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

Please note that, due to the rapidly changing COVID-19 coronavirus situation, all events are subject to cancellation or postponement. Please check event/organiser websites for the latest information.

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

More events

Musical

Violet

A multi-award-winning musical based on Doris Betts' short story “The Ugliest Pilgrim”. This joint production by the Charing Cross Theatre and the Umeda Arts Theater received good reviews for the performances held at the Charing Cross Theatre, London, between January and April 2019. Performances by a Japanese cast will be held in Tokyo in April.

City Tokyo
Date 7–26 April
Schedule
Address Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre
1-8-1 Nishiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-0021
Price ¥12,000
Play

Small Island

Helen Edmunson’s stage adaptation of British author Andrea Levy’s book Small Island—featuring a company of 40 actors—is coming to Japan. Exploring the history of Jamaica and the UK during World War II, three stories intertwine in this critically praised play. Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots.
Photo: Brinkhoff Moegenburg

City Tokyo
Date 17–23 April
Schedule
Address TOHO Cinemas Nihonbashi
2-3-1 Nihonbashimuromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0022

Cine Libre, Ikebukuro
1-11-1 Nishiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-0021
Price Price: ¥2,500–3,000
Concert

007 Skyfall in Concert

Enjoy Thomas Newman’s Academy Award-winning soundtrack from the 2012 instalment of the James Bond franchise, Skyfall. Immerse yourself in the film as the soundtrack is performed live by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra while the action unfolds on the big screen.
Photo: SKYFALL LICENSED BY MGM. SKYFALL © 2012 DANJAQ & MGM. SKYFALL, 007 AND RELATED JAMES BOND

City Tokyo
Date 28 April
Schedule
Address Tokyo International Forum
3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 100-0005
Phone 0570-550-799
Price ¥3,900–9,900
Exhibition

Peter Doig

This is the first solo exhibition in Japan by contemporary Scottish painter Peter Doig, who has been called one of the most important artists in the world today. Inviting viewers on a journey of the imagination through painting, this exhibition covers the artist’s career from his early work to the latest masterpieces.
Photo: ©Peter Doig. Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Anna Marie and Robert F. Shapiro in honor of Kynaston McShine, 2004. All rights reserved, DACS & JASPAR 2020 C3120, 2004 Oil on canvas 200 x 250.5 cm

City Tokyo
Date Until 14 June
Schedule
Address The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
3-1 Kitanomaru-koen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8322
Phone 03-5777-8600
Price Price: ¥1,700
Exhibition

Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London

For the first time in 200 years, the National Gallery, London, is allowing some of the works in its collection to be exhibited abroad. This collection of masterpieces represents an extremely rare opportunity to see 61 important works, such as Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers, Johannes Vermeer’s A Young Woman Seated at the Virginals and Rembrandt’s Self Portrait at the Age of 34.
Photo: ©The National Gallery, London. Bought, 1927

City Tokyo
Date Until 14 June
Schedule
Address The National Museum of Western Art
7-7 Ueno-koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0007
Phone 03-5777-8600
Price ¥1,700
SPECIAL EVENT

St David’s Day Buffet and Performance

Enjoy a traditional Welsh buffet in Tokyo to celebrate St David’s Day (1 March). Lunch will be followed by a special performance of My Body Welsh, a bilingual one-man play featuring Welsh actor Steffan Donnelly, who also wrote the play with Tara Robinson. Nominated for two Wales Theatre Awards in 2018, the play explores mysterious skeletons found at the bottom of a well. Photo: The Invertigo Theatre

Note: The venue and time have been updated.

City Tokyo
Date 29 February
Schedule Buffet lunch starts 1:30pm
(Entrance at 1:00pm)
Performance at 4:00pm
Address Irish Pub CRAIC
2-6-14 Akasaka, Tokyo 107-0052
Phone 080-5533-1726
Price ¥5,000
Exhibition

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
Schedule
Address Gallery Art Unlimited
1-26-4, 3F Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
Phone 03-6805-5280
Price Free
Exhibition

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
Schedule
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)
Ballet

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
Schedule
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
Concert

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
Schedule
Address LINE CUBE Shibuya
1-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0042
Phone 050-5533-0888
Price ¥9,900
Play

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
Schedule
Address Tokyo International Forum, Hall C
5-3-5, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005
Phone 03-3490-4949
Price ¥5,500–13,500
Exhibition

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
Schedule
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
Play

Every Brilliant Thing

This much-talked-about solo show, written jointly by the energetic British playwright Duncan Macmillan and actor Jonny Donahoe, is characterised by its distinctive, unique performance format in which the performer interacts with the audience to explore the brilliant things in life. It will have its Japanese-language premiere in a collaboration between Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre and Ryutopia Niigata City Performing Arts Centre.
Photo: Minna Hatinen

City Tokyo
Date 25 January–5 February
Schedule
Address Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre
1-8-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-0021
Phone 0570-010-296
Price ¥1,000–5,000
Movie

Edie

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
Schedule
Address Cine Switch Ginza
4-4-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
(Also showing at other locations.)
Phone 03-3561-0707
Price Various
Concert

Paul Galbraith

Internationally renowned Scottish guitarist Paul Galbraith will give a recital in Tokyo on the eight-string Brahms guitar, which he developed in 1994 together with David Rubio. The programme will include J.S. Bach’s Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in E-flat (BWV998), Scriabin’s 6 Preludes, as well as “Cataluña” and “Sevilla” from Albeniz’s Suite Española No. 1.

City Tokyo
Date 7 February
Schedule
Address St. Mary’s Cathedral, Tokyo
3-16-15 Sekiguchi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-0014
Phone 090-2644-6401
Price ¥3,500–4,500