To connect with the world once again…
To be, or not to be, that is the question.
Beautiful and poetic lines, and powerful voices echoing them. Actors dressed in Asian-style costumes inspire the stage, accompanied by live drums from time to time.
With director Satoshi Miyagi, SPAC presents a condensed adaptation of the tragic masterpiece and the longest of Shakespeare’s plays, Hamlet.
In the world beyond the curtains, which has been re-produced by countless performers and directors for more than 400 years, we somehow see the very problems that we are facing today.
Directed by MIYAGI Satoshi
Written by William SHAKESPEARE
Translated by ODASHIMA Yushi
Sunday 31 January 2021 at 2:00pm [preview] ＊Sold out
Saturday 6 February 2021 at 2:00pm ＊Sold out
Sunday 7 February 2021 at 2:00pm ＊Sold out
At Shizuoka Arts Theatre
Thursday 11 February 2021 at 2:00pm
Shimoda Citizens’ Cultural Center Large Hall
105 115minutes（Without intermission）
In Japanese with English subtitles
※Recommended for ages 7 and up
●The seats will be arranged with appropriate distances between them.
●At the Shizuoka Arts Theatre, the seats are arranged with appropriate distances between them, based on the Fujinokuni System.* (See: COVID-19 alert level announcement on the Shizuoku Prefecture Government website)
*Fujinokuni System: A system of six levels of alert according to which required activity restrictions are determined and announced.
《COVID-19 Prevention Measures》
Requests to All Visitors
In addition to the following, please be sure to read [Important] Measures for Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 and Requests to All Visitors as well.
●Please check your physical condition before coming to the theater.
(If you have a fever or other symptoms, please refrain from visiting the theater.)
●Please be sure to wear a mask when you visit the theater.
●Your body temperature will be taken at the theater entrance using thermography or a non-contact thermometer. If your temperature exceeds 37.5 degrees Celsius, you will be asked to refrain from entering the theater.
●Please fill out and submit the visitor card.
(In the event of an outbreak of infection, we may provide the submitted information to public institutions such as health centers.)
Shizuoka Arts Theatre
2-3-1 Higashishizuoka, Suruga-ku Shizuoka City, Shizuoka, Japan
● Approx. 5 minutes walk from South exit of JR Higashi-Shizuoka Station.
The entrance is on the east side (towards Shimizu) of the Granship building.
Performances for junior and high-school students
SPAC believes that theaters are a window to the world, and that is why it invites junior high school and high school students in Shizuoka Prefecture to its free-of-charge programs. Due to the reconstruction of the Shizuoka Convention and Arts Center (GRANSHIP), this year’s programs will be touring multiple cultural facilities in Shizuoka.
*No ordinary tickets will be available for these programs.
4,200 yen (for regular adult)
SPAC Membership Discount
3,500 yen (for regular adult)
3,700 yen per person
3,300 yen per person for group of 3 or more
3,500 yen for seniors over 60
*Please present ID at door
2,000 yen (University)
1,000 yen (High School and under)
*Please present school ID at door
2,900 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: 6 December at 10:00
Advance Tickets Sale begins: 13 December at 10:00
– 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.
from 10:00-18:00 at SPAC ticket center
*Our telephone service will be closed on Thursday, December 24 and on the New Year’s holidays (Tuesday, December 29, 2020 – Monday, January 4, 2021).
Available at each venue 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］ (One family only per performance)
For both the Shimoda and Shizuoka performances, there is a nursery room where parents can watch the program with their infant children.
*This service can only be reserved by phone or at the box office.
Set design: HIKOSAKA Reiko
Costume design: TAKEDA Toru
Lighting design: HIGUCHI Masayuki
Assistant director: NAKANO Masaki
Music (original): TANAKAWA Hiroko
Stage manager: YAMADA Takahiro
Stage: FURUYA Kazumi, TSUCHIYA Katsunori
Lighting operation; HANAWA Yuki
Lighting: TAKEZAWA Akira, MORITA Honoka
Sound: SAWADA Yukino, TAKESHIMA Chisato
Art work: WATANABE Hiroki, SATO Yosuke
Wardrobe: SEI Chigusa, YAMAMOTO Kana
Hair and makeup: KAJITA Kyoko, TAKAHASHI Norimitsu
Production: NAKAO Eiji, KUGA Haruko, IRIE Kyohei
Flyer design: ABE Taichi (TAICHI ABE DESIGN INC.)
Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan through the Japan Arts Council
General Artistic Director of Shizuoka Performing Arts Center (SPAC)
Born in Tokyo in 1959, after studying aesthetics at Tokyo University under ODASHIMA Yushi, WATANABE Moriaki and HIDAKA Hachiro, he founded the KU NA’ UKA theater company in 1990 and soon began staging plays overseas as well as in Japan. As a result, MIYAGI’s work — in which he often fuses contemporary textual interpretations with physical techniques and patterns of Asian theatre — has long been acclaimed both at home and far abroad. Indeed, in 2004 he received the 3rd Asahi Performing Arts Award, and the next year the 2nd Asahi Beer Art Award.
Since taking up his position with SPAC in April 2007, MIYAGI has staged many of his own works — including “Medea”, the Hindu epic “Mahabharata”, and “Peer Gynt” — and has invited artists from abroad to present pieces casting a keen eye on the modern world as they see it. In line with his aim to make theatre “a window to the world,” he has also started a new SPAC-based project aimed at the youth of Shizuoka.
In 2014, MIYAGI was invited to the Festival d’Avignon, where he received excellent reviews for his open-air version of the Hindu epic “Mahabharata” staged in La Carrière de Boulbon. Following that landmark achievement, the festival extended the honor of inviting MIYAGI to present a Buddhist interpretation he created of the ancient Greek mythological tragedy “Antigone” as its super-prestigious opening program for 2017. On that occasion, which was the first time an Asian play had ever been selected to launch the festival, MIYAGI’s exalted “stage” was the open-air Cour d’honneur du Palais des papes (the Honor Court of the Palace of Popes). By the play’s end, those towering medieval stone walls were ringing out with long and splendid standing ovations welcoming the work’s director and creator along with SPAC’s actors and staff — while more than 60 European media all gave great reviews.
In 2018, he received the 68th Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Art Encouragement Prize of Drama. Also he recieved “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” from the Ministry of Culture of France in 2018.