Tenpou Juuninen no Shakespeare / Shakespeare of the Year 1841
Tanaka, Nobuko. “The Bard in abundance in Edo Japan.” The Japan Times, 22 September 2005.
After four hours rejoicing in my seat as I watched “Tempo 12-nen no Shakespeare (Shakespeare in the 12th year of Tempo)” at the Theatre Cocoon, had I been wearing one I would have taken off my hat to the team who delivered the marvelous, grand-scale production — director Yukio Ninagawa, writer Hisashi Inoue, music director Ryudo Uzaki and the entire, accomplished cast.
Beforehand, this production had always been one to look forward to, though I had worried whether such a deluxe lineup of talents would be able to combine successfully to realize their potential. But from the very start, it was obvious that the world-renowned 69-year-old Ninagawa had worked his magic on 70-year-old Inoue’s epic — a single play that combines all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays into one story. Read full article.