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The magazine of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan

UK arts events in Japan

Cinema

England is Mine

The title of this biographical drama about the life of singer Steven Patrick Morrissey comes from the song “Still Ill” by the legendary rock band The Smiths, the group he would come to front as simply Morrissey. Here, British actor Jack Lowden portrays Morrissey’s early life in 1970s Manchester, England, before he went on to become the lead singer of the influential group.
PHOTO: © 2017 ESSOLDO PICTURES LIMITED ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

City Tokyo
Date From 31 May
Schedule
Address Cine Quinto
Shibuya Toba Building
20-7 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0042
Price

More events

Comedy

Glenn Wool Live at Good Heavens!

Canadian comedian Glenn Wool is an established star of the London comedy circuit. He has appeared on numerous UK stand-up shows, including 8 Out of 10 Cats, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Russell Howard’s Good News and many more. Dubbed by The Guardian as “effortlessly funny with an affability that other comics can only dream of,” Howard will be performing at British bar Good Heavens. Don’t miss this opportunity to see him live in Tokyo!

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City Tokyo
Date 18 June
Schedule 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Address 5 Chome-32-5 Daizawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 155-0032
Phone 03-3411-6774
Price Early Bird ¥2,500 / Regular ¥3,500
Exhibition

Paddington Bear

Published in 1958, A Bear Called Paddington became the first of a widely popular series of children’s books that have become synonymous with England. Original sketches, including those by Peggy Fortnum (the first to illustrate the character), author Michael Bond’s writing utensils and rare interview footage have been brought together for this exhibition, which celebrates the 60th anniversary of Paddington Bear. It is a touching and fitting presentation in memory of Bond, who died in 2017 aged 91.
ARTWORK: ILLUSTRATED BY IVOR WOOD © PADDINGTON AND COMPANY LTD 2019

City Gunma
Date Until 23 June
Schedule
Address The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma
Gunma-no-mori Park, 992-1 Watanuki-machi,
Takasaki, Gunma 370-1293
Price ¥820
Cinema

The White Crow

Ralph Fiennes directs and stars in this retelling of the dramatic life of Soviet ballet phenom Rudolf Nureyev—played by Oleg Ivenko—whose defection to the West in 1961 was a widely followed scandal. Nureyev went on to dance with the Royal Ballet in London from 1983 to 1989.
PHOTO: ©2019 BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION AND MAGNOLIA FILMS

City Tokyo
Date From 10 May
Schedule
Address TOHO Cinemas Chanter
1-2-2 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0006
Phone 050-686-5001
Price
Exhibition

Where Design Is Found

Looking at the origins of design, this exhibition features about 120 design works, including pieces by Pierre Chareau and Christopher Dresser. The latter was a designer and design theorist from Glasgow, Scotland, who was a major contributor to the allied Anglo-Japanese or Modern English style, both of which originated in England and had long-lasting international influence.
PHOTO: DRESSER CHRISTOPHER, GARDEN CHAIR, 1867, THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, TOKYO

City Tokyo
Date 21 May–30 June
Schedule
Address The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Crafts Gallery
1-1 Kitanomaru-koen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0091
Price ¥250
Cinema

King Lear

Directed by Jonathan Munby, this contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play has received rave reviews. This presentation at the Human Trust Cinema, Shibuya, will be broadcast live from London’s West End and features Ian McKellen as King Lear. PHOTO: © JOHAN PERSSON

City Tokyo
Date From 19 April
Schedule
Address Human Trust Cinema
1 Chome-23-16 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0002
Price ¥3,000 (¥2000 for students)
Exhibition

The Burrell Collection: A voyage to Impressionism. Vision of a great shipowner-collector

Born in Glasgow, Scottish shipping merchant and philan­thropist Sir William Burrell (1861–1958) was known for his art collection which included modern French paintings as well as a variety of works by Scottish artists influenced by them. This exhibit at Bunkamura: The Museum features 80 pieces that take the viewer on a journey through art trends, from Realism to Impressionism. ARTWORK: EDGAR DEGAS, THE REHEARSAL, C. 1874, OIL ON CANVAS, GLASGOW, THE BURRELL COLLECTION © CSG CIC GLASGOW MUSEUMS COLLECTION

City Tokyo
Date 27 April–30 June
Schedule
Address The Bunkamura Museum of Art
2-24-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8507
Phone 03-5777-8600 (Hello Dial)
Price ¥1,500
Ballet

Royal Ballet Japan Tour

Returning to Japan for the first time since 2016, the Royal Ballet will be performing two programmes: Don Quixote at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan and a gala performance at the Kanagawa Kenmin Hall. Music will be provided by the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra.
PHOTO: JOHAN PERSSON / ROH

City Tokyo
Date 21–26 June
Schedule
Address Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
5-45 Uenokoen, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8716
03-5685-0650 | www.t-bunka.jp

Kanagawa Kenmin Hall
3-1 Yamashitacho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0023
045-662-5901 | www.kanagawa-kenminhall.com/english
Phone 03-5685-0650
Price ¥8,000–25,000
Cinema

Crooked House

The 2017 British murder-mystery film Crooked House is based on Agatha Christie’s 1949 novel of the same name. As the story unfolds, a spy-turned-private-detective helps his former lover catch her grand­father’s murderer before Scotland Yard can expose the family’s dark secrets.
PHOTO: © 2017 CROOKED HOUSE PRODUCTIONS LTD.

City Various locations
Date From 19 April
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

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

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
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
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

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