History

OVER 120 YEARS OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE THEATRE IN TOKYO

Founded in 1896, Tokyo International Players (TIP) is a theatrical organization comprised primarily of the Tokyo foreign community, which provides quality English language entertainment for international audiences.
 

On February 10, 1896, the first meeting of The Tokyo Dramatic and Musical Association took place. This meeting was chaired by the Chief of Mission of Belgium, Baron Albert d'Anethan. The Baron, his wife Baroness E. Mary, and 7 additional Japanese and European men and women out of the one hundred members present formed the original committee of this organization, which would later be renamed Tokyo International Players.

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On November 6, 1896, TIP's first recorded performance was A Lesson in Love by Charles Smith Cheltnam. With ups and downs during the lead up to the Pacific war, in 1940, TIP was forced to disband with TIP records destroyed during the war-time bombings.


Although TIP is a non-profit group, the work it produces is by no means amateur. Over its long history, many active members have appeared in professional theatre in Japan and abroad.


TIP is 100% volunteer-run. We are always looking for new on-stage talent, directors, designers, and backstage crew, as well as people to support our various front-of-house, fundraising, and promotional activities. Enthusiasm, energy, and a fun-loving nature are more important than experience.