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Celebrated director Yukio Ninagawa returns to the Barbican Theatre with Musashi, a story about the ultimate futility of seeking vengeance. Read More >

Celebrated director Yukio Ninagawa returns to the Barbican Theatre with Musashi, following the sell out Kabuki season of Twelfth Night.

Set in the early 17th century, six years after the Duel of Ganryu between legendary swordsmen, Kojiro Sasaki and Musashi Miyamoto, the play joins Kojiro on a mission for retribution. Using the contemporary comedy elements of Noh and Kyogen and the spirit of the Samurai, Musashi demonstrates the ultimate futility of seeking vengeance.

Musashi, which premiered in Tokyo in 2009, stars two of Japan’s most talented and successful young actors, Tatsuya Fujiwara as Musashi and Ryo Katsuji as Kojiro.

Ninagawa’s revisions of Shakespearean classics within a Japanese cultural tradition have been met with high acclaim. Previous Barbican bite productions include Twelfth Night (2009) and Coriolanus (2007), while his production of Titus Andronicus was part of the RSC Complete Works Festival in 2006.

Musashi is suitable for theatregoers aged 14 and older, and is performed in Japanese with English surtitles.


Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 05/05/2010

Closing Night: 08/05/2010

Running time: 3h

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Cast & Creative


Tatsuya Fujiwara, Ryo Katsuji


Director - Yukio Ninagawa

Producer - HoriPro Inc, co-produced by barbicanbite10 and Thelma Holt

Author - Inoue Hisashi

About Barbican Theatre

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

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