Hideki Noda

Playwright, director, actor. Born in Nagasaki in 1955, Noda was appointed Artistic Director of Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre in July 2009 and is currently professor at Tama Art University. Noda launched his first theatre company, Yume no Yuminsha (Dreaming Bohemian) while still a student at the University of Tokyo, creating many acclaimed works.
In 1992, he went to study in London. On his return in 1993, he established a theatre production company called NODA∙MAP. Since then, he has presented successful hits including Kill, Pandora no kane (Pandora’s Bell), Oil, Akaoni (Red Demon), THE BEE, THE DIVER, The Character, Egg, Gekirin and Footprint Princess. He has collaborated with Kabuki actor Nakamura Kanzaburo XVIII, adapted Kabuki plays, and directed productions of his original versions of classical Kabuki pieces, such as Tragedy of Togitatsu, Nezumikozo, and more. Noda is also actively involved in international productions, working with British, Thai and Korean actors. He won most of the major drama awards in Japan and was awarded the 2009 Asahi Prize. He was appointed Honorary Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in October 2009 and received the Medal with Purple Ribbon (for contributions to education and culture) in June 2011. In 2023, he received the Distinguished Artist Award by International Society for the Performing Arts. He has toured extensively around the world.

Constantin Chiriac:
''A complex personality of the Japanese and the international theatre world, Japan’s greatest artist, actor, director, playwright, professor and theatre manager, Hideki Noda is awarded a star on the Sibiu Walk of Fame for his revolutionary art, in dialogue with the world’s great theatre movements.''

Star offered with the support of: JTI