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With praise for his “Hamlet” with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2016 still ringing in his ears — and the plum job of artistic director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington D.C. awaiting him in August — Simon Godwin is an undoubted darling of English theater these days.

So for Theatre Cocoon in Shibuya to land his services to re-stage the Bard’s most famous tragedy in a new production with a Japanese cast is certainly quite a coup.

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