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


Ardal O’Hanlon

Irish comedian, actor and writer Ardal O’Hanlon is bringing his award-winning humour to the Good Heavens pub in Shimokitazawa. Called “highly entertaining and frequently brilliant” by the Irish Independent, O’Hanlon has headlined and hosted the BBC’s Live at the Apollo and recorded a one-man special for the US television network Comedy Central.

City Tokyo
Date 23 and 24 January
Address Good Heavens British pub
2F, 5-32-5 Daizawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 155-0032
Phone 03-3411-6774
Price ¥6,000

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Michael Kenna: Beyond Architecture

This engaging exhibition showcases the work of English-born photographer Michael Kenna. In his new book of the same title, Kenna—best known for his black-and-white landscapes that explore the relationship between nature and the structures that humans have placed on Earth—attempts to visualise the memories, traces and atmospheres that are present in human absence.
Photo: Long Wall, Berwick, Northumberland, England. 1991 © Michael Kenna/RAM

City Tokyo
Date Until 19 March
Address Gallery Art Unlimited
1-26-4, 3F Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
Phone 03-6805-5280
Price Free

Queen Exhibition: Bohemian Rhapsody

Celebrate Queen’s love affair with Japan and the special bond that has existed between Japanese fans and the legendary band since their arrival in Tokyo in April 1975. Rare and previously unseen historical items—including 11 original costumes shipped from Europe and a collection of never-before-seen photographs from the Shinko Music Publishing archive—will be on display.

City Yokohama / Osaka / Nagoya
Date Until 6 April
Address Yokohama: Until 22 March, Asobuild
Osaka: 25 March–6 April, Osaka Takashimaya S.C.
Nagoya: 18 April–10 May, Nagoya Matsuzakaya
Price ¥1,800 (¥1,700 advance) | ¥1,400 (students, ¥1,300 advance)

Kenneth Macmillan’s Manon

One of Britain’s most defining ballets, Manon, by Sir Kenneth Macmillan, is based on Abbé Prévost’s 1731 novel Manon Lescaut. It follows the story of a young socialite who is caught between true love and her luxurious lifestyle. The ballet is notable for its complex and exciting choreography.

City Tokyo
Date 22 February–1 March
Address New National Theatre Tokyo, Opera Palace
1-1-1 Honmachi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0071
Phone 03-5352-9999
Price ¥1,650–13,200

Brit Floyd

Billed as “the world’s greatest Pink Floyd show,” Liverpool-based tribute band Brit Floyd returns to the stage to perform its new production Echoes 2020, which includes highlights from The Wall, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Division Bell. Also featured is a show-stopping, 23-minute, note-for-note performance of the iconic, era-defining “Echoes” to mark the song’s 50th anniversary.

City Tokyo
Date 28 February
Address LINE CUBE Shibuya
1-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0042
Phone 050-5533-0888
Price ¥9,900

Sunset Boulevard

A famous story of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition, the musical Sunset Boulevard is based on the 1950 Billy Wilder film of the same title. Featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Sir Christopher Hampton CBE and Don Black OBE, this presentation will feature an all-Japanese cast.

City Tokyo
Date 14–29 March
Address Tokyo International Forum, Hall C
5-3-5, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005
Phone 03-3490-4949
Price ¥5,500–13,500

Future and the Arts:
AI, Robotics, Cities, Life—
How Humanity Will Live Tomorrow

An international project supported in part by a grant from the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, this exhibition comprises more than 100 works in five distinct sections. Themes include: neo-metabolism architecture; possible designs of future cities; lifestyle and design innovations; and the ethical issues of human augmentation.

City Tokyo
Date Until 29 March
Address Mori Art Museum
Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 53F
6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-6150
Phone 03-5777-8600
Price ¥1,800


This film by Scottish director Simon Hunter stars English actress Sheila Hancock CBE and tells the story of an 83-year-old woman pursuing her lifelong dream of climbing Scotland’s Suilven mountain after the death of her husband. Edie won the Juried Narrative Prize at the Berkshire International Film Festival and the International Narrative Prize at the Cleveland International Film Festival in 2018.

City Tokyo
Date 24 January–31 March
Address Cine Switch Ginza
4-4-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
(Also showing at other locations.)
Phone 03-3561-0707
Price Various