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Twelfth Night
On from 24 Mar 2009 till 28 Mar 2009
by Shochiku Grand Kabuki
Genre(s): Classic

About: Twelfth Night

Marrying traditional Japanese theatre, Kabuki, with Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, celebrated Japanese director, Yukio Ninagawa creates a visionary new production.

Working for the first time with two of Kabuki’s greatest performers, Onoe Kikugoro VII and his son Onoe Kikunosuke V, Ninagawa relocates Shakespeare’s well-loved comedy to a fantastical and colourful world set in Japan’s historical past.

Through stylised gestures, speech and music; executed with precision timing, Kabuki brings a new energy to Shakespeare’s comedic moments. Ninagawa’s striking staging reflects a fanciful but nonetheless quintessential Japanese world producing a Twelfth Night of timeless beauty.

24 – 28 Mar 2009
Barbican Theatre
210 mins/inc interval
Tickets £10- £40

Age guidance 14+

In Japanese with English surtitles

28 Mar – 5.45-6.15pm – Pre Show Talk
Producer Thelma Holt on brining Grand Kabuki to the Barbican. Free to same day ticket holders.

Directed by Yukio Ninagawa
Presented by barbicanbite09 in association with Thelma Holt
Produced by Shochiku Co Ltd

All Nippon Airways Co Ltd, CAC Corporation, Dai Nippon Printing Co
Ltd, DAKS / Sankyo Seiko Co Ltd, HSBC Group, KDDI Corporation, Kinoshita-Koumuten Co Ltd, K.Mikimoto & Co Ltd, Kodansha Ltd., Lawson Ticket Inc, Media Factory Inc, Oji Paper Co Ltd, Pia Corporation, Sagawa Express Co Ltd, Shogakukan Inc, Shueisha Inc. The Agency For Cultural Affairs Government Of Japan and The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation are delighted to support Shochiku Grand Kabuki


‘Ninagawa is one of the most consistently inspirational directors in the world.’ Financial Times

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