Thursday, 29th January 2009
In Japan Entertainment News,
Kabuki-za 'set for makeover'
Tokyo's Kubuki-za is set to be refurbished to feature new offices on top of a new 2,000-capacity theatre wing.
The latest reconstruction of the 120-year-old theatre, which can be found in the Ginza district of Chuo-ku, will be completed by March 2013.
It will see a new 29-storey building being developed in replace of the existing structure, which will be part-demolished.
The building has cultural significance in Tokyo, as it has been a leading venue for productions of Japanese performing arts.
Plans for the redevelopment have been submitted to authorities in Tokyo by cinema production firm Shochiku.
A festival will take place to celebrate the Kabuki-za next month, to commemorate the existing structure - which was last rebuilt in 1951 after suffering damage during World War Two.
Events due to take place at the theatre during its gala farewell between February 1st and 25th include Sugawara and the Secrets of Calligraphy, and The Fight Scene of Mad Rampei.
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