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

Ballet

Swan Lake: The Legend Returns

Preserving the iconic elements of the original ballet, Sir Matthew Bourne OBE and award-winning British designers Lez Brotherston and Paule Constable present an exciting rendition of the classic production.
PHOTO: JOHAN PERSSON

City Tokyo
Date Until 21 July
Schedule
Address Bunkamura Orchard Hall
2-24-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8507
Phone 03-3477-9111
Price ¥9,500–13,000

More events

Exhibition

Masterpieces of Impressionism: The Courtauld Collection

This beautiful exhibition displays 60 works from the renowned London Courtauld Gallery and showcases masterpieces by artists such as Manet, Renoir and Gauguin. After Tokyo, the collection will move to the Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art (3 January–15 March) and the Kobe City Museum (28 March–21 June).
PHOTO: ÉDOUARD MANET, A BAR AT THE FOLIES-BERGÈRE, 1882
© COURTAULD GALLERY (THE SAMUEL COURTAULD TRUST)

City Tokyo
Date 10 September–15 December
Schedule
Address Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
8-36 Ueno-Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0007
Phone 03-5777-8600
Price ¥800–1,600
Play

Bunkamura 30th Anniversary
Discover World Theatre vol. 7 Oedipus

This adaption of Oedipus Rex—considered by many to be the height of Greek tragedy—features an all-Japanese cast that includes Kabuki actor Ebizo Ichikawa in the titular role and Hitomi Kuroki, from the all-female Takarazuka Revue. Lancashire native Matthew Dunster, an Olivier nominee for Best Director, will be making his Japan directorial debut.

City Tokyo
Date 7–27 October
Schedule
Address Bunkamura, Theatre Cocoon
2-24-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8507
Phone 03-3477-9999
Price ¥5,500–12,500
Ballet

Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet

The first full-length ballet by the late Sir Kenneth MacMillan (1929–93)—one of Britain’s most influential choreographers—returns to Tokyo. This beautiful interpretation of the greatest love story ever told features National Ballet of Japan dancers and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, led by British conductor Martin Yates.
PHOTO: TAKASHI SHIKAMA

City Tokyo
Date 19–27 October
Schedule
Address New National Theatre, Tokyo
1-1-1 Honmachi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0071
Phone 03-5352-9999
Price ¥3,240–12,960
Exhibition

Star Wars Identities

Leading up to the December release of The Rise of Skywalker, starring British actors Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, this exhibition from a galaxy far, far away features Star Wars characters, models and interactive content from the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.

City Tokyo
Date Until 13 January
Schedule
Address Warehouse Terrada G1-5F
2-6-4 Higashi Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 140-0002
Price ¥3,200 (adults)
Cinema

Tolkien

British actor Nicholas Hoult stars as J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the legendary novel The Lord of the Rings, in a film depicting his formative years. Written by Irish theatre writer David Gleeson and British writer Stephen Beresford.
PHOTO: ©2019 TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX

City Tokyo
Date From 30 August
Schedule
Address TOHO Cinemas Hibiya
Tokyo Midtown Hibiya 4F
1-1-2 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0006
Phone 050-6868-5068
Price Varies
Cinema

Spider-Man: Far from Home

Preceding the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man, played by British actor Tom Holland, must overcome new obstacles that have come about as the world undergoes great changes.


City Various locations
Date From 28 June
Schedule
Address TOHO Cinemas Roppongi Hills
6-10-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
050-6868-5024

TOHO Cinemas Chanter
1-2-2 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0006
050-686-5001
Price
Exhibition

Exhibition of valuable books by William Morris

A prominent 19th century designer, poet, social activist and leading figure in the British Arts and Crafts Movement, Morris revolutionised decorative art and textile design. This showcase will present books published by his famous Kelmscott Press.


City Tokyo
Date 28 June–21 December
Schedule Closed 22–26 September
Address Meisei Gallery, Meisei University
2-1-1 Hodokubo, Hino-shi, Tokyo
gad-gallery@ml.meisei-u.ac.jp
Price Free (Please show photo ID at the entrance)
Exhibition

Contemporary Encounters with the Modern Masters

Showcasing contemporary artwork, this exhibition features sound installations from two British artists: Oliver Beer and Susan Philipsz OBE. Best known for capturing sounds from objects and architecture, Beer’s original techniques allow for a fresh perspective to listening. Recipient of the 2012 Turner Prize for visual arts, Philipsz uses spaces, narratives and sounds to create interactive installations around the globe.
DEVILS (DETAIL), 2017. © OLIVER BEER. PHOTO BY STEPHEN WHITE. COLLECTION OF MUSEUM VOORLINDEN. IMAGE COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND GALERIE THADDAEUS ROPAC.

City Kanagawa
Date 10 August–1 December
Schedule
Address Pola Museum of Art
1285 Kozukayama, Sengokuhara, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa 250-0631
Phone 0460-84-2111
Price ¥1,800 (Adults)
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