About Sheepdog Theatre

Sheepdog Theatre was founded by Australian director Michael Walker with the purpose of bringing an off-Broadway style of English-speaking theatre to audiences in Tokyo. The company’s inaugural production was Ingmar Bergman’s Through A Glass Darkly performed at Theater Shine in Asagaya in late 2019. Plans for a second show were abruptly halted with the onset of COVID19 and subsequently resulted in a three year interval between productions. In July 2023, the group was delighted to present their follow-up production, Samuel D. Hunter’s beautiful and poignant, The Whale.

In 2024, the group will be presenting William Shakespeare’s masterpiece Hamlet at Theater BONBON in Nakano. 

Productions for later in the year will be announced over the coming months.

Mission Statement

At Sheepdog Theatre, we believe in the transformative power of theatre to bring people together, break down barriers, and foster new connections. Our mission is to create innovative and thought-provoking theatrical experiences that engage and inspire audiences in Tokyo.

We value collaboration and seek to work with both local artists and those with international backgrounds in pursuit of work that reflects the richness of our global community. We value inclusivity, and strive to create productions that represent a variety of perspectives and cultures, whilst simultaneously remaining aware of the richness on offer here in Japan..

We are committed to artistic integrity, and believe that the highest quality theatre is achieved through a rigorous and disciplined creative process. We work with artists who share our commitment to excellence, and we aim to create productions that encourage audiences to think critically about the world around them.

Through our theatre company, we hope to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of who we are, and to promote a more inclusive and equitable community. 

We believe that theatre can be a powerful force for positive change, and we are dedicated to using our art to make a difference in the world.

Refund and Exchange Policy

Once purchase has been completed, tickets to a Sheepdog Theatre production are non-refundable.

Requests for ticket exchanges to another show date/ time may be made up to 7 days prior to the show, with any refund/processing fees being paid by the purchaser. Approval is only granted once Sheepdog Theatre has issued written confirmation.

Ticket transfers to others are permitted up to 7 days in advance of the performance. Please clearly state both the name of the original purchaser and those to whom the ticket is being given. Approval is only granted once confirmed by Sheepdog Theatre.


Commercial Disclosure

Under article 11 of the Specified Commercial Transaction Act, we state the following:


Sheepdog Theatre


Michael Walker


English language theatre. We offer the designated rights to watch theatrical performances or attend training.


Ticket prices are displayed on the box office page for each show. Sheepdog Theatre does not charge any additional fees.


Payments are accepted by credit card, (Visa, MasterCard, and American Express), PayPal and bank transfer .


Tickets will be delivered by email when payment is complete.


Sheepdog Theatre’s refund and cancellation policy is posted on our website. Sheepdog Theatre reserves the right to revise the policy at any time.


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