Kabuki theater reopens after 5-month hiatus over coronavirus

Kyodo -- Aug 01
Kabukiza Theater in Tokyo reopened Saturday for public performances for the first time in five months after taking measures against the novel coronavirus that had prompted its closure.
Fans welcomed the restart for the scheduled August performances featuring major kabuki actors, including Kataoka Ainosuke. Operators measured the body temperatures of visitors at the entrance and also took preventive steps such as keeping performers further away from the audience than usual.

The theater said it has conducted antibody tests on some 500 people, including performers and staff, and polymerase chain reaction or PCR tests on 200 of them who are directly involved in the performances. None tested positive, it said.

Featuring four plays a day, the theater is sanitized after each play.

To maintain social distancing, it only accepts 823 spectators for about 1,800 seats. They are also asked to refrain from eating and drinking inside the theater.

- Kyodo

伝統演劇の殿堂である歌舞伎座(東京都中央区)は1日、観客を入れて約5カ月ぶりとなる歌舞伎公演「八月花形歌舞伎」を開催した。東京などで新型コロナウイルスの感染者が増加する中、感染防止策を徹底し、緊張感のある再開を迎えた。