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



The film Hampstead is a 2017 British drama written by Robert Festinger and directed by Joel Hopkins. The film stars Diane Keaton, Brendan Gleeson, James Norton, Lesley Manville, Jason Watkins and Simon Callow.

City Tokyo
Date From 21 April
Schedule Various Times
Address Cine Switch Ginza
(Among other locations)
Hata Bldg.
4-4-5 Ginza
Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-3561-0707
Price Adults: ¥1,800

Jekyll & Hyde & So on

In his play Jekyll & Hyde & So on, based on the English novel Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Koki Mitani, a well-known Japanese playwright and director, transforms the horrific atmosphere of the original novel with his unique comical style.

City Tokyo
Date 27 April–26 May
Schedule Various times
Address Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre
1-8-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro
Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-3490-4949
Price Adults: from ¥7,500

Paddington Bear

Since the 1958 publication of Michael Bond CBE’s first book, A Bear Called Paddington, more than 150 titles have been published in a variety of formats, and Paddington Bear has become popular around the world. Bond passed away in June 2017, and this exhibition is being held in memory of his work.

City Tokyo
Date 28 April–25 June
Schedule 10am–6pm (last entry at 5:30pm)
Open until 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays
Closed: 8 May and 5 June
Address The Bunkamura Museum of Art
2-24-1 Dogenzaka
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-5777-8600
Price Adults: ¥1,400

The Dream

This is Frederick Ashton’s delightful interpretation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It is a ballet of British aesthetics and lyricism. Serenade will also be performed for the first time by the Tokyo Ballet.

City Tokyo
Date 28, 30 April
Schedule 3pm
Address Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
Ueno Koen 5-45
Taito-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-3791-8888
Price Adults: from ¥4,000

Casino Royale in Concert

Casino Royale, the 21st James Bond film, will be screened for the first time in Japan with the soundtrack performed live by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Nicholas Buc.

City Tokyo
Date 29 April
Schedule 1pm (Doors open at 12pm)
Address Tokyo International Forum Hall A
3-5-1 Marunouchi
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone 0570-550-799
Price Adults: from ¥7,800

The Who’s Tommy

This is a rock musical with music and lyrics by Pete Townshend and a book by Townshend and Des McAnuff. It is based on The Who’s 1969 rock opera Tommy. After witnessing a killing, young Tommy loses the ability to see, hear and speak. His family struggle to raise him until they discover an unexpected skill that will propel him to fame and fortune, and ultimately to become a superstar.

City Tokyo
Date 17–20 May
Schedule Various times
Address The Pocket
Pocket Square
3-22-8 Nakano
Nakano-ku, 164-0001
Phone 090-6009-4171
Price Adults: ¥4,500