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

Film

Art on Screen

Executive Producer and Director Phil Grabsky, the British documen­tary film-maker behind Art on Screen, is the originator and pioneer of bringing exhibition-based art films to the cinema. Michelangelo: Love and Death, I, Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing will be screened this year.

City Tokyo
Date From 23 June
Schedule Various times
Address Togeki
(Among other locations)
Togeki Bldg. 3F, 4-1-1 Tsukiji,
Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-3541-2711
Price Adults: ¥2,000

More events

The Favourite

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, this historical comedy-drama set in early 18th-century England has received rave reviews. It stars British Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Olivia Colman as Queen Anne, Rachel Weisz as Lady Sarah and Emma Stone as Abigail.
PHOTO: © 2018 TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX

City Tokyo
Date Now showing
Schedule
Address TOHO Cinemas Chanter
Hibiya Chanter
100-0006, Tokyo, Chiyoda, Yurakucho, 1 Chome-2-2
Price Price varies
Concert

Chvrches

Mostly deriving their sound from the synth-pop genre, Chvrches also incorporates indietronica, indie-pop and electronic dance into their music. Comprising Iain Cook, Martin Doherty, and Lauren Mayberry on lead vocals, this successful Scottish band from Glasgow will be visiting Tokyo as part of their Japan tour.

City Tokyo
Date 28 February–1 March
Schedule
Address Toyosu Pit
6-1-23 Toyosu, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0061
Phone 03-3531-7888
Price ¥7,500 (includes one drink)
Comedy

Trevor Lock Live at Good Heavens!

English comedian Trevor Lock will be performing for a second time at the British-owned pub Good Heavens! in Shimokitazawa. With writing described by The Sunday Times as “superbly comic,” Trevor’s show will feature completely original material and keep the audience laughing while enjoying a cold British beer!

City Tokyo
Date 8 March
Schedule
Address Good Heavens!
5-32-5 Daizawa 2F, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 155-0032
Phone 03-3411-6774
Price ¥2,500
Play

Stopgap Dance Company: The Enormous Room

Based in the country town of Farnham, Surrey, Stopgap Dance Company has become globally renowned for its poetic and humorous productions and the impressive physical expression of its dancers—both abled and disabled. Stopgap will be performing The Enormous Room, a dance exploration of the grief of a father and daughter who have lost their wife and mother.
PHOTO: ©CHRIS PARKES

City
Date 8–9 March
Schedule
Address Setagaya Public Theatre
4-1-1 Taishido, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 154-004
Phone 03-5432-1515
Price Adults ¥4,000, pair seats ¥7,000
Play

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert—The Musical

Based on the 1994 Australian film written by Stephan Elliot and Scottish screenwriter Allan Scott, this Toho-organised performance stars four talented drag queens who sing and dance to smash disco hits. The brilliant cast and high tempo performances will have you on your feet.

City Tokyo
Date 9–30 March
Schedule
Address Nissay Theatre
1-1-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0006
Phone 03-3503-3111
Price ¥4,000–13,000
Cinema

Mary Queen of Scots

Queen of France at the age of 16 and widowed at 18, Mary Stuart (played by Irish Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan) returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie). The film, from British director Josie Rourke, focuses on the battle between rival queens and their personal journeys as female leaders in a male-dominated era.
PHOTO: © 2018 FOCUS FEATURES LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

City Various locations
Date 15 March
Schedule
Address TOHO Cinemas Chanter
Hibiya Chanter
100-0006, Tokyo, Chiyoda, Yurakucho, 1 Chome-2-2
Price Price varies
Cinema

Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist

This documentary by UK director Lorna Tucker examines the life and extensive career of one of Britain’s most famous fashion designers: Dame Vivienne Westwood. The iconic figure is largely to thank for bringing modern punk and alternative fashions to the mainstream, and has been known for linking her merchandise to civil rights groups and to causes such as climate change.
PHOTO: ©DOGWOOF

City
Date Now showing
Schedule
Address Kadokawa Cinema (among other venues)
Yomiuri Kaikan 8F, 1-11-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku 100-0006
Phone 03-6268-0015
Price ¥1,800
Cinema

My Generation

Legendary British actor Michael Caine narrates this documen­tary, directed by David Batty, about the “swinging London” street culture that still echoes today. Featuring famous bands such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who, and iconic people such as model and actress Twiggy, fashion designer Mary Quant, singer Marianne Faithfull, painter David Hockney and many others!
PHOTO: © RAYMI HERO PRODUCTIONS 2017

City Tokyo
Date 5 January
Schedule
Address Bunkamura Le Cinema
2-24-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8507
Phone 03-3477-9999
Price
Play

Love Never Dies

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Love Never Dies premiered in London in 2010 as a sequel to his famous Phantom of the Opera. This popular musical will be presented at the Nissay Theatre, complete with Japanese cast, until late February.


City Tokyo
Date 15 January–26 February
Schedule
Address Nissay Theatre
1-1-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0006
Phone 03-3490-4949
Price ¥4,000–13,000
Cinema

Mary Poppins Returns

Now grown up, with a family of his own, Michael Banks finds himself in financial trouble. Just as he feels all is lost, his magical childhood nanny, Mary Poppins, returns to take the Banks family on a whirlwind adventure to save the day! Starring Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Whishaw.
PHOTO: © 2019 DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.

City Various locations
Date 1 February
Schedule
Address
Price
Exhibition

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic

The world-famous, much-loved bear Winnie-the-Pooh is the heart of one Britain’s most iconic stories. Tokyoites can step in to the world of Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic, an exhibition from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London—home to the largest collection of Winnie-the-Pooh pencil drawings by original illustrator E.H. Shepard—which is visiting The Bunkamura Museum of Art.
”POOH SITTING ON HIS BRANCH… BESIDE HIM, TEN POTS OF HONEY”
WINNIE-THE-POOH CHAPTER 9, LINE BLOCK PRINT, HAND COLOURED
PHOTO: © E H SHEPARD COLOURING 1970 AND 1973
© ERNEST H. SHEPARD AND EGMONT UK LIMITED

City Tokyo
Date 9 February–14 April
Schedule
Address Bunkamura
52-24-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8507
Phone 03-3477-9111
Price Adults: ¥1,300
Cinema

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

This sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them explores Newt Scamander and Albus Dumbledore’s magic fight to defeat the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. Starring Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Johnny Depp and many more!
© 2018 Warner Bros. Entertainment.
All Rights Reserved. Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Publishing Rights © J.K.R.

City Various locations
Date From 23 November
Schedule Various show times
Address
Price Adults: ¥1,800
Ballet

English National Ballet: Akram Khan’s Giselle

Ballet choreographer Akram Khan’s Giselle is coming to cinemas for the first time. Tamara Rojo CBE dances as Giselle in the classic story of love, betrayal and redemption. Sets and costumes are by Academy Award-winning designer Tim Yip, and composer Vincenzo Lamagna has adapted the original score. Lighting design is by Tony Award-winner Ross MacGibbon.
Photo: Akram Khan’s Giselle © Laurent Liotardo

City Tokyo
Date From 30 November
Schedule Various show times
Address Togeki
4-1-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
(among other locations)
Phone 03-3541-2711
Price Adults: ¥3,500

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