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UK arts events in Japan

Performance

Look Back in Anger

Written by English playwright John Osborne, Look Back in Anger tells the story of a young, working-class man, Jimmy Porter, and his wife Alison. The play draws attention to the struggles of the working class population in post-war Britain, and its popularity led to the coining of the term “angry, young men”.
The play is the 12th instalment in the New National Theatre, Tokyo’s JAPAN MEETS...A Look at the Lineage of Contemporary Drama series.

PHOTO: Wallace/ANL/REX/Shutterstock

City Tokyo
Date 12–30 July
Schedule Various Times
Address The New National Theatre Tokyo
1-1-1 Honmachi
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-5352-9999
Price Adults: from ¥3,240

More events

Performance

Ballet Asteras 2017

This annual showcase invites professional Japanese dancers from overseas for a rare opportunity to perform to a Japanese audience at the New National Theatre, Tokyo. Music by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by David Garforth, will accompany the dancers. Garforth is a British conductor who studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music. He has previously worked with the English National Ballet, and has conducted for the Paris Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin.

City Tokyo
Date 22 July
Schedule 3pm
Address New National Theatre, Tokyo
1-1-1 Honmachi
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-5352-9999
Price Adults: from ¥4,320
Performance

Ninagawa Theatre: Macbeth

This screening is part of a memorial series showcasing the work of acclaimed Japanese theatre director Yukio Ninagawa, who was known for his Japanese language productions of Western classics, particularly Shakespeare. This performance is based on his 2015 production of Macbeth, which tells the story of a Scottish general who becomes obsessed with a prophecy that he is to be the King of Scotland.

City Saitama
Date 13–29 July
Schedule Various times
Address Sainokuni Saitama Arts Theater
3-15-1 Uemine
Chuo-ku, Saitama
Phone 048-858-5500
Price Adults: from ¥9,000
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
Concert

Fuji Rock

Iconic rock festival Fuji Rock celebrates a diverse range of music, inviting artists from all over the world to perform in a tranquil outdoor environment surrounded by the mountains of the Naeba Ski Resort. The festival always attracts well-known British artists and this year is no exception. Gorillaz and Aphex Twin will be headlining the first two days, and other UK artists including The XX, Rag’n’Bone Man, as well as Catfish and The Bottlemen also will be performing. In addition to music, there will be quality food and drink, camping and fun for all ages.

City Yuzawa
Date 28–30 July
Schedule Opens: 9am
Address Naeba Ski Resort
Yuzawa
Niigata
Price Adults: from ¥19,000
Film

Spider-Man: Homecoming

This film follows the adventures of Peter Parker, played by the young British actor Tom Holland, as he navigates high school, dealing with being both a teenager and Spider-Man. Holland, who is 21 years old, grew up dancing and acting. His most notable performances to date include his London West End debut as Billy Elliot in 2008 and his role in the 2012 film The Impossible.

PHOTO: © Marvel Studios 2017 / 2017 CTMG. All Rights Reserved.

City Tokyo
Date From 11 August
Schedule Various times
Address Shinjuku Wald 9
(Among other locations)
3-1-26 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-3569-4955
Price Adults: from ¥1,800
Performance

The Mikado

The Mikado is a comic opera written by the renowned composer Arthur Sullivan and dramatist Sir William Gilbert in 1885. Set in a Japan as understood by a 19th-century British audience, the opera tells the story of Nanki-Poo, the son of the Mikado (an old term for the Emperor) who disguised himself as a travelling musician after fleeing his father’s court, and his love interest Yum-Yum. This rendition of the opera will also be performed on 5 and 6 August at the Biwako Centre for the Performing Arts.

Photo: Fabio Parenzan

City Tokyo
Date 26–27 August
Schedule Various times
Address The New National Theatre Tokyo
1-1-1 Honmachi
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-5352-9999
Price Adults: from ¥5,400
Film

The Girl with All the Gifts

This British film, adapted from the novel of the same name by M.R. Carey, is set in a post-apocalyptic world. After an infection has turned most of humanity into flesh-eating zombies, humankind’s survival is in the hands of a scientist, a teacher, two soldiers and a girl called Melanie. The Girl with All the Gifts is directed by Colm McCarthy, the Scottish director who has worked on BBC productions such as Doctor Who and Sherlock.

PHOTO: © Gift Girl Limited / The British Film Institute 2016

City Tokyo
Date From 1 July
Schedule Various times
Address Shinjuku Wald 9
(Among other locations)
3-1-26 Shinjuku
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-5369-4955
Price Adults: from ¥1,800