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Past
Introducing Traditional Performing Arts:

Solo Performance by Bunchin Katsura

February 28 (Sat.), 2015

[All seats reserved]

The master rakugo artist Bunchin Katsura will make his way to Art Tower Mito (ATM) in February 2014 to give the audience a wonderful night listening to stories from Kamigata Rakugo, which is the style of rakugo from the Osaka and Kyoto area.


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Vol. 4, Future Support Project:

William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" (1602)

February 7 (Sat.), 2015, to February 15 (Sun.), 2015

[All seats reserved]

Director: Shintaro Mori 
Actors: Yoshimasa Kondo, with other cast members selected by audition

Having recently won the in the 21st Yomiuri Drama Prize Best Director Award as well as one of the New Face Awards in the Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts, the director Shintaro Mori is one of the most active people in his field. He will lead the upcoming performance of the Shakespeare comedy "Twelfth Night" with a cast of actors from Ibaraki Prefecture.

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Introducing Traditional Performing Arts:

Solo Performance by Shota Shumputei

January 12 (Mon.), 2015

[All seats reserved]

Shota Shumputei, known for the fast clip of talking, is extremely popular among a wide range people irrespective of age or sex. At Art Tower Mito (ATM) the rakugo master will put on a solo performance to welcome in 2015. How about getting your first laughs of the New Year at ACM Theatre?

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Translated Version of

"The Swan"

December 13 (Sat.), 2014  14 (Sun.),   

[All seats reserved]

Playwright: Elizabeth Egloff (b. 1953, USA)
Translation: Chikae Takahashi
Director: Kenta Fukasaku 
Actor: Maki Ichiro

The debut performance of this work in Japan, "The Swan" is a fantastic love story for adults. It will be presented by Maki Ichiro, a former 'male' star from the all-female Takarazuka musical theater troupe.

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Introducing Traditional Performing Arts:

Yorozu Kyogen Mito Performance and Lecture

November 24 (Mon.), 2014

[All seats reserved]

Actors: Nomura Man, Nomura Manzo, et al.

A lecture will be combined with a performance of kyogen works to let the audience learn about the world of kyogen more deeply. Nomura Man, who has been designated a National Treasure, will appear with his son, Nomura Manzo.

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ACM Family Theater

"Der Raeuber Hotzenplotz" (Robber Hotzenplotz)

November 8 (Sat.), 2014, to November 16 (Sun.), 2014

[All seats reserved]

Original work: Otfried Preussler (1923-2013)
Director: Ryo Osugi

Last year, around 4,000 people enjoyed plays performed in the Drama Appreciation for Elementary School Students and ACM Family Theatre projects put on by Art Tower Mito (ATM), and this is a repeat performance of the work that they enjoyed at that time. Singers and dancers put on a fun stage version of one of Otfried Preusler's beloved "Robber Hotzenplot" series of children's books, which has been read successively by countless readers worldwide since the 1970's.

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Introducing Traditional Performing Arts:

"Mito Komon Manyuki II"

Naniwabushi and the World of Takeharu Kunimoto:

October 26 (Sun.), 2014  

[All seats reserved]

The Naniwabushi narrative-singing artist Takeharu Kunimoto makes a triumphal return to Art Tower Mito (ATM) after his successful performance here last year, when the jam-packed audience gave him resounding applause. He is currently in the midst of a three-year project producing an original Naniwabushi work for the ACM Theatre entitled "Mito Komon Manyuki" (Mito Komon Travel Sketches). The first installment in the continuing series, entitled "Mito Komon: Seishun-hen" (Mito Komon: Youth Section), was presented last year, with this year's performance—which many people in the community cannot wait to see—representing the second installment.

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Banda.La.Konchan:

"Goensai -- Kondo-san, Dezuppari Datte?"
(Goensai -- Mr. Kondo: You really plan to be on stage the whole time?)

October 19 (Sun.), 2014

[All seats reserved]

Actors: Yoshimasa Kondo, Natsumi Ogawa, Kazuaki Hankai, Satoru Jitsunashi, et al.

Banda.La.Konchan is the name of the one-person acting troupe launched by the popular actor Yoshimasa Kondo. He will appear at ACM Theatre in collaboration with several young theatrical companies (Ao☆Gumi, Nakago, Mrs.fictions, and Nuigurumi Hunter) for an exciting, variety-filled performance.

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Vol. 3, Future Support Project:

Rakugo + Mystery: "Yasashii Shinigami" (The Gentle Reaper )

September 13 (Sat.), 2014, to September 15 (Mon.), 2014

[All seats reserved]

Playwright: Kazuma Yokoyama
Director: Ritsuo Toshima
Actors: Sanya Yanagiya, Gekidan ACM, et al.

Hailing from Hitachi-Ohta City in Ibaraki, the rakugo artist Sanya Yanagiya is the featured performer in Vol. 3 of the Future Support Project. He will take the short mystery story "Yasashii Shinigami" (The Gentle Reaper), which was based on the rakugo classic "Shinigami" (The Reaper), and combine it with rakugo in the performance of a play along with the members of Gekidan ACM. The play is sure to appeal to both mystery fans and rakugo fans alike.

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46th Mito City Art Festival
Theater Festival

August 22 (Fri.), 2014  23 (Sat.),   24 (Sun.),   29 (Fri.),   30 (Sat.),   31 (Sun.),   

[Free Seating]Admission varies depending on each performance.

Over a two-week period, different acting companies will stage performances that make the most of their distinguishing characteristics.


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