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“I’d like ‘The Tempest’ I am creating to be on the smallest scale ever, but as it’s a very spacious stage at the New National Theatre, Tokyo, it won’t have the most compact set. Nonetheless, I will try to present it as stories from within the confines of one man’s memory.”

With those two sentences, 57-year-old director Akira Shirai astounded a press conference held at the NNTT last month for the launch of its upcoming new production.

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