Ninagawa Company
Kafka on the Shore
Adapted for stage by Frank Galati

28 - 30 May 2015 / 19:15, 14:00

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Nothing is quite as it seems in this theatrical adaptation of the mind-bending novel Kafka on the Shore, the international bestseller by one of Japanís most widely read and highly regarded authors. 

Meet 15-year-old Kafka. Accompanied only by an imaginary friend, heís run away from his Tokyo home to escape his screwed-up father and a dark prophecy. Then thereís elderly Nakata, seeker of lost cats. Long touched by a mysterious childhood affliction, he now finds himself in need of some divine assistance.

Fateful encounters await as their parallel odysseys converge in modern-day Japan. Here the borders between reality, dream and myth are constantly crossed in this allegorical tale about waking up to your own life. 

Setting the epic in a series of multilayered sets, Yukio Ninagawa realises his long-held ambition to relocate Haruki Murakamiís text to the stage. He leads a first-class ensemble including the Japanese Academy Award-winning star of The Twilight Samurai, Rie Miyazawa.

ĎI was stunned to see that Ninagawa had literally visualised Murakamiís writing styleí Yomiuri Shimbun (Japan)

3 hours/including an interval 

Age guidance 14+
Performed in Japanese with English surtitles

Cast includes Rie Miyazawa, Naohito Fujiki and Nino Furuhata 
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Part of Theatre & Dance


Presented by the Barbican in association with Thelma Holt, Saitama Arts Foundation, Tokyo Broadcasting System Television Inc and HoriPro Inc

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