Artistic Director

Artistic Director: YOJIRO ICHIKAWA

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Our Artistic Director Yojiro Ichikawa, a graduate of MA Directing at Arts Educational Schools London, is an award winnig director who has been working internationally in the UK, US and Japan, in various kinds of theatre including musical, drama and physical theatre. His aim is to bridge many borders including those between musical, physical and straight theatres, western and eastern cultures, and other contexts where our differences might enhance our creative expressions. All of his activities can be found at, Facebook, twitter and Instagram.

He started his career working with the Shiki Theatre Company in his native Japan where he directed, assisted and translated numerous productions including “Once on This Island,” “Songs for A New World” and the Japanese premiere of Tony award winning musical “Spring Awakening”.

In 2010 he won a fellowship with the prestigious Overseas Study Programme for Artists that offered him the opportunity to learn about theatres both in London and NY a year each. In the UK Yojiro participated in projects and workshops at The National Theatre, Young Vic, Complicite, Drama Centre London and Arts Ed. His work in the US included fellowships at the New York Theatre Workshop and The Play Co. and participation in the Lincoln Center Directors Lab in 2012 and 2013.

His directing credits include ‘Tell Me On A Sunday’ at the New National Theatre Tokyo, which won Yomiuri Drama Award in Japan, ’URINETOWN’ at Bridewell Theatre; which received five star reviews, ‘Ordinary Days’ both in London and New York, ‘Cutouts: Letter from the Sea’, a devised show for children produced by Polish Theatre Bydgoszcz celebrating the 100th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Poland which subsequently was invited to revive at the National Theatre Tokyo in the following year, ‘Pearl and Dagger’, a new musical based on a Japanese folktale and created through the collaboration between the British and Japanese creatives and specially invited by the Other Palace Theatre to hold a staged workshop production, ‘ONDINE’ at Clifftown Theatre, a collaboration with BA World Performance at East 15 Acting School, and ‘The Red Candle – Mermaids in the East’ which premiered at the Brunel Museum and was critically acclaimed and was also appreciated by Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.

Additionally, he has collaborated with many international artists including David Leveaux (“Eternal Chikamatsu”), Harold Prince, Susan Stroman(“Prince of Broadway”), Marcello Magni(“Tinker Bell in Shoji-land”) and Thom Southerland(“TITANIC” and “Grand Hotel”).

Directing credits include:
UK&EU: KUWENTO (Online), Cutouts: Letter from the Sea (Teatr Polski Bydgoszcz), Pearl and Dagger (The Other Palace, The Bandstand in Battersea Park), URINETOWN (Bridewell Theatre), ONDINE (Clifftown Theatre), Ordinary Days (Bridewell Theatre), The Red Candle – Mermaids in the East (Brunel Museum), Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure (The Bloomsbury Theatre), Four Seasons (Trafalgar Square), From Up Here (Tristan Bates Theatre, UK Tour),
US: Ordinary Days (Access Theatre), Alone World (LCT workshop),
JP: Cutouts: Letter from the Sea (The New National Theatre), Tell Me On A Sunday (The New National Theatre), Songs For A New World (Mitaka Public Theatre), Once On This Island (Komaba Space Theatre).

Associating/Assisting credits include:
UK: EVITA (UK Tour), Legally Blonde (Arts Ed),
US: Toni Stone (Roundabout Theatre Company, SDCF Observer)
JP: TITANIC the musical (Theatre Cocoon), Spring Awakening (Shiki), Tinker Bell In Shoji-land (Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre).

Translating credits include:
JP: Illusionist (Nissei Theatre), Tell Me On A Sunday (The New National Theatre), TITANIC the musical (Theatre Cocoon), Prince of Broadway (Tokyu Theatre Orbe), Grand Hotel (Akasaka ACT Theatre), Eternal Chikamatsu (Theatre Cocoon), Spring Awakening (Shiki), Songs For A New World (Mitaka Public Theatre), Once On This Island (Komaba Space Theatre)

Acting credits include:
UK: Invasion (Apple TV), GIRI / HAJI (BBC, Netflix), Musical ‘Marco Porlo’ (General Inrinchin, Shaw Theatre)

Yojiro Ichikawa CV

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演出家/翻訳・訳詞家。Théatre Lapis芸術監督。ロンドン在住。

東京大学文学部卒業後、音楽座ミュージカルおよび劇団四季を経て、2010年度文化庁新進芸術家海外研修制度の研修員としてロンドンとNYで一年ずつ滞在、The National Theatre, Young Vic Theatre, Lincoln Center Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Complicite, Drama Centre Londonなどで研修を積む。2012年、再びロンドンに戻りロイド=ウェバー卿が学園長を務めるArts Educational Schools Londonにて舞台演出の修士課程を修了。英国、米国、日本で文化間の壁を越え、それらを融合させた舞台芸術をテーマに活動中。

