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Setagaya Public Theatre is notable for holding reading performances of plays to explore the possibilities of staging new texts.

For this reading performance, SePT will be presenting Timon of Athens, one of William Shakespeare’s most problematic plays.
For this performance, leading Shakespeare scholar and translator, Shoichiro Kawai has prepared a specially adapted script, which SePT Artistic Director Mansai Nomura will be directing himself, opening new avenues for future stagings.


Timon ( performed by Mansai Nomura), a wealthy nobleman of Athens, loves to host sumptuous parties for his friends – aristocrats, poets, artists and senators. Timon ignores the warnings of his loyal steward, Flavius, and the wry philosopher Apemantus, and does not hesitate to hand out goods and wealth to anyone he meets. But finally, Timon finds himself penniless. After his requests for loans are denied by those who he had so generously given to, Timon loses faith in humanity, and withdraws into a cave deep within the woods.

Cast & Creative

Original play: William Shakespeare
Drama script/Translaton: Shoichiro Kawai
Direction: Mansai Nomura
Cast:Mansai Nomura, Mansaku-no-Kai Kyogen Company, Mitsuhiro Tokita, and more

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◎= Post-performance talk will be held.※Holders of tickets for the performance may attend.

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.