Ninagawa still exploring in eighth take on 'Hamlet'

Feb 4, 2015

Ninagawa still exploring in eighth take on 'Hamlet'

by Nobuko Tanaka

Yukio Ninagawa’s “cherry-blossom” staging of “Macbeth” at the Edinburgh Festival in 1985, with actors in that famously Scottish play sporting kimono rather than kilts, was a sensation due to its radical reimagining of so revered a work. Since then, the 79-year-old director’s uniquely visual ...

High drama at Festival/Tokyo

Oct 29, 2014

High drama at Festival/Tokyo

by Nobuko Tanaka

News in March that 38-year-old Chiaki Soma had suddenly been removed from the post of program director of Festival/Tokyo, which she had held since it started in 2009, set many theater lovers worrying about the future of the flagship drama event whose stature at ...

Show marks award of kabuki star's new name

Dec 18, 2013

Show marks award of kabuki star's new name

by Mika Eglinton

Names matter, and in the realm of Japanese culture almost nowhere more than in kabuki, one of whose top names, Ennosuke IV, has just become artistic director of the Shunju-za theater in Kyoto. To mark this event, an exhibition titled “Ennosuke e no Kiseki” ...

Seven years on, and everyone's itching for more

Aug 10, 2013

Seven years on, and everyone's itching for more

by Nobuko Tanaka

To date, including his all-male production of “The Merchant of Venice” that’s set to run next month at Sainokuni Saitama Arts Theater outside Tokyo, Yukio Ninagawa will have staged 29 of the 38 plays attributed to William Shakespeare — and his ambition to direct ...

Elderly Saitama theater troupe takes on world

May 14, 2013

Elderly Saitama theater troupe takes on world

A theater company of elderly actors led by renowned stage director Yukio Ninagawa has been busy rehearsing for a tour of Japan and Paris that kicks off on Thursday. Consisting of 41 members aged between 62 and 87, Saitama Gold Theater was formed in ...