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Guide to the New National Theatre, Tokyo

The New National Theatre, Tokyo (NNTT) is Japan's only national theatre dedicated to the performing arts of opera, ballet, dance and drama. Since its inception in 1997, the NNTT has presented world-class performances both in and outside of Japan, and has come to occupy a familiar and much-loved place in the nation's cultural life. The NNTT comprises the Opera House (known as Opera Palace), Playhouse and The Pit, each of which uniquely contributes to an annual total of about 300 stage performances to the delight of approx. 200,000 theatregoers, including many from overseas. Furthermore, by providing other theatre groups with a performance venue, the NNTT contributes to the development of the stage arts in Japan, such performances numbering around 150 a year, and attended by over 100,000 people.

Alice's in Adventures in Wonderland © Takashi Shikama

New National Theatre Tokyo's 2019-20 season

Tokyo's home of opera, ballet and dance unveils a 2019-20 season that's based on the classics and carefully balanced to give a sampling of many periods and styles.


Puccini: Turandot
Kazushi Ono; Àlex Ollé; New National Theatre; Alfons Flores; Lluc Castells; Iréne Theorin; Jennifer Wilson

TokyoEugene Onegin

Tschaikowsky: Eugen Onegin
Andriy Yurkevych; Dmitri Bertman; New National Theatre; Igor Nezhny; Tatiana Tulubieva; Evgenia Muraveva; Yayoi Toriki

TokyoKenneth Macmillan's Romeo and Juliet

Kenneth Macmillan's Romeo and Juliet
Prokofjew: Romeo und Julia
Sir Kenneth MacMillan; The National Ballet of Japan; Martin Yates; Paul Andrews; Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra

TokyoDon Pasquale

Don Pasquale
Donizetti: Don Pasquale
Corrado Rovaris; Stefano Vizioli; The National Ballet of Japan; Susanna Rossi Jost; Roberta Guidi di Bagno; Roberto Scandiuzzi; Danielle de Niese
Performance of Aida © Chikashi Saegusa
Performance of Aida
© Chikashi Saegusa
Neue Kritikenmehr...

Cynicism reigns in Katharina Wagner’s Fidelio in Tokyo

Michael Kupfer-Radecky (Don Pizarro), Ricarda Merbeth (Leonore) and Stephen Gould (Florestan) © Masahiko Terashi | New National Theatre, Tokyo
The most talked about new production in the New National Theatre Tokyo’s 20th anniversary season undercuts Beethoven’s idealism.

Heart and soul: Irina Lungu sings Traviata in Tokyo

Irina Lungu (Violetta) and Antonio Poli (Alfredo) © Terashi Masahiko | New National Theatre, Tokyo
Tokyo's New National Theatre is currently celebrating its twentieth anniversary season with three new productions and revivals of their most popular productions including Vincent Boussard’s minimal yet colourful Traviata.

An enchanting Barber visits Tokyo

Maxim Mironov ("Lindoro") and Dalibor Jenis (Figaro) © Terashi Masahiko
New National Theatre Tokyo hosts a stylish and humorous Il barbiere di Siviglia. 

La bohème at the New National Theatre Tokyo

Act I © Masahiko Terashi
La bohème at the New National Theatre Tokyo, performed by a fine cast and orchestra.