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.
Based on the life of Queen Elizabeth I up until the age of 25, when she became queen, Lady Bess is a musical by Michael Junze and Sylvester Levay. The production, which premiered in Japan in 2014, is a fictionalised account of the monarch’s upbringing. This performance sees the return of Shuichiro Koike, who directed the premiere, along with the original cast.
As part of a joint international project with the British Museum, the works of famed ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai are featured at this exhibition, which focuses on his original drawings from the last 30 years of his life. In addition to influencing Van Gogh and Monet, his piece Under a Wave off Kanagawa (also known as The Great Wave), is one of the best-known artworks in the world.
Under a Wave off Kanagawa, Katsushika Hokusai (about 1830–33)
© The Trustees of the British Museum. Acquired with the assistance of the Art Fund.
Built from a seat of solid wood into which the chair back and legs are connected, Windsor chairs first appeared in Buckinghamshire. They came to be highly admired by the founders of the mingei craft movement, Yanagi Soetsu and Hamada Shoji, as well as stencil dyeing artist Keisuke Serizawa.
This is an existential three-character tragicomedy, written by leading Japanese playwright and director Hideki Noda. In this English-language adaptation, the British actors Kathryn Hunter and Glyn Pritchard play the roles of father and daughter, respectively. Hideki Noda himself plays the mother, as he attempts to bring modern Japanese theatre to a wider international audience.
Art direction: Yuni Yoshida
Muse is an English rock band from Teignmonth, Devon, that formed in 1994 and who incorporate electronic and classical elements into their music. They have sold over 20mn albums worldwide, and have won numerous awards. They also have claimed two Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album, two Brit Awards for Best British Live Act, five MTV Europe Music Awards and eight NME Awards.
Radio DJ Guy Perryman MBE is back with his annual British market-themed event in Tokyo. Perryman aims to recreate the feel of a true London market place, inspired by the exciting and creative vibes of those found in Covent Garden, Camden and Borough. This event, in the heart of Harajuku, aspires to act as a bridge between Japan and the rest of the world, creating a community spirit in Tokyo, and features artisan products from both Britain and Japan. The perfect way to start off the festive season.
Written and directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, this comedy–drama tells the story of Hank, a man lost on an island. Just as he is about to kill himself, he sees a body wash up on the shore. The dead body, played by British actor Daniel Radcliffe, appears to possess a variety of strange powers that Hank can use to help him get off the island and make his way back to civilisation.
The film won the Best Director Award in the US Dramatic category at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
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