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“Propeller may be another English group of actors doing a play by their compatriot, Shakespeare, but this is something quite different. How different? . . . Well, you will understand what I mean if you see it!”

Playwright, director and actor Hideki Noda, who offered that intriguing quote the other day, is one of the most important figures in Japanese contemporary theater. But he made the comment from his position as the new artistic director of the publicly funded Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space in Ikebukuro — where, to the astonishment of all, he has singled out the British all-male Propeller theater company to stage his debut production.

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