The magazine of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan
The magazine of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan

UK arts events in Japan

Art

TARTAN

Tartan, the original pattern from Scotland, is very popular across the world among men and women of all ages. And it is not simply just a design—every tartan has a name and a particular meaning, depending on its region of origin. There are more than 100 different plaid fabrics on display, as well as art works related to tartan.

PHOTO: AFTERNOON DRESS C.1865 KOBE FASHION MUSEUM

City Kobe
Date
Schedule 10am–6pm (last admission 5:30pm)
Address Kobe Fashion Museum
2-9-1, Koyocho-naka, Higashinada, Kobe, Hyogo
Phone 078-858-0050
Price ¥1,000
Concert

Paul McCartney, Japan 2018 Freshen Up Tour

The iconic British rocker will make a triumphant return to Japan in October and November. The tour is McCartney’s first since he released his album, Egypt Station, and his first world tour since the One on One tour ended in 2017.

City Tokyo, Nagoya
Date 31 October-8 November
Schedule Various time
Address Tokyo Dome
Tokyo Dome City, 1-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

Ryogoku Kokugikan
1-3-28, Yokoami, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

Nagoya Dome
1-1-1 Daikominami, Higashi-ku, Nagoya, Aichi
Phone 0570-550-799
Price from ¥14,500

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Christopher Wheeldon

The National Ballet of Japan is joining forces with the Australian Ballet to present Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, first performed by the Royal Ballet in 2011. It is based on the famous story by Lewis Carroll.

City Tokyo
Date 2–11 November
Schedule Various show times
Address OPERA HOUSE
The New National Theatre, Tokyo
1-1-1 Hon-machi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-5352-9999
Price From ¥4,320

No Man’s Land

No Man’s Land is by exemplary 20th century playwright and Nobel laureate Harold Pinter. This work was performed at the Royal National Theatre in London in 1975, directed by Sir Peter Hall.
Jitsunashi Satoru makes his debut as director at the New National Theatre this season, having worked on the script together with leading Pinter scholar Kishi Tetsuo.

City Tokyo
Date 8–25 November
Schedule Various show times
Address The New National Theatre
1-1-1 Hon-machi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-5352-9999
Price From ¥3,240

Johnny English Strikes Again

Spy action comedy film directed by David Kerr. It is a sequel to the 2011 film Johnny English Reborn and the third instalment of the series.
After a cyber attack reveals the identity of all the active undercover agents in Britain, English is forced to come out of retirement to find the mastermind hacker.

PHOTO: © 2018 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS AND STUDIOCANAL SAS

City Tokyo
Date From 9 November
Schedule Various show times
Address TOHO Cinemas Hibiya
(among other locations)
1-1-2 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone 050-6868-5068
Price ¥1,800

Bohemian Rhapsody

Biographical film about the British rock band Queen, focusing on lead singer Freddie Mercury’s life leading up to Queen’s Live Aid performance at Wembley Stadium in 1985.
PHOTO: © 2018 TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX

City Tokyo
Date From 9 November
Schedule Various show times
Address TOHO Cinemas Kinshicho (among other locations)
Olinas Mall 4F, 4-1-2 Taihei, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Price ¥1,800
Theatre Live

National Theatre Live: Yerma

A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Garcia Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece.
Set in contemporary London, Billie Piper’s portrayal of a woman in her thirties, desperate to conceive, builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking climax.

PHOTO: © JOHAN PERSSON

City Tokyo
Date From 28 September
Schedule Various time
Address Toho Cinemas Nihombashi
(among other locations)
2-3-1 Nihombashi-muromachi,
Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Phone 050-6868-5060
Price ¥3,000
Music

LIBERA—Angel Voices Tour 2018 “beyond”

Libera is an English, all-boy vocal group directed by Robert Prizeman.
The boys, aged between seven and 16, attend many different local schools in South London and come from a variety of backgrounds. Their atmospheric albums have topped classical and mainstream charts around the world.

PHOTO: © LIBERA

City Tokyo - Nagoya - Osaka
Date 21, 22, 24, 26 October
Schedule Various Times
Address Shinjuku Bunka Center
6-14-1 Shinjuku,
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
ZEPP NAGOYA
4-60-7 Hiraikecho,
Nakamura-ku, Nagoya, Aichi
Osaka International Convention Center
5-3-51 Nakanoshima,
Kita-ku, Osaka
Phone 0570-069-960
Price From ¥8,000
Ballet

Swan Lake

The Royal Ballet’s new Swan Lake will be broadcast live in cinemas.
Liam Scarlett’s new production is the company’s first in 30 years. Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night.

PHOTO: © ROH, 2018.PH. BY BILL COOPER

City Tokyo
Date From 24 August
Schedule
Address TOHO Cinemas Hibiya
(among others)
2-3-1 Nihonbashi-muromachi,
Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Phone 050-6868-5060
Price ¥3,600
Film

Victory House

The final Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten, is tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence, but meets with conflict as different sides clash in the face of monumental change. The film stars Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Manish Dayal, Huma Qureshi and Michael Gambon.

PHOTO: © PATHE PRODUCTIONS LIMITED, RELIANCE BIG ENTERTAINMENT(US) INC., BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION, THE BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE AND BEND IT FILMS LIMITED, 2016

City Tokyo
Date From August 11
Schedule Various times
Address Musashino-kan Shinjuku
(Among other locations)
Musashino Bldg. 3F, 3-27-10
Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-3354-5670
Price Adults: ¥1,800