawa, showcases the rich world of British picture books. The exhibition includes books from the late 19th century to the present, as well as original drawings and first edition books.
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This is Japan’s first large-scale solo exhibition of the work of acclaimed British artist David Shrigley, who works in a wide range of media, including drawing, animation, sculpture and photography, and possesses a distinctive sense of humour. The exhibition, presented in partnership with the British Council, will introduce for the first time in Japan the diverse activities of the artist as he gently undermines the seriousness of art.
DAVID SHRIGLEY OSTRICH 2009. COURTESY: ARTIST AND THE BRITISH COUNCIL COLLECTION.
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This action-adventure spy comedy, produced and directed by Matthew Vaughn, is the sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service. After their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held to ransom, the Kingsman spy organisation discovers a fellow group in the United States. They must band together to defeat a common enemy. The film stars Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and Mark Strong from the UK.
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Paul Weller is an English singer, songwriter and musician famous for both his solo career and role in The Jam. This tour of Japan will be his first in three years and will see him perform songs from his new album A Kind of Revolution, which was released in May 2017, in Tokyo and Osaka.
Kyoko Nakano, a writer and German literature scholar, published Kowai-e (Fear in Painting) in 2007. The book focuses on famous and historic Western paintings featuring images of fear. In recognition of the 10th anniversary of Nakano’s book, an exhibition will be held showcasing a number of the masterpieces discussed, including The Execution of Lady Jane Grey from the National Gallery in London.
PAUL DELAROCHE, THE EXECUTION OF LADY JANE GREY, © THE NATIONAL GALLERY, LONDON. BEQUEATHED BY THE SECOND LORD CHEYLESMORE, 1902
The Caretaker is a three-act play by the Nobel Prize-winning English playwright, screenwriter, director and actor Harold Pinter. The play was Pinter’s first commercial success and remains one of his most celebrated and frequently performed plays. The story takes place in a house in west London during the 1950s and examines the strange relationship between a tramp, Davies, and two damaged and disconnected brothers, Mick and Aston.
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The film How to Talk to Girls at Parties is a British–American sci-fi romantic comedy that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Set in the 1970s, an alien touring the galaxy breaks away from her group and meets two young inhabitants of the London suburb of Croydon.
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