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Bizarre, antiquated and very cultural. It's like Shakespeare to modern English speakers.

First off, don't be like us and go in shorts and shirts. This place is a nice theater and women... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2017
It's possible to enjoy Japanese Theatre w/ only English

Firstly, neither my mate and I speak Japanese. Secondly, the Kabuki show we watch didn't catered to... read more

Reviewed 5 July 2015
Tim V
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 9 October 2017

First off, don't be like us and go in shorts and shirts. This place is a nice theater and women were attending in their kimonos, so be sure to dress up! Kabuki has its value. We took our Japanese friend who had never been to...More

2  Thank LaTinoco
Reviewed 29 May 2017

The Shochikuza Theatre is the place if you want to see Kabuki. It is located in in the Dotonbori district The theatre itself is built in a western, Neo-Renaissance style first opened in 1923 and was modelled after the Teatro Alla Scala in Milan, Italy.

2  Thank Tatjana K
Reviewed 28 January 2016 via mobile

The Osaka Shochikuza Theater provides a most unique theatre experience. One could imagine how popular the male actors were in the past, as both male and female roles are largely performed by men. The actors are in full costume and makeup. They have a sing...More

2  Thank John L
Reviewed 5 July 2015 via mobile

Firstly, neither my mate and I speak Japanese. Secondly, the Kabuki show we watch didn't catered to English speakers at all, as there was no English pamphlets nor English radio headpieces. However, we ended up thoroughly enjoying the 3.5 hr show. Although we almost walked...More

4  Thank Tim V
Reviewed 22 May 2015

I saw the Ameratsu performance by the Kodo group at this theatre. It was the most hypnotic experience I have had. I had goosebumps throughout the visual and auditory spectacle. The theater itself has a traditional design and so it is a little squeezy but...More

2  Thank Tranverse
Reviewed 19 September 2014

So we had the option of a full length show or the dance show. luckily, we made it a little to late to book the earlier full length shows. I will have to say I am glad we didn't the show was wonderful but repetitious...More

2  Thank Jesper815
Reviewed 17 July 2014

My rating of 4/5 is only because the Osaka Shochiku-za--unlike the Tokyo kabuki-za--sadly has earphone guides available only in Japanese. The kabuki website states that an English program book is available for 300 yen at the information counter, but for the July 2014 program at...More

2  Thank trijbits
Reviewed 2 June 2014

We went to watch a theatre performance here. There's three kinda tickets available. Short (about 30min), medium (about 60-90min) and long (way over 2 hours). In this very charming theatre an all-male cast performs traditional Kabuki Theatre. The tone of the voices are a bit...More

1  Thank Bandit-One
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