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

Matt Bianco

Formed in 1983, British band Matt Bianco enjoyed great success during the 1980s for their Latin-influenced take on jazz music, in particular such songs as Get Out of Your Lazy Bed and Half a Minute. Following the death of keyboardist Mark Fisher, the Matt Bianco name is now being taken forward by frontman Mark Reilly, who will perform in Tokyo for the first time with the new set up.

City Tokyo
Date 25–27 August
Schedule Various times
Address Blue Note Tokyo
6-3-16 Minami-aoyama
Minato-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-5485-0088
Price Tickets: ¥8,500
Film

A Street Cat Named Bob

Based on a book of the same name, this film tells the true story of homeless man and former drug addict James Bowen and a cat named Bob, who helps Bowen turn his life around after the cat starts following him whenever he goes to busk. Released in the UK in November 2016, the film won Best British Movie at the 2017 National Film Awards.

PHOTO: © 2016 STREET CAT FILM DISTRIBUTION LIMITED ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

City Tokyo
Date From 26 August
Schedule Various times
Address Shinjuku Piccadilly
(Among other locations)
3-15-15 Shinjuku
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-5367-1144
Price Adults: from ¥1,800
Exhibition

Three Generations of Hamada Pottery and British Studio Potters

Takashimaya’s Department Store’s Mingei Exhibition features works by three generations of Hamada potters, as well as the works of contemporary British studio potters, who were greatly influenced by Shoji Hamada, thanks to his friendship with Bernard Leach CBE nearly 100 years ago.
There will also be the chance to listen to a special lecture by Tomoo Hamada on 3 September.

Photo: drew@gallery le fey

City Tokyo
Date 30 August–5 September
Schedule 10:30am–7pm
Address Takashimaya Department Store Tokyo
2-4-1 Nihonbashi
Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-3211-4111
Price Free entry
Performance

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The Dream / Symphonic Variations / Marguerite and Armand

This rendition of one of Shakespeare’s best-known plays was originally choreographed by Sir Frederick Ashton CBE and premiered in 1964 in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth.
Performed in early June at the Royal Opera House in London, it features Japanese ballet dancer Akane Takada as Titania.

PHOTO: © ROH. PHOTO BY Tristram Kenton

City Tokyo
Date From 1 September
Schedule Various times
Address TOHO Cinemas Nihonbashi
(Among other locations)
2-3-1 Nihonbashi-muromachi
Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Phone 050-6868-5060
Price Adults: from ¥3,600
Musical

Finding Neverland: the Musical

This Broadway musical was written by English songwriter and record producer Eliot Kennedy and Take That singer Gary Barlow. The story is based on the 2004 film of the same name and follows the life of Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie, exploring the events that inspired him to create the legendary character. The production is now going on its first world tour and features actors Billy Tighe as J.M. Barrie and Christine Dwyer as Slyvia Lleweln Davies.

PHOTO: © jeremy daniel

City Tokyo
Date 8 September–24 September
Schedule Various times
Address Tokyu Theatre Orb
Shibuya Hikarie 11th floor
2-21-1 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone 0570-550-799
Price Tickets: from ¥9,000
Performance

Othello

An exciting new production from the Royal Opera House’s Summer 2016/17 season, Keith Warner directs Othello. Originally composed by Verdi, it is the first time in 30 years that a new production using this music has been put on stage.
The story revolves around Iago, who is bitter that his general, Othello, did not promote him to lieutenant. Othello falls prey to Iago’s tricks, believing his wife Desdemona is having an affair with lieutenant Cassio.

PHOTO: © ROH. PHOTO BY CATHERINE ASHMORE

City Tokyo
Date From 8 September
Schedule Various times
Address TOHO Cinemas Nihonbashi
(Among other locations)
2-3-1 Nihonbashi-muromachi
Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Phone 050-6868-5060
Price Adults: from ¥3,600
Musical

Billy Elliot the Musical

Set in northern England during the 1984–85 miners’ strike, Billy Elliot tells the story of an 11-year-old boy with a tough upbringing who dreams of dancing and being on stage. The film was adapted in 2005 for the West End stage, where it became an instant hit. This performance, a Japanese version of the modern classic, features four talented young Japanese boys playing the character Billy.

City Tokyo
Date 25 July–19 October
Schedule Various times
Address TBS Akasaka ACT Theatre
5-3-2 Akasaka
Minato-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-3490-4949
Price Adults: from ¥9,500
Film

Spider-Man: Homecoming

This film follows the adventures of Peter Parker, played by the young British actor Tom Holland, as he navigates high school, dealing with being both a teenager and Spider-Man. Holland, who is 21 years old, grew up dancing and acting. His most notable performances to date include his London West End debut as Billy Elliot in 2008 and his role in the 2012 film The Impossible.

PHOTO: © Marvel Studios 2017 / 2017 CTMG. All Rights Reserved.

City Tokyo
Date From 11 August
Schedule Various times
Address Shinjuku Wald 9
(Among other locations)
3-1-26 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-3569-4955
Price Adults: from ¥1,800
Performance

The Mikado

The Mikado is a comic opera written by the renowned composer Arthur Sullivan and dramatist Sir William Gilbert in 1885. Set in a Japan as understood by a 19th-century British audience, the opera tells the story of Nanki-Poo, the son of the Mikado (an old term for the Emperor) who disguised himself as a travelling musician after fleeing his father’s court, and his love interest Yum-Yum. This rendition of the opera will also be performed on 5 and 6 August at the Biwako Centre for the Performing Arts.

Photo: Fabio Parenzan

City Tokyo
Date 26–27 August
Schedule Various times
Address The New National Theatre Tokyo
1-1-1 Honmachi
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-5352-9999
Price Adults: from ¥5,400