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 Royal Ballet’s new Swan Lake will be broadcast live in cinemas.
Liam Scarlett’s new production is the company’s first in 30 years. Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night.

PHOTO: © ROH, 2018.PH. BY BILL COOPER

City Tokyo
Date From 24 August
Schedule
Address TOHO Cinemas Hibiya
(among others)
2-3-1 Nihonbashi-muromachi,
Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Phone 050-6868-5060
Price ¥3,600

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Cinema

King Lear

Directed by Jonathan Munby, this contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play has received rave reviews. This presentation at the Human Trust Cinema, Shibuya, will be broadcast live from London’s West End and features Ian McKellen as King Lear. PHOTO: © JOHAN PERSSON

City Tokyo
Date From 19 April
Schedule
Address Human Trust Cinema
1 Chome-23-16 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0002
Price ¥3,000 (¥2000 for students)
Exhibition

The Burrell Collection: A voyage to Impressionism. Vision of a great shipowner-collector

Born in Glasgow, Scottish shipping merchant and philan­thropist Sir William Burrell (1861–1958) was known for his art collection which included modern French paintings as well as a variety of works by Scottish artists influenced by them. This exhibit at Bunkamura: The Museum features 80 pieces that take the viewer on a journey through art trends, from Realism to Impressionism. ARTWORK: EDGAR DEGAS, THE REHEARSAL, C. 1874, OIL ON CANVAS, GLASGOW, THE BURRELL COLLECTION © CSG CIC GLASGOW MUSEUMS COLLECTION

City Tokyo
Date 27 April–30 June
Schedule
Address The Bunkamura Museum of Art
2-24-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8507
Phone 03-5777-8600 (Hello Dial)
Price ¥1,500
Ballet

Royal Ballet Japan Tour

Returning to Japan for the first time since 2016, the Royal Ballet will be performing two programmes: Don Quixote at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan and a gala performance at the Kanagawa Kenmin Hall. Music will be provided by the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra.
PHOTO: JOHAN PERSSON / ROH

City Tokyo
Date 21–26 June
Schedule
Address Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
5-45 Uenokoen, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8716
03-5685-0650 | www.t-bunka.jp

Kanagawa Kenmin Hall
3-1 Yamashitacho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0023
045-662-5901 | www.kanagawa-kenminhall.com/english
Phone 03-5685-0650
Price ¥8,000–25,000
Exhibition

Parabola of Pre-Raphaelism

Beginning in 1848, British art was shaped by a group of painters, poets and art critics known as the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Some 150 Pre-Raphaelite items will be on display at the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of John Ruskin, the Victorian-era English art critic who supported the Brotherhood.
ARTWORK: FREDERIC LEIGHTON, MOTHER AND CHILD C.1864–5 (OIL ON CANVAS 48.2 X 82CM) ©BLACKBURN MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY

City Tokyo
Date 14 March–9 June
Schedule
Address Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo
2-6-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005
Phone 03-5777-8600
Price ¥1,700
Exhibition

Rolling Stones Exhibitionism

Get set to journey through the world of one of history’s most influential rock ’n’ roll bands. More than 190 original works by artists such as Andy Warhol and David Bailey CBE—as well as some 500 Stones items, including a gallery of vintage guitars, rare instruments and books of lyrics—will be on display.

City Tokyo
Date 15 March–8 June
Schedule
Address TOC Gotanda Messe
6-6-9 Nishigotanda, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 141-0031
Phone 03-3494-2177
Price ¥3,200
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

The Favourite

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, this historical comedy-drama set in early 18th-century England has received rave reviews. It stars British Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Olivia Colman as Queen Anne, Rachel Weisz as Lady Sarah and Emma Stone as Abigail.
PHOTO: © 2018 TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX

City Tokyo
Date Now showing
Schedule
Address TOHO Cinemas Chanter
Hibiya Chanter
100-0006, Tokyo, Chiyoda, Yurakucho, 1 Chome-2-2
Price Price varies
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