NVAP Musical Matinee: Tokyo Rose

Join us for a screening from the National Video Archive of Performance

+44 (0)20 7942 2000
  • V&A South Kensington

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL

  • Hochhauser Auditorium, Learning Centre for Arts

  • Free event

NVAP Musical Matinee: Tokyo Rose photo

Tokyo Rose is inspired by the true story of Iva Toguri, an American-born Japanese woman accused of being a propagandist. With a score blending Japanese and American music, Tokyo Rose explores themes of identity, loyalty, and the human cost of war as Iva navigates dangerous political waters to determine where her allegiances truly lie. This electrifying musical was composed by William Patrick Harrison, with the book and lyrics by Maryhee Yoon and Cara Baldwin. This production was directed by Hannah Benson at Southwark Playhouse, London, and recorded live by the V&A in October 2021.

This screening will be 2 hours and 15 minutes, including a 10-minute interval. Please note, NVAP's are subject to last minute changes.

Established in 1992, through an agreement with the Federation of Entertainment Unions, NVAP was the first project of its kind in the UK. The archive now holds over 450 high-quality archival multi-camera recordings of live performance in Britain and continues to record and preserve productions for the national collection. The archive, launched with Richard Eyre’s production of Richard III starring Ian McKellen (National Theatre, 1992), features a vast range of stage performances with work by notable playwrights, directors, set designers, lighting designers and actors. It is an invaluable research tool to view and learn about significant British productions and captures and preserves moments of ephemeral performance history that otherwise would be lost. When V&A East opens in 2024 all the recordings will be available for the public to view in a brand-new facility.

Header image: NVAP still from Tokyo Rose, 2021 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London