Performance Dates & Tickets
Glamourous, witty and enthralling epic ballet by Jean-Christophe Maillot, winner of three Masques d'Or in 2015

The Taming of the Shrew

Ballet in two acts

Choreography Jean-Christophe Maillot
Assistant to Choreographer Bernice Coppieters
Music Dimitri Chostakovitch
Scenography Ernest Pignon-Ernest
Lighting Dominique Drillot
Costumes Augustin Maillot
Libretto Jean Rouaud after William Shakespeare

Premiere by Bolshoi Ballet, The Bolshoi Ballet Theatre, 4 July 2014
Premiere by Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Grimaldi Forum Monaco, 28 December 2017

Photo: Alice Blangero

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, under the directorship of Jean-Christophe Maillot, returns to Tokyo in November 2020 for the first time in 5 years. It will be the Company's eighth tour to Japan. On this occasion, the Company will bring The Taming of the Shrew, choreographed by Jean-Christophe Maillot, based on a quintessential Shakespeare's play. Maillot's sophisticated vocabulary elegantly and powerfully draws the humorous and ironical love story with a serious underlying theme--the search for a better half.

Created for the Bolshoi Ballet in 2014, The Taming of the Shrew won three Masques d'Or in 2015: Best Choreographic Show, Best Male Dancer and Best Female Dancer. Three years later, Jean-Christophe Maillot reworked and developed it to the style of his own dancers of Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, with which the Company has toured internationally and won huge success around the world. The collection of music that Maillot has chosen for the ballet is also impressive; most vivid music by Shostakovich including soundtracks and symphonies.

Don't miss the long-awaited Japan premiere of the sparkling masterpiece by Jean-Christophe Maillot and Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo!

Photos: Alice Blangero

Performance Dates

Friday 6 November 2020, 19:00 @Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo
Saturday 7 November 2020, 13:00 @Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo
Saturday 7 November 2020, 17:00 @Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo **
Sunday 8 November 2020, 13:00 @Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo

*Running Time About 1 hour and 50 minutes including an intermission.
*Recorded music will be used.
**A preshow talk is scheduled to be held by Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo from 16:00 on Saturday 7 November 2020.


Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (Tokyo)

Tickets (tax included)
S \17,000
A \15,000
B \13,000
C \9,000
D \7,000
E \5,000

Please note that we are to present the performances with the utmost caution in line with national and regional guidelines for novel coronavirus infection prevention measures, and that the performance dates and details are subject to change depending on circumstances. We will be posting on our website a list of novel coronavirus precautions upon attending the performance. Audience members are kindly asked to read it before attending the performance. (as of 21 May 2020)
●Children under 6 years old are not admitted to the auditorium.
●Program and casting as of 20 April 2020 are subject to change. Changes in the program and cast do not entitle holders to return or exchange tickets.

Ticket Sale Dates

All tickets go on sale on Saturday 4 July 2020 at 10:00a.m. Book now

Presales at "NBS WEB Ticket" (Categories S, A, B, C & D)
Wednesday 17 June 2020 at 21:00--Thursday 2 July 2020 at 18:00

Presales and Discount Tickets at NBS WEB Ticket and NBS Ticket Center

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1. Presales for Categories S, A, B, C & D

Presale tickets will be on sale from Wednesday 17 June 2020, 21:00 until Thursday 2 July 2020, 18:00 at NBS WEB Ticket.

2. Discount for two persons (Categories S, A & B)

Enjoy a discount of ¥2,000 for two persons. Tickets will be on sale from Wednesday 17 June 2020, 21:00 at NBS WEB Ticket, and from Saturday 4 July 2020, 10:00 at NBS Ticket Center (Phone +81-(0)3-3791-8888).

3. Parent and Child Tickets (Categories S, A and B)

Parent and Child Tickets (for children between 6 and 18 years old, from elementary school students to senior high school students) will go on sale on Tuesday 14 July 2020 at 10:00 at NBS WEB Ticket and NBS Ticket Center (Phone 03-3791-8888). Up to two child tickets per one parent ticket can be purchased.
Child ticket prices: S = 8,500 yen, A = 7,500 yen, B = 6,500 yen

4. 25 and Under Tickets

¥2,000 tickets for those aged 6 to 25 years go on sale from Friday 2 October 2020 at 20:00 at NBS WEB Ticket. You must bring identity documents with proof of age to pick up your tickets at the venue on the performance day.

For more information, please contact us at 03-3791-8888(phone) or

Presented by Japan Performing Arts Foundation, Nikkei Inc.

Supported by Ambassador of the Principality of Monaco to Japan, Monaco Government Tourism and Convention Bureau