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Pembroke Players hold a workshop in Japan

Pembroke Players hold a workshop, Japan

Blog: Turning Japanese...

What will the Japanese make of our great British Bard? Well, a Cambridge theatre group is about to find out, as they launch Shakespeare on to an unsuspecting audience...

The Pembroke Players' Japan Tour

Eighteen students from Cambridge University embark upon a three-week tour of Japan, travelling 11,912 miles, and performing to over 4000 people...

Read the latest from Japan below!

The Pembroke Players' Japan Tour (PPJT) is rapidly establishing itself as the most successful project of its kind, and is unique in being the only theatrical tour in Cambridge to visit Japan.

Pembroke Players: lunch in Japan

Pembroke Players: lunch in Japan

This year, it is Shakespeare's colourful and spontaneous comedy, 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' that will visit some 10 different venues across Japan, accompanied by a series of educational workshops that aim to give Japanese students an enjoyable insight into Shakespeare, the English Language, and drama.

Latest update: Monday 29th September, Tokyo, Japan

Returning from an energetic couple of performances in Himeji, Kyoto and Sendai, PPJT returned to Tokyo last night for their final week of performances and workshops.

The tour has thus far been a raving success, apart from a hair-raising moment in Shinjuku Station (the largest in the world) when the group separated for a rather long time... but everyone made the train in the end!

Tuesday 30th: Kyoritsu Hall, 2000 seats. We cant wait. See you back in Cambridge for our performances on 11th-13th October!

Cast and Crew PPJT

Friday 19th September, Japan

We have been a week in Japan now, and things are going very smoothly indeed.

We have had two highly successful performances at Ashikaga High School, and Toho Gakuen, and a workshop at Seikei University, with a performance on Saturday.

Theatre in Japan

A packed auditorium. Photo: Akira Mizuno

The cast and crew are having a wonderful time - getting in some essential sightseeing, and tasting some extraordinary food!

A particular highlight was mingling with Japanese students after the show, and comparing stories about student life in England and Japan!

Best wishes, Nick

Sunday 7th September

Time now for the cast and crew of PPJT to take 3 days well-earned rest, after two stunning performances in London, and before leaving for Japan.

The set and props were delivered to the air cargo depot in true style at 3am on Saturday morning, and everything looks ready to go - there has even been time to brush up on a few Japanese phrases, including 'have you seen my dog?' which we intend to find a use for..."

More from us when we are back in October - be sure to catch up with the cast and crew during the tour on our official tour weblog:

See you in Kings Chapel between 11th - 13th October, 8pm for our final performances of this extraordinary project!

Tuesday 3rd September

"Sawing in the street"

A particularly unglamorous moment when residents complained about the noise, and Elliott was forced to continue cutting the set out on the pavement!

As we approach the final rehearsal before our London premiere, the atmosphere is most certainly tense. There has been a huge amount to assemble this week, and it will be rewarding to finally see the show as originally envisaged in today's dress rehearsal.

One week until we depart for Japan!


A quick update

by Nicholas Morrell

It's full steam ahead for the cast and crew of PPJT 2008!

Rehearsals, set-building and costume fitting are all in full flow in great anticipation of our pre-tour London premiere on 5th September.

Midsummer Night's Dream theatre poster

Keep reading the blog...

We invite you to follow us as we discover what a Japanese audience really thinks of Shakespeare, to follow our demanding tour schedule, to dive with us into the common medium of drama, and to help us meet the challenge that awaits us in a new, vibrant, and completely different culture - Shakespeare on the other side of the Globe!

The journey begins on Friday 5th September at 7pm in the Greenwood Theatre, London Bridge, and ends with a home run in the magnificent King's College Chapel between 11th-13th October, 8pm, where dramatic performances were first given to Elizabeth I in 1562.

Keep up to date with the progress of the Pembroke Players by visiting our own website at:

We hope to see you along the way!...

Nick Morrell, Pembroke Players

last updated: 29/09/2008 at 12:51
created: 08/08/2008

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Keiko Miyadera
Trust all the casts & crews have unforgettable days in Japan.You may find many things very different, but I'm sure you are going to feel loads of things in common, that you can share.Looking forward to the play at King's!Yoi tabi wo (Bon voyage)..

John Harris
This is great: I saw a top production of Sloane under the same director in Cambridge- it should be great. Good luck guys!

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