November 15, 2012
Anjin: The Shogun and the English Samurai
Royal Shakespeare Company and Horipro present the blue-eyed samurai
Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on November 2012
Japanese promotion giant Horipro and the Royal Shakespeare Company revive their 2009 blockbuster coproduction. Anjin chronicles the adventures of the “blue-eyed samurai” William Adams, a British navigator who sailed to Japan in 1600 and eventually became advisor to Shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa. The bilingual (largely Japanese) production examines a man who served as a vital conduit for Western culture—and the basis for James Clavell’s Shogun. Directed by the RSC’s Gregory Doran, the show stars Stephen Boxer as Adams and celebrated actor Masachika Ichimura returning as the shogun.