21 May 2015 - 24 May 2015

£16.00 - £50.00

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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.

Popular Japanese actor Tatsuya 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.


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“Performed as declamatory naturalism, but infused with traditional kabuki and noh effects... Acting that's emphatically physical.”

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

“Acclaimed Japanese director's latest production is vivid if arid. ”

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