Kafka On The Shore
Drama

Barbican

Kafka On The Shore

28 May 2015 - 30 May 2015

£16.00 - £50.00

Pro reviewers rating
3 reviews

3.7 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

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Meet 15-year-old Kafka. Accompanied only by an imaginary friend, he’s run away from his Tokyo home to escape his screwed-up father and a dark prophecy. Then there’s 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 Murakami’s text to the stage. Nothing is quite as it seems in this theatrical adaptation of the mind-bending international bestseller.
 

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Barbican [Off West End]

“Ninagawa and his designer conjure up a world poised between reality and dream... A sensuous theatrical spectacle. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Brilliantly inventive... The control and detail of the performances are equally breathtaking... Hard to resist. ”

Other newspaper reviewers

“Ambitious... faithfully realised... A crisp condensation of an elusory story... Can be gorgeous. ”

Matt Trueman (What's On Stage, Time Out)

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