▼What is the Kaitai-Shinsho

In this series, Mansai Nomura, Artistic Director of Setagaya Public Theatre (SePT), invites a range of guests to join him in exploring the origins of various contemporary Japanese art forms by examining their constituent parts. Through this process they also aim to seek out new approaches to theatre creation.

Each edition of  Kaitai-Shinsho features specialists from different fields discussing a chosen theme, and sometimes performing, as they and their host delve into the roots and essence of Japan’s stage arts.

It is hoped these talk-and-perform-style events will be welcomed by audiences eager not just to see works on stage, but to study performing arts in more depth.



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◆Mansai Nomura

Born in Tokyo on April 5, 1966, Mansai Nomura is the eldest son of the designated Living National Treasure and kyogen actor Manzo Nomura. Now a designated Important Intangible Cultural Asset himself, Nomura was appointed as the Artistic Director of Setagaya Public Theatre in 2002.

He is extremely active as a performer in both kyogen and noh, in Japan and internationally, and a popular actor in films and TV dramas. He directed and acted in plays including Atsushi – Sangetsuki Meijinden, Kuninusubito, Requiem on the Great Meridian and Macbeth, incorporating elements of traditional Japanese performing arts.

Nomura has received the National Arts Festival Award for Best New Talent and Best Actor, the Newcomers Art Encouragement Award, and the Asahi Performing Arts Award. With the rerun of Requiem on the Great Meridian at SePT in 2017, he won the Mainichi Art Award for Best Director and the Yomiuri Drama Award for Best Play. Finally, he is the Chief Executive Director of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics opening and closing ceremonies.


◆Kanda Hakuzan

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Cast & Creative

Planned by Mansai Nomura
Cast: Mansai Nomura, Hakuzan Kanda





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. Also, for wheelchair users who prefer to watch the performance from a regular seat, the theatre will smoothly guide them too and from their seat. Please contact the theatre in advance to take advantage of this service.