Kimura's crazed 'Macbeth' for today

Stage Jan 24, 2017

Kimura's crazed 'Macbeth' for today

by Nobuko Tanaka

"When I was studying English literature at the University of Tokyo, even though I had no theater experience at all, I got the chance to direct 'Macbeth,' " 33-year-old Ryunosuke Kimura explained when we met recently at a rehearsal studio in downtown Tokyo. "To start ...

The top entertainment stories of 2016

Culture Dec 30, 2016

The top entertainment stories of 2016

The Japan Times newsroom selected these culture stories as the most important of 2016. 1. Nothing lasts forever: After conflicting reports dominated tabloids, J-pop act SMAP finally announced a breakup planned for New Year's Eve. Regardless of whether it was in-fighting or exhaustion that led ...

A golden age of theater for Japan's seniors

Stage Nov 24, 2016

A golden age of theater for Japan's seniors

by Nobuko Tanaka

At the age of 91, Saitama resident Izumi Noguchi is speaking at his first press conference — at least as an actor anyway. "When I saw an advert in April inviting anyone aged 60 or older to audition for a new project called 10,000 Gold ...

Renowned Japanese stage director Yukio Ninagawa dies at 80

Entertainment News May 12, 2016

Renowned Japanese stage director Yukio Ninagawa dies at 80

Stage director Yukio Ninagawa, renowned worldwide for his interpretations of plays by William Shakespeare and Greek tragedies, died Thursday of multiple organ failure caused by pneumonia, theater sources said. He was 80. Following his debut as a theater director in 1969, the native of Saitama ...

Young dramatists mark the Bard's anniversary in style

Stage Apr 26, 2016

Young dramatists mark the Bard's anniversary in style

by Mika Eglinton

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 ...

New 'Troilus and Cressida' looks like it's making history

Stage Jul 21, 2015

New 'Troilus and Cressida' looks like it's making history

by Nobuko Tanaka

Renowned as a problem play due to its tangled ambiguities and a storyline that cries out for a catharsis, "Troilus and Cressida" is among the most rarely staged of William Shakespeare's 37 plays. In Japan, other than Yukio Ninagawa's all-male 2012 production, whose spectacular and ...