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

Musical

Finding Neverland: the Musical

This Broadway musical was written by English songwriter and record producer Eliot Kennedy and Take That singer Gary Barlow. The story is based on the 2004 film of the same name and follows the life of Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie, exploring the events that inspired him to create the legendary character. The production is now going on its first world tour and features actors Billy Tighe as J.M. Barrie and Christine Dwyer as Slyvia Lleweln Davies.

PHOTO: © jeremy daniel

City Tokyo
Date 8 September–24 September
Schedule Various times
Address Tokyu Theatre Orb
Shibuya Hikarie 11th floor
2-21-1 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone 0570-550-799
Price Tickets: from ¥9,000

More events

Concert

The Queen’s Guards Regimental Band

The Band of the Coldstream Guards was formed in 1785 in Scotland, and is one of the oldest bands in the British Army, taking part on occasions such as the Changing of the Guard. They comprise a variety of ensembles, including a concert band, marching band and a brass quintet. The band has played in Japan on many occasions, and this time they will be playing seven shows, including one in Tokyo.

City Tokyo
Date 15–25 September
Schedule 7pm
Address Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre
(Among other locations)
1-8-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro
Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Price Adults: from ¥6,000
Film

Swiss Army Man

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.

PHOTO: © 2016 Ironworks Productions, LLC.

City Tokyo
Date From 22 September
Schedule Various times
Address Toho Cinemas Chanter
(Among other locations)
Hibiya Chanter, 1-2-2 Yurakucho
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-5521-8048
Price Adults: from ¥1,800
Performance

National Theatre Live: No Man’s Land

Written by Harold Pinter in 1974, this comic play tells the story of ageing writers Hirst and Spooner, who meet in a pub in Hampstead, London, and spend their evening drinking together. Drinking more and more, the pair go to Hirst’s house nearby, where things take a darker turn.
Hirst and Spooner are played by stage and screen legends Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart.

PHOTO: © Johan Persson

City Tokyo
Date From 22 September
Schedule Various times
Address Toho Cinemas Nihonbashi
(Among other locations)
Coredo Muromachi 2
2-3-1 Nihonbashi-muromachi
Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Phone 050-6868-5060
Price Adults: from ¥3,000
Film

Don’t Take Me Home

This film retells the exciting events of 2016 in Welsh football, when the national team made great gains in the FIFA rankings and, for the first time in 58 years, took part in an international tournament: the 2016 UEFA European Championship. Led by manager Chris Coleman, the team went on to reach the last four of the tournament, the greatest moment in Welsh football history.

City Tokyo
Date 30 September
Schedule 5pm
Address Clann Irish Pub
3F Noble Building
1-8-18 Jiyugaoka
Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Price Adults: from ¥1,500
Performance

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

The Tokyo International Players are putting on an exciting new performance of Sweeney Todd in October. Todd, a barber working on Fleet Street, kills many of his customers in an iconic fashion—pulling a lever on the barber’s chair, he tips his victims backwards through a trapdoor. He finishes off his victims in the basement by slitting their throats. Partner in crime Mrs. Lovett then cooks the victims, who are served up in the local pie shop.

PHOTO: © ROH. PHOTO BY CATHERINE ASHMORE

City Tokyo
Date 12–15 October
Schedule Various times
Address Shinjuku Theatre MoliereVarious times
2F Shinjuku Moliere Building
3-33-10 Shinjuku
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Price Adults: from ¥4,500
Performance

Othello

An exciting new production from the Royal Opera House’s Summer 2016/17 season, Keith Warner directs Othello. Originally composed by Verdi, it is the first time in 30 years that a new production using this music has been put on stage.
The story revolves around Iago, who is bitter that his general, Othello, did not promote him to lieutenant. Othello falls prey to Iago’s tricks, believing his wife Desdemona is having an affair with lieutenant Cassio.

PHOTO: © ROH. PHOTO BY CATHERINE ASHMORE

City Tokyo
Date From 8 September
Schedule Various times
Address TOHO Cinemas Nihonbashi
(Among other locations)
2-3-1 Nihonbashi-muromachi
Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Phone 050-6868-5060
Price Adults: from ¥3,600
Musical

Billy Elliot the Musical

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.

City Tokyo
Date 25 July–19 October
Schedule Various times
Address TBS Akasaka ACT Theatre
5-3-2 Akasaka
Minato-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-3490-4949
Price Adults: from ¥9,500