Nobuko Tanaka

Nobuko Tanaka is a stage writer who has regularly contributed contemporary theater and dance articles to The Japan Times since 2001. She also writes for several Japanese and overseas magazines and web sites. As a promoter, she takes Japanese artists to foreign theater festivals.

For Nobuko Tanaka's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Take your pick of the year's highlights in Japanese theater

Dec 27, 2016

Take your pick of the year's highlights in Japanese theater

From soccer minnows Leicester City winning the English Premier League to “That Election” in the (dis)-United States, 2016 has been a year of surprises, shocks and new directions. In Japan, as is par for the five-ringed sporting circus, 2020’s upcoming Tokyo Olympics have been ...

The waiting's over for stars of 'Billy Elliot'

Dec 27, 2016

The waiting's over for stars of 'Billy Elliot'

Eleven years after he saw “Billy Elliot” in London’s West End and was inspired to stage the musical in Japan with a Japanese cast, Yoshitaka Hori, president of leading production company Horipro Corp., could finally stand smiling at a Tokyo press conference called on ...

A golden age of theater for Japan's seniors

Nov 24, 2016

A golden age of theater for Japan's seniors

At the age of 91, Saitama resident Izumi Noguchi is speaking at his first press conference — at least as an actor anyway. “When I saw an advert in April inviting anyone aged 60 or older to audition for a new project called 10,000 ...

Festival/Tokyo speaks with a defiant voice

Oct 6, 2016

Festival/Tokyo speaks with a defiant voice

Press conferences are usually upbeat affairs, but at the one held to herald Festival/Tokyo — a two-month theater festival that kicks off Oct. 15 — Artistic Director Sachio Ichimura appears looking worried and begins proceedings by bemoaning the event’s financial situation and wondering aloud ...

Munby's 'Crucible' speaks to societies built on fear

Sep 27, 2016

Munby's 'Crucible' speaks to societies built on fear

“When the opportunity came to work at Theatre Cocoon in Tokyo, I was so excited about the great dramatist Yukio Ninagawa being the artistic director there,” the English director Jonathan Munby declared. Of course that was before Ninagawa died, age 80, in May this ...

'Dragon Quest' show pulls its audiences into the action

Jul 26, 2016

'Dragon Quest' show pulls its audiences into the action

For gamers and lovers of sheer theatrical spectacle alike, the summer’s hottest ticket seems sure to be for “Dragon Quest Live Spectacle Tour,” whose 40 shows nationwide are set to be attended by some 400,000 people — with everyone receiving a wristband enabling them ...