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


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.

City Various locations
Date 1 February

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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
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

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
Address Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre
1-8-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-0021
Phone 0570-010-296
Price ¥1,000–5,000


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

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

Philharmonia Orchestra

The London-based Philharmonia Orchestra, founded by classical record producer Walter Legge in 1945, will be performing works by Mahler, Ravel, Salonen, Sibelius, Shostakovich and Stravinsky under the direction of conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen. Violinist Sayaka Shoji will perform on January 23 and 28.

City Tokyo
Date 23, 28–29 January
Address Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre Concert Hall
1-8-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-0021
Phone 0570-010-296
Price ¥12,000–24,000

Ardal O’Hanlon

Irish comedian, actor and writer Ardal O’Hanlon is bringing his award-winning humour to the Good Heavens pub in Shimokitazawa. Called “highly entertaining and frequently brilliant” by the Irish Independent, O’Hanlon has headlined and hosted the BBC’s Live at the Apollo and recorded a one-man special for the US television network Comedy Central.

City Tokyo
Date 23 and 24 January
Address Good Heavens British pub
2F, 5-32-5 Daizawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 155-0032
Phone 03-3411-6774
Price ¥6,000