One of our greatest Shakespeareans, Yukio Ninagawa directs his best-loved play, returning to the tragedy that he says ‘deals with the world’s vastness and depth’ once more.
Just over 40 years ago, the Japanese director presented his first Shakespeare. Since then, his productions have toured the globe, gaining international repute for their ability to fuse Japanese and European cultural traditions as well as their ravishing visual impact. Surprises abound in sumptuous interpretations remembered for their emblematic approach and innovation.
In this new version of Hamlet, popular Japanese actor Tatsuya Fujiwara takes the title role. Fujiwara made his stage debut at the Barbican under the direction of Ninagawa in 1997 and six years later became the youngest Hamlet in Japanese theatrical history, aged just 21. The pair now reunite as part of the director’s 80th birthday celebrations.
‘Ninagawa’s Japanese Shakespeare productions have been among the experiences of a lifetime’ Guardian
3 hours/including an interval
Age guidance 12+
Performed in Japanese with English surtitles
Cast includes Tatsuya Fujiwara and Hikari Mitsushima