SAITAMA ARTS THEATER

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Sai-no-kuni Shakespeare Series
"Henry VIII"

King of all kings, once again…

2022 Sept. 16(Fri) – 25(Sun)

 

【Important】Countermeasures Against New Coronavirus Infections and Requests to All Visitors

【Information】Service to provide portable subtitlers for hearing-impaired customers (advance application required)

 

【Related Programs】

◎Sainokuni Shakespeare Lecture Extravaganza “Henry VIII” Study Group For more information, click here

 

TICKET INFO

ON SALE TO GENERAL PUBLIC

July.9.2022 / 10:00am-

SAITAMA ARTS FOUNDATION MEMBERS PRESALE

July.2.2022 / 10:00am-

TICKET AVAILABLE AT BOX OFFICE ON THE DAY OF PERFORMANCE

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Henry VIII, the most scandalous king in British royal history. For the sake of absolute authority, he mercilessly cuts off his subordinates and replaces the queen. The scandal surrounding the king, the intermingling desires and intrigues behind the scandal, and the fierce battle for position are repeated.

The Sai-No-Kuni Shakespeare Series (SSS) was launched in 1998 with the aim of fully staging all 37 Shakespeare plays. Under the direction and supervision of Yukio Ninagawa, it has been 23 years since the first production, “Romeo and Juliet”, and in October 2016, Kotaro Yoshida took over as the second director, completing the 37th production in May 2021, “All’s Well that Ends Well”.

In February 2020, the 35th production of the series, “Henry VIII,” suffered the cancellation of its final performances in the aftereffects of the worldwide outbreak of the new coronavirus infection. A regrettable end to the series–. 2 and a half years have passed since then. The cast and crew who vowed to revive the show have come together once again, and it will be back this September! 

 

【Comment】

◆Director and Performer : Kotaro Yoshida

About 2 years ago, in the middle of a performance, the show was canceled due to Corona, I couldn’t find any way to calm down and was sipping coffee in the dressing room when one by one, the actors who felt the same way gathered around me and said, “It’s so frustrating. I heard that all the regional performances are also cancelled.” “Can’t anything be done?” While I was crying, Abe-chan came over, and I asked Abe-chan, who was very busy, “Abe-chan, let’s do it again,” and he surprisingly seemed to say, “Let’s do it.”

When I later confirmed this, he said he would still do it. I asked all the performers if they would be willing to perform again, and they all said they would. In other words, this re-staging was not decided after much trial and error, but rather was a project that began to take shape almost as soon as the cancellation of the show was decided. The cast is 99% the same as in the first performance, and everyone has long-awaited. Starting with Hiroshi Abe’s King, please look forward to “Henry VIII” becoming even more powerful and more deeper

◆Starring : Hiroshi Abe

I am now excited to be back in that blood curdling Shakespearean world. When the event was canceled 2 years ago with Corona, I was frustrated, but at the same time I thought this was another chance. Sure enough, on the same day, Kotaro approached me about doing the show again. Of course, I said, “Let’s do it.”

Ever since that day, the Henry VIII inside me has been continuing. And I am grateful that almost all of us can do it with the same cast. This time Henry will evolve even further. I am looking forward to it.

 

 

Summary


It takes place in 16th century English royal palace. Favored by Henry VIII, the haughty Cardinal Wolsey, who schemes his way to ascend the throne, is the target of the royalists’ condemnation. One night at a banquet hosted by Wolsey, the king falls in love with Anne Brynn, a courtesan in the service of Queen Catherine. The King files a divorce suit to annul his marriage to the Queen, but religious and complex international issues become intertwined, and the case evolves into a historical problem.

SHOW INFO

Dates

2022 Sept. 16(Fri) – 25(Sun)

Saitama Arts Theater・Live!!】(★=Held times)

Live performances by a variety of members will begin 20 minutes before the doors open at the theater’s Information Plaza (1st floor) and other locations. Please stop by while you wait for the lobby of the Main Hall to open.

