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18/04/01
London Turning Japanese
- Oriental arts festival comes to town

THE JAPANESE arts and entertainment festival starts next month. His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince of Japan are joint sponsors of the event

The festivities kick off the weekend 19-20 May, when London's Hyde Park plays host to a collection of Japanese lifestyle exhibitions showcasing Japanese arts, food, sport and technology. Visual arts, education, and architecture will all play a part.

As part of the theatrical festivities, the mythical Japanese tale The Sun Goddess premieres at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane while the Globe adapts The Comedy of Errors to the conventions of Japanese theatre. Come February 2002, Colin Firth is scheduled to play Hamlet at the Riverside studios as part of an Anglo-Japanese exchange.

Following Ninagawa's disastrous production of King Lear for the RSC last year, these shows aim to raise the profile of Japanese theatre in London. Japan will also be looking to improve relations with the UK in view of the Bank of Japan's bleak assessment of the country's economy in its half-yearly report.




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