The Lesson [La Leçon]

One day, a student visits a professor to receive private tutoring.
The tutoring sessions that seemed ordinary and harmless gradually go off track, leading to the most unexpected ending.

The Lesson: A Comic Drama is a theatrical play written by Romanian playwright Eugène Ionesco, which was originally released in 1950. Leveraging the surreal humor permeating the play, Ionesco revealed the madness and dysfunctional communication lurking in day-to-day life. MIYAGI Satoshi selected the most talented stage director of our generation, NISHI Satoshi, whose comeback has been long awaited through the years of his silence after gaining great esteem, to direct the staging of this absurd theater masterpiece that has been played all over the world through the past half century.

Directed by NISHI Satoshi
Codirected by KIKUKAWA Asako
Written by Eugène IONESCO
Translated by ANDO Shinya, KIMURA Koichi

Performed by




6 October, Saturday 14:00
7 October, Sunday 14:00  *Shuttle bus from Tokyo
 *Post-performance talk
8 October, Monday 14:00  *Backstage tour
 *Nursery service
13 October, Saturday 16:00  *Backstage tour
20 October, Saturday 14:00  *Talk event
21 October, Sunday 14:00  *Shuttle bus from Hamamatsu
 *Post-performance talk
 *Nursery service
28 October, Sunday 14:00  *Guidance for theatre beginners
 *Backstage tour

Venue:Shizuoka Arts Theatre access

In Japanese without English subtitles

Performances for junior and high-school students

The mark “*” means the performances that have available seats for general audience. (The tickets are limited.)

3 October, Wednesday at 13:30
9 October, Tuesday at 13:30
10 October, Wednesday at 18:00
12 October, Friday at14:0014:30
17 October, Wednesday at 13:30
19 October, Friday at 13:00
23 October, Tuesday at 12:00
24 October, Wednesday at 10:30/14:30
25 October, Thursday at 13:30
26 October, Friday at 13:30
29 October, Monday at 13:30
31 October, Wednesday at 13:30
1 November, Thursday at 13:30
2 November, Friday at 10:30/14:30

Related events

Pre-Performance Talk: Starting 25 minutes before each performance.

Post-performance talk by the artists: after the performance.
7 October, Sunday
21 October, Sunday

Meet us at Cafe Cinderella!
After the performance, the actors will come to see you off in their stage costumes. We hope you will take this opportunity to interact with the actors!

バックステージツアーBackstage tour
The technical staff will take you on a special backstage tour. You can also ask us your questions about the stage.
8 October, Monday
13 October, Saturday
28 October, Sunday

Every day, after the performance
Time: About 30 minutes
In Japanese
Free of charge. Reservation required. Up to 40 people.

Guidance for theatre beginners
SPAC actors will give beginner audiences a lecture on what to look for and pay attention to before the performance. This event can be participated in by both those seeing the performance for the first time and repeaters.
28 October, Sunday at 12:30
Time: About 60 minutes
In Japanese
Free of charge. Reservation required. Up to 20 people.

Shuttle bus to Shizuoka Arts Theatre

<From Tokyo>
7 October, Sunday
9:30 Shibuya → 13:00 Shizuoka Arts Theatre

<From Hamamatsu>
21 October, Sunday
11:30 Hamamatsu → 13:00 Shizuoka Arts Theatre

*Returning bus will run after Post-performance talk / Backstage tour.
**Reservation is required.

Ticket Price

4,100 yen (One viewing for regular adult)

SPAC Membership Discount
3,400 yen (One viewing for regular adult)

Pair Discount
3,600 yen per person

Group Discount
3,200 yen per person for group of 3 or more

Senior Discount
3,400 yen for seniors over 60
*Please present ID at door

Student Discount
2,000 yen (University)
1,000 yen (High School and under)
*Please present school ID at door

Handicap Discount
2,800 yen (for those who possess handicap passbook)

*Cannot use more than one discount per purchase.
*Please inform use of discount when making reservation.

How to Purchase

Prior Reservation for Membership begins: 18 August at 10:00
Advance Tickets Sale begins: 25 August at 10:00

●Online reservations
– Please enter from the language button “English”.
– Payment is possible with the following credit cards: DC, UFJ, NICOS, VISA, and Master. Tickets purchased through this website can be received at the venue from one hour prior to each performance.

●Phone reservations
from 10:00-18:00 at SPAC ticket center
TEL. +81-(0)54-202-3399

●Purchase at BOX Office
SPAC ticket center (10:00-18:00)

●Purchase at Seven Eleven
Please use Multi Copy Machine inside stores

Day Ticket
Available at the entrance counter for leftover seats, from one hour prior to each performance.
*Please confirm ticket availability on the day by phone or by visiting Twitter (@_SPAC_)

*Ticket reservations will finish at 18:00 on the day before the performance.

Please refrain from taking infants to the ordinary seats.

[Nursery room] (up to three children, based on a first come first served basis; reservation required)
SPAC provides a nursery room where you can watch the performance with your infant children.

[Nursery service] 
Please contact us at least one week in advance if you would like to use the free nursery service run by volunteers.
8 October, Monday
21 October, Sunday
Coverage: Infants aged two and over


Lighting design: OSAKO Koji
Stage design: KOSAKA Nana
Costume design: KOMAI Yumiko

Stage manager: UCHINO Akiko
Stage: MORIYAMA Marie
Lighting operation: KOBAYAKAWA Hiroya
Sound: MIGITA Soichiro, SAWADA Yukino
Art work: WATANABE Hiroki
Technical director: MURAMATSU Atsushi
Production: TANJI Haru, YUKIOKA Jun

Flyer design: ABE Taichi(TAICHI ABE DESIGN INC.)
Ad illustrations: TAKETOMI Kenji
Literary agent: BCF
In co-operation with Museum of Natural and Environmental History, Shizuoka

Produced by SPAC-Shizuoka Performing Arts Center
Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan through the Japan Arts Council