英国における演出作のひとつ『The Red Candle – Mermaids in the East』は、和と洋の文化の絶妙なコラボレーションとして高い評価を獲得。ウェセックス伯爵エドワード王子の前でパフォーマンスする機会にも恵まれ、王子から直々の賛辞をもらった。日本での本格的な演出デビュー作『Tell Me On A Sunday〜サヨナラは日曜日に〜』では、日本人に向けた丁寧なアプローチで、作品を読売演劇大賞優秀女優賞受賞へと導いた。2018年11月にロンドンにて演出したミュージカル『ユーリンタウン』も多方面で5つ星・4つ星レビューを受けるなど高く評価される。2019年には日本・ポーランド国交100周年記念事業としてビドゴシュチ・ポーリッシュ劇場に招かれ、小さな子供達のための『Letter from the Sea – 海からのてがみ』を創作・演出。大人の鑑賞にも堪える深い芸術性が評価され、2020年には東京新国立劇場が招聘、ポーランド大使を迎えての特別公演が上演された。コロナ禍中でも、世界中に日本の昔話を紹介するデジタル絵巻『KUWENTO』を発表するなど、精力的に活動している。また、和洋折衷の演出で好評を博したEast15 Acting School BA World Performanceとの舞台『Ondine』や、University of Portsmouth BA Musical Theatreとのワークショップなど、若い俳優の育成プロジェクトにも意欲的に参加。


また、ロンドンにてミュージカル『Marco Polo – An Untold Love Story』等の舞台や『Mr.Holmes』、『Zansho』等の映画、BBC・Netflix共同制作『Giri/Haji』、AppleTV『Invasion』などのTVドラマに出演するなど、俳優としても精力的に活動。アレキサンダーテクニックに基づき身体と精神の融合を目指した指導を行うヴォーカルコーチとしても定評があり、これまで日本でも、代表的なミュージカル俳優、宝塚の新旧トップスター、有名声優やアイドルなど、多くの生徒を教えている。


2020 – KUWENTO (オンライン公演/YouTube)
2020 – Piss & Bile (オンライン公演/YouTube)
2020, 19 – Letter from the Sea (Polish Theatre Bydgoszcz/Poland, 新国立劇場 /日本)
2019 – Pearl & Dagger (The Other Palace/UK)
2018 – Urinetown (The Bridewell Theatre/UK)
2018 – ONDINE (Clifftown Theatre/UK)
2018 – Tapestry (Southwark Playhouse/UK)
2017 – Ordinary Days (The Bridewell Theatre/UK)
2017 – River Lethe (The Cockpit Theatre/UK)
2016 – Tell Me On A Sunday(兼 翻訳・訳詞、歌唱指導)(新国立劇場 小劇場/日本)
2016 – The Royal Opening Ceremony  (Brunel Museum/UK)
2016 – The Red Candle – Mermaids in the East (Brunel Museum/UK)
2016 – Screw Eyed (Theatre503/UK)
2014 – “Four Seasons” in Japan Festival (Trafalgar Square/UK)
2014 – Peter Pan -A Musical Adventure- (The Bloomsbury Theatre/UK)
2014,13 – From Up Here (Tristan Bates Theatre, UK Tour/UK)
2013 – The House of Mirrors and Hearts (Perfect Pitch Workshop/UK)
2012 – Alone World (Lincoln Centre Theatre Directors Lab, Workshop production/USA)
2012 – Ordinary Days (Access Theatre/USA)
2007 – Songs For A New World (兼 翻訳・訳詞) (三鷹市芸術文化センター 星のホール/日本)
2006 – かつて この島で-ONCE ON THIS ISLAND(兼 翻訳・訳詞)(駒場小空間/日本)

2021 – イリュージョニスト(翻訳・訳詞) (日生劇場/日本)
2016 – Tell Me On A Sunday(翻訳・訳詞) (新国立劇場小劇場/日本)
2016 – グランドホテル(翻訳・訳詞) (赤坂ACTシアター 他/日本)
2016 – ETERNAL CHIKAMATSU(台本英訳) (シアターコクーン 他/日本)
2015 – Prince of Broadway(ナレーション翻訳) (シアターオーブ 他/日本)
2015 – タイタニック(翻訳・訳詞)(シアターコクーン 他/日本)
2009 – 春のめざめ(翻訳・訳詞) (自由劇場 他/日本)
2009 – 55 Steps(訳詞) (四季劇場・秋 他/日本)

2020 – Invasion(出演:Yoshi Fujimoto役) (AppleTV/UK)
2018 – GIRI / HAJI(出演:Japanese Bartender役)(BBC & Netflix/UK)
2018 – Netflix series(多数の番組に声の出演) (Netflix/UK)
2018 – [Foreign Affairs] Translation Showcase (出演:Magician役 他)(Rose Ripman House/UK)2016 – Marco Polo – An Untold Love Story(出演:General Irinchin役)(The Shaw Theatre/UK)
2015 – タイタニック(演出助手、歌唱指導)(シアターコクーン 他/日本)
2014 – 障子の国のティンカーベル(演出助手、歌唱指導)(東京芸術劇場/日本)
2013 – EVITA(演出助手) (UK Tour)
2013 – Legally Blonde(演出助手) (Arts Educational Schools/UK)
2009 – 春のめざめ(演出助手) (自由劇場 他/日本)

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