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 2006.

Since its debut, the group has regularly managed to attract theater lovers to Saitama Prefecture for its performances, and local residents hope the group will have similar appeal overseas.