【Service to provide portable subtitlers for hearing-impaired customers (advance application required)】(*=Held times)

Venue

Saitama Arts Theater / Main Theater

Written by

W. Shakespeare

Translated by

Kazuko Matsuoka

Directed by

Kotaro Yoshida (Artistic Director of the Sainokuni Shakespeare Series)

Cast

Hiroshi Abe, Kotaro Yoshida, Daichi Kaneko, Yuko Miyamoto, Kasumi Yamaya,
Ayumi Tanida, Yamato Kochi

Keita Oishi, Hiroyuki Mamiya, Takashi Hirota, Shunsaku Kudo, Akiyoshi Sakurai, Yukio Tsukamoto, Kunihiro Iida, Masazumi Nitanda,
Ryoji Sugimoto, Tetsu Mizuguchi, Makoto Sasaki, Yuichiro Fukuda, Keisuke Okawara,
Akinori Suzuki, Yushi Hasegawa,
Shinpei Saito, Konomi Uchida, Miwa Furusyo, Minami Yamada, Chikako Sakata, Yoko Soumi, Tsukasa Yuki
※Saitama Next Theatre

Music: Sami Elu

Presented by

Saitama Arts Foundation

Produced by

Saitama Arts Foundation / HORIPRO,INC

Planning

Saitama Arts Theater Shakespeare Planning Committee

Subsidized by

Subsidy for the Promotion of Culture and the Arts, Agency for Cultural Affairs(Project to strengthen the functions of theaters and music halls) 

Japan Arts Council

Hearing Aid System

The theater has an FM hearing aid system as a hearing support device. Customers who wear hearing aids with T-coil or cochlear implants can borrow a special receiver. For those who do not have hearing aids, a special receiver and earphones are available for loan. It can be used at any seat in the hall.

*Please contact the SAF Ticket Center in advance for details.

Childcare Service

Preschool children are not allowed to enter this performance.

Childcare reservations are available for preschool children ages 2 and up.

 

【Childcare application】

Comaam Inc.

048-240-5000 (9:00-6:00pm except Sat, Sun and holidays)

*1,000 yen per child will be charged.

*Please apply at least one week prior to the performance.

*Application will be closed as soon as it reaches capacity.

*Due to measures against new coronavirus infection, we can only accept one person per performance. Please contact if you wish to apply for more than one person.

Tour Schedule

<Aichi Performance>

Period: 2022 Sept. 30(Fri) ~ Oct. 2(Sun)

Venue: Kariya Cultural Center, Large Hall

Organizer: Me-Tele(Nagoya TV), Me-Tele Enterprise

Co-sponsor: Kariya City, Kariya Board of Education, Kariya Cultural Center (KCSN Joint Enterprise)

Contact Us: Me-Tele Enterprise 052-331-9966 (Mon-Fri 10:00am -6:00pm except holidays)

 

<Osaka Performance>

Period: 2022 Oct. 6(Thu) ~ 9(Sun)

Venue: Umeda Arts Theater, Theater Drama City

Organizer: Umeda Arts Theater

Contact Us: Umeda Arts Theater 06-6377-3888(10:00am~6:00pm)

 

<Kitakyushu Performance>

Period: 2022 Oct. 14(Fri) ~ 16(Sun)

Venue: Kitakyushu Performing Arts Center, Large Hall

Organizer: RKB Mainichi Broadcasting / Impresario

Cooperation: Kitakyushu Performing Arts Center

Contact Us: Impresario  info@impresario-ent.co.jp(092-985-8955)

 

<Miyagi Performance>

Period: 2022 Oct. 22(Sat) ~ 24(Mon)

Venue: Natori Performing Arts Center

Organizer: Sendai Television Incorporated 

Inquiries: Sendai Television Incorporated 022-268-2174 (weekdays 11:00am~4:00pm)

TICKET INFO

TICKET AVAILABLE AT BOX OFFICE ON THE DAY OF PERFORMANCE

PRICES

S 10,000yen  A 8,000yen  B 6,000yen  U25 (B seats only)* 2,000yen
SAFMembers  S 9,300yen  A 7,500yen  B 5,600yen

*Ages 25 and under / B seats only / Available at SAF Box Office & via SAF Online Ticket only / Proof of eligibility must be shown for U25 concessions at the entrance of the theater/hall on the day of the performance.

Please note:
A ticket holder may not resell a ticket for a profit and may be contacted when resold tickets are found.

ON SALE

<Public> July.9.2022 / 10:00am-
<Members> July.2.2022 / 10:00am-


【Saitama Prefecture Residents Priority Sales (S seats only, first-come-first-served) 】Saitama Prefecture Residents only

2022 Jul. 3(Sun)10:00am ~ Jul. 8(Fri)11:29pm

*Please use the multi-copy machine in Seven-Eleven stores located in Saitama Prefecture to make your purchase.

*Please see the July 1st “Sainokuni Dayori”.

*Limit 4 tickets per person.

*Seven code: 095-811

 

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