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.


Official Secrets

Directed by Gavin Hood and starring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes, this is the true story of a British whistleblower who leaked information to the press about an illegal NSA spy operation designed to push the UN Security Council into sanctioning the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Photo: Nick Wall © Official Secrets Holdings, LLC

City Tokyo
Date Now playing
Address TOHO Cinemas Chanter
1-2-2 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0006
Phone 050-6868-5001

More events


Billy Elliot—Little Dancer

Based on the film about a working-class boy in Northern England who dreams of becoming a ballet dancer, this hit musical features songs by the legendary Elton John.

City Tokyo
Date Until 17 October
Address TBS Akasaka ACT Theatre
Akasaka Sacas, 5-3-2 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8006
Phone 03-3589-2277
Price ¥10,000–14,000
Special Event

Imperial Hotel Tokyo: British Week

This year, the annual event will feature a special afternoon tea to mark the 130th birthday of both the hotel and English author Agatha Christie.
AGATHA CHRISTIE is a registered trademark of Agatha Christie Limited in the UK and elsewhere. All rights reserved.

City Tokyo
Date Until 31 October
Address Imperial Hotel, Tokyo
1-1-1 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8558
Phone 03-3504-1111

Cerith Wyn Evans Exhibition

The work of Welsh conceptual artist, sculptor and filmmaker Cerith Wyn Evans, renowned for using abstract materials such as light and sound to appeal to the senses, is on display at the Pola Museum of Art. It is Evans’ first solo exhibition in Japan. Photo: Ken Kato

City Kanagawa
Date Until 3 November
Address 1285 Kozukayama, Sengokuhara, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa 250-0631
Phone 0460-84-2111
Price Free (Atrium Gallery only)


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
Address Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre
1-8-1 Nishiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-0021
Price ¥12,000

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
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

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.

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

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
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

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
Address The National Museum of Western Art
7-7 Ueno-koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0007
Phone 03-5777-8600
Price ¥1,700

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

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

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
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)

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
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

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

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