Outline

Photo by Mitsunori Shitara

Photo by Mitsunori Shitara

 

Setagaya Public Theatre (SePT) presents playwright Philip Ridley’s shocking portrayal of two brothers who long for life and love!
Don’t miss this eagerly anticipated revival, now featuring a new cast!

Mercury Fur is a play that was written in 2005 by British playwright Philip Ridley. Its Japanese premier was in 2015, in a production directed by Akira Shirai at Theatre Tram.

So far, Shirai has directed five plays by Ridley for SePT. All of these productions received critical acclaim for their innovative use of theatrical space and astonishing direction. It is no exaggeration to say that no playwright inspires Shirai more than Ridley.

Mercury Fur portrays the cruelty of humanity when pushed to its limits. Even compared to Ridley’s other plays, it is a work that depicts particularly shocking content. The characters spout off one provocative line of dialogue after another. Set in a desolate world plagued by violence and pillaging, Mercury Fur incisively exposes the true nature of humanity, while simultaneously portraying the beauty of the human longing for life and love. Audiences were shocked by its premier performance. 

Now, seven years later, SePT is presenting a new production of Mercury Fur. And this time, the venue moves from Theatre Tram to the Setagaya Public Theatre.

Don’t miss your chance to see this performance, featuring a compelling cast that includes Ryo Yoshizawa and Takumi Kitamura taking on the roles of two brothers living in desperate times.

 

Story

Two brothers arrive in a run-down room. They begin to prepare for a party. Then, a young man suddenly appears. He says that he will help them, because he wants “butterflies.” Later, a beautiful character named Lola appears. Next, a man who seems to be the leader of the party and a mysterious older woman both arrive. They proceed to have an abnormally verbose conversation as they each fulfill their own role for the party. Eventually, the party guest arrives. A gift is prepared, but then something strange happens to the gift, leading to an unexpected turn of events…

 

Photo by Mitsunori Shitara

Photo by Mitsunori Shitara

 

Cast & Creative

Written by Philip Ridley
Directed by Akira Shirai
Translated  by Chizuko Komiyama

Akira Shirai

          Akira Shirai

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cast:
Ryo Yoshizawa, Takumi Kitamura
Masaki Kaji, Shuto Miyazaki, Seiichi Kohinata, Hikaru Yamazaki
Kenji Mizuhashi, Yuhi Ozora

 

 

Schedule

〇= Exclusive performance

△=Cameras will be installed in the audience area for recording purposes.

 

Audience Support

Childcare Service

A childcare service is normally available for performances staged at Setagaya Public Theatre and Theatre Tram for which advance tickets are sold.

Charge: ¥2,200 per child
Eligibility: Children aged over 6 months and up to 9 years of age
Applications: Tel. 03-5432-1526 Setagaya Public Theatre
You may reserve childcare services up to noon of the day 3 days before the desired reservation time, but when the number of children registered reaches capacity, applications will closed. So please make your reservation well in advance. Also, please consult with the theatre regarding children with special needs.
Subcontractor: Kids’ Room Tinker bell Sancha

Wheelchair Spaces

Both Setagaya Public Theatre and Theatre Tram are equipped with wheelchair spaces to allow visitors to watch performances from their wheelchairs. However, as capacity is limited, use of wheelchair spaces is by reservation only.

Charge: 10% discount on the corresponding area ticket charge (plus up to one attendant free of charge)
Applications: Tel. 03-5432-1515 Theatre Ticket Centre

Wheelchair spaces may be reserved up to 19:00 on the day before the desired date, but when the number of reservations reaches capacity, applications will be closed. So please make your reservation well in advance.