New National Theatre, Tokyo Closes due to Coronavirus

By Francisco Salazar

The New National Theater, Tokyo has shut down from Feb. 28 until March 15, 2020.

The company announced that in response to a request issued by Japan’s Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT Minisiter) regarding the prevention of the spreading of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infections, with a view to reducing the potential risk of spreading infectious diseases, the New National Theatre, Tokyo has cancelled all performances and events.

The performances that will be affected include the NNT Opera Studio “Le Nozze di Figaro,” Ballet Kenneth MacMillan’s “Manon,” and NNT Ballet School Graduation Performance 2020.

The theater also announced that performances held on or after Monday, March 16 will be be monitored with an “announcement made as soon as possible pursuant to further instructions and information from MEXT and other government-related agencies.”

For ticketholders, the company will refund all purchased tickets.

The New National Theatre, Tokyo is the latest institution to cancel due to the Coronavirus. The Seoul Arts Center, the Teatro alla Scala, the Teatro Regio di Parma, and the Teatro la Fenice closed due to the outbreak.