Ballet & Dance

The New National Theatre Tokyo The Pit Opera #4
Operas in 2 Acts (Sung in English with Japanese Supertitles)

Stage Director : Rikiya Hirao
Conductor : Hakaru Matsuoka
Artistic Director
: Kiyoshi Igarashi
Libretto by : Myfanwy Piper
(based on the novel by Henry James)
Music by : Benjamin Britten
Scenery : Yujin Kobayashi
Costume Designer : Sonoko Watanabe
Lighting Designer : Yasutaka Nakayama
Stage Manager : Hiroshi Osawa
Orchestra : New National Theatre The Pit Opera Ensemble

April 2001


The Governess Kumiko Endo X   X  
Miki Yamamoto   X   X
Mrs. Groce,
the housekeeper
Mari Iwabuchi X   X  
Tomoko Oshimi   X   X
Flora Eri Unoki X   X  
Hiroko Morita   X   X
Miles Miki Sugita X   X  
Makiko Maeda   X   X
Miss Jessel,
the former governess
Yukari Inoue X   X  
Hiroko Etsuda   X   X
The Prologue /
Quint, the former manservant
Jiro Takano X   X  
Iwao Onuki   X   X

April 2001

Thursday 19

Friday 20 Saturday 21 Sunday 22
3:00pm     X X
7:00pm X X    

Available from Sunday 11 March, 2001 at 10:00am.
To order tickets, please call +81-3-5352-9999 (10:00am-6:00pm).
Internet ticket reservation available through the following Website.(Japanese only)

All Seats Reserved: ¥4,200
Seat Z(¥1,500) is sold only on the performance day at the Box Office and a part of Ticket Pia Offices.

THE_TURN_OF_THE_SCREWExplanatory Notes
The New National Theatre Tokyo (NNTT) will present The Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of his death. This is a small-scale chamber opera, with a rather suggestive title, which consists of six characters who appear on stage, 13 members in the orchestra, and a conductor, for a total of only 20 persons. It is comprised of 16 scenes in two acts and the music that connects the scenes is written in the elaborate style of a theme and variations. Once a screw begins to turn it can only turn in one direction, and like the "turn of a screw" once the troubles of this production's extremely egoistic adults-who are attempting to control the feelings of two children-begin to unfold around their unusual human relationships, events head toward a tragic end.

The governess, who is engaged by the guardian of two children-Miles and his younger sister Flora-to assume complete responsibility for them in return for extraordinary treatment, arrives at their house with a deep sense of anxiety. Greeted by Mrs. Grose, the housekeeper,and the well-disciplined Miles and Flora, the governess feels that things will turn out all right but the situation soon changes with the appearance of a ghost, the former manservant Quint. Quint, who doted upon Miles and also had a relationship with the previous governess, Miss Jessel, died from a sudden accident. It is discovered that Miss Jessel committed suicide immediately after Quint's death. Before long, the ghost of Miss Jessel also appears, and the four adults-the two who live in this world and the other two from the other world-start to fight over the children. The ghosts entice Miles and Flora whereas the two living adults are strict with the children, prompting their hearts to lean toward the ghosts. In the last scene, the governess presses Miles hard with solicitous questions, desperately trying to awaken him. Finally, Miles screams, "Quint, you devil!" and collapses into the arms of the governess. At the same time, however, his heart has ceased to beat.