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Music Program TOKYO Young Theater-Goers Program Musical Drama: Mr.Simigdáli or the Gentleman Made of Groats (New Production)

Based on an old Greek folktale, this story tells about a princess who gets through hardships gracefully with the power of love.

* Upon attending the performance, please visit this link to go through our precautionary measures and notice to visitors to help prevent the COVID-19 spread.

Date Sun, Aug 6, 2023 14:00 (Open 13:30)

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Recital Hall

Genre TBK productions

Recital Hall

Notice to our patrons who are attending this performance

Please follow the below measures to help prevent the COVID-19 spread. Your understanding and cooperation are much appreciated.

⁃ We ask you not to come to the venue if you do not feel well with symptoms such as a fever, cough, sneezing, or sore throat.

⁃ Strictly follow the precautions against infectious diseases such as the cough etiquette and washing and disinfecting your hands frequently.

⁃ Check your temperature with thermal imaging cameras on entering the venue. If your temperature is higher than usual, you are not allowed to enter the venue.

⁃ No beverage is sold in the Recital Hall area.

⁃ We do not hand out program leaflets and such printed materials. Please pick them up by yourself from specific areas.

⁃ Allow enough time to get into the venue.


There is an old Greek story about a princess called Ilia.

While she keeps her millions of suitors away, she makes a man of her own out of dough, mixing groats, sugar, and almonds.

Mr.Simigdáli! That is what he is called.

The rumor about this beautiful and kind gentleman goes around the world, reaching a queen far far away.

One day, Mr.Simigdáli is taken to the queen’s kingdom.

In search of her beloved, with iron shoes on, princess Ilia never gives up and sets off on a journey.

She goes to the mother moon and her child, then to the mother sun and her child, but no one knows where he is trapped.

When she visits the mother star, her children tell the princess where.

Princess Ilia, weary after the long quest, arrives in the faraway Kingdom of Gold.

Will this journey let her finally meet Mr.Simigdáli and bring them back home?


Based on a Greek folktale collected by Irene NAUMANN-MAVROGORDATO

in “Es war einmal: Neugriechische Volksmärchen”

Music Direction, Composition, and Arrangement


Adaptation and Direction


Music to be performed

Various pieces to be selected from classical music, partly with new works


Princess Ilia: UMETSU Midori

Mr.Simigdáli: SUGAWARA Yohei

Queen of the Kingdom of Gold: TSUKIKAGE Hitomi


Piano: NIIGAKI Takashi

Violin: KISHIMOTO Honoka *1st prize of String section at the 9th Tokyo Music Competition

Cello: KATO Fumie *2nd prize of String section at the 7th & 8th Tokyo Music Competition


Set Design: MATSUO Hiroko

Costume Design: NISHIHARA Rie

Lighting Design: KASAHARA Toshiyuki

Sound Design: SUEHIRO Yuki (Tokyo Bunka Kaikan)

Choreography and Assistant Stage Director: GOZU Naomi

Stage Manager: ITO Jun (The Stuff)

PhotoNIIGAKI Takashi; Music Direction, Composition, Arrangement, and Piano
PhotoHISATSUNE Hidenori, Adaptation and Direction
PhotoUMETSU Midori, Soprano
PhotoSUGAWARA Yohei, Baritone
PhotoTSUKIKAGE Hitomi, Actor
PhotoKISHIMOTO Honoka, Violin
PhotoKATO Fumie, Cello


Prices (tax included)

S3,300yen A2,200yen

Elementary/Middle School Students 1,100yen (The price applies to all seat categories.)

* Valid ID is required to elementary/middle school students for their age verification on the day of the performance.

Seating Chart of Recital Hall

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On Sale Date

Sat, Apr 8, 2023

BOX Office

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Box Office

Other Information

* This production is performed only in Japanese.
* The program is subject to change under certain circumstances.
* Pre-school children are not allowed to attend this performance.
* Child care service is available (Reservation and fee required. A limited number of children is accepted.)
Event Child Care Service: Mother's 0120-788-222.
Reservation must be made by Fri, Jul 28, 17:00.
COVID-19 Safe Event Checklist (PDF *only in Japanese)

Organizers & Supporters

Organizers: Tokyo Metropolitan Government/Tokyo Bunka Kaikan operated by Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture

Planning & Production: Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Production Section