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Hot on the heels of Hideki Noda’s radical adaptation of “Richard III” being staged by Singaporean director Ong Ken Seng at Shizuoka Performing Arts Center from April 29 to May 1, another intriguing transformation of Shakespeare’s Machiavellian king will follow at Theatre Fuusikaden in Tokyo from May 6-31.

Whereas the former is not short of big-name connections, the latter production by Kakushinhan — a company only set up in April 2012 by Ryunosuke Kimura — is somewhat at variance. In fact, though, the young troupe — whose name means “convinced criminals” — have already served their time, with this “Richard III” being their ninth Shakespeare production.

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