Arts & Culture April 2013

Arts Events

The Opportunity of Efficiency

9–28 April

Inspired by the growth of efficiency as a force for change in society and the influence of big business on national and international affairs, The Opportunity of Efficiency is about small lives that are caught up in a global power struggle. The play is written by Welsh playwright Alan Harris and directed by John E McGrath, the artist director of the National Theatre Wales.

New National Theatre, Tokyo
1-1-1 Hon-machi
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0071

1pm, 2pm and 7pm
Closed on 15 and 22 April

Adults from ¥3,150

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)

23 & 24 April

While the idea of the complete works of William Shakespeare was born in the US, the concept that only three actors perform his works has become popular around the world. Since the first performance in Japan 10 years ago, the play has been presented more than 270 times. This special performance will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the three Japanese actors—Shoichiro Akaboshi, Yuriko Ishimaru and Masafumi Chinen—starting to perform their roles.

Base Theater, at the Theater Green
2-20-4 Minami-ikebukuro
Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-0022

Adults from ¥3,500

Go Crystal Tears

4, 5, 11, 17 May

In celebration of the 450th birthday of John Dowland—a renowned British composer, singer and lutenist of the Renaissance period—soprano Mizue Tomiyama and lutenist Takashi Tsunoda will perform many of Dowland’s works.

Karuizawa Cornet
229 Tomigaoka
Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture
4 May, 7pm; 5 May, 2:30pm

The Museum of Kyoto
Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8183
11 May, 6:30pm

Katsushika Symphony Hills
6-33-1 Tateishi
Katsushika-ku, Tokyo 124-0012
17 May, 7pm

International Roses & Gardening Show 2013

11–16 May

While roses with high-centred buds were popular at the event’s first show, today’s taste has shifted to a more elegant bloom. Part of the Tintinhull Garden—one of the most popular British gardens among Japanese visitors to the UK—will be reproduced at this year’s event, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary.

Seibu Dome
2135 Kamiyamaguchi
Saitama Prefecture, 359-1196

9:30am–5:30pm (entry permitted until 30 minutes before closing)
5pm on 16 May

Adults from ¥2,000

TT3D: Closer To the Edge

13 April–21 June

This British documentary by first-time director Richard de Aragues is narrated by Jared Leto and charts the world famous Isle of Man TT motorcycle race that has taken place on the island every year since 1907. The film follows the leading riders of the 2010 race, in particular Guy Martin. The first screening was held at Auditorium Shibuya on 30 March.

Auditorium Shibuya
Kinohaus 2F
1-5 Maruyamacho
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0044
13–19 April, 11am
20–26 April (please contact the cinema for the starting time) Cinemart Shinsaibashi

Big Step 4F
1-6-14 Nishi-shinsaibashi
Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0086
From 20 April (for two weeks)

Adults from ¥1,800

For information on other venues, please visit:

Francis Bacon

Until 26 May

The Irish-born British figurative painter is known for his bold, graphic and emotionally raw imagery. Bacon’s experience of World War II is strongly reflected in his artworks, of which about 30 are displayed in this exhibition.

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
3-1 Kitanomaru-koen
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8322

Adults from ¥1,500

10am–5pm (entry permitted until 4:30pm)
10am–8pm (Fridays)
Closed on Mondays
(except 29 April, 6 and 7 May)