Deguchi Norio

Authored by: Mika Eglinton

The Routledge Companion to Directors’ Shakespeare

Print publication date:  April  2010
Online publication date:  June  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415400442
eBook ISBN: 9780203932520
Adobe ISBN: 9781134146482

10.4324/9780203932520.ch4

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Abstract

In the history of Shakespeare productions in Japan, the achievements of Deguchi Norio (1940–), as the founder-director of ‘the Shakespeare Theatre’, are outstanding. It was the first Japanese theatre company whose raison d’être was to perform the complete works of Shakespeare. In May 1975, monthly productions began at a small underground theatre called ‘JeanJean’ in Shibuya, a young and trendy district in Tokyo. Gaining recognition and popularity for ‘Shakespeare in Jeans and T-shirts’, the company completed Shakespeare’s entire thirty-seven works by June 1981.

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