Tokyo Rose

Theatre (musical theatre, new writing)

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  • Underbelly, Cowgate - Iron Belly
  • 18:55
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Burnt Lemon Theatre / Untapped by Underbelly and New Diorama
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains Distressing Themes, Strobe Lighting
  • Accessibility:
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Turn back the dial to 1949. Iva d'Aquino stands accused of treason in one of the most controversial trials in American history. Faced with accusations of peddling Axis propaganda, Iva becomes known as the notorious Tokyo Rose – but was she the villain she was made out to be? Five female wartime disc jockeys spit piercing verse in a rap-packed musical broadcast going live in 5, 4, 3... From the team behind The Half Moon Shania: 'Best Musical Award 2018' ***** ( **** (Stage). **** ( New Diorama Theatre and Underbelly Untapped Award 2019.

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General venue access

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  • Accessible entry: There are 50 steps into this venue from the cowgate entrance.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

Captioned performances

  • Dates: 16 August
  • Type: Open
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating locations or if booking a unit is required.

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Kathryn Wright 91 days ago

Go see this clever and well preformed show!

Stephen Howell 96 days ago

A powerful, moving and unbelievable true story. Excellent show!

Maarten Stolk 96 days ago

Such a great show! It approaches a subject of history that is rarely talked about and pours it into heartfelt musical theatre. All the actresses on stage are vocally impressive and really shine in their respective roles.

LTW 102 days ago

An incredible show!

Great vocals and strong storyline. Very moving and powerful!

Must see!

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Broadway World (4/5 stars) 80 days ago

One of this year's Untapped Award winners, Burnt Lemon's Tokyo Rose tells the true story of an American citizen born to Japanese parents, Iva Toguri. Studying to become a doctor in California, Iva (Maya Britto) is sent to Japan to look after her sick aunt. When America join World War...

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An Organised Mess 80 days ago

With set, music and choreography working seamlessly together there is everything to love about this production.

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The Stage [paywall] (3/5 stars) 81 days ago

Burnt Lemon Theatre turned heads last year with raucous gig-theatre show The Half Moon Shania. They’re back this year, as part of the New Diorama Theatre’s Untapped Award, with Tokyo Rose, a rap-infused musical telling the story of Iva Toguri, an American citizen who broadcast Japanese propaganda during the Second...

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The F Word 81 days ago

Questioning national identity and taking a new angle on the plight of Japanese-Americans during World War Two, Tokyo Rose simmers with tension and energy, and with music that brings the emotions to life. Through excellent multi-character work from everyone except the central character, and a soundtrack that has hints of Hamilton (and that I desperately want to own), Burnt Lemon Theatre have created a masterpiece.

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Miro Magazine (4/5 stars) 83 days ago

Freedom, equality, a better tomorrow. This is not the current America, or indeed the current UK. Tokyo Rose wishes to understand the past and hopefully avoid future repetition. It’s so close to being a powerhouse of a show in all respects.

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Voice Mag (5/5 stars) 85 days ago

From start to finish, all of the show’s performers are incredible. Both their singing and acting are consistently fantastic throughout the show, succeeding in both the bigger musical moments and the tender quiet moments. In the performance I was at there were a slew of technical issues, from mics not working to speakers blowing, and they still persisted. In fact, their voices were powerful enough that you could hear them all without amplification, especially Lucy Park and Maya Britto. Whilst there were issues, the lighting was incredibly visually striking, and the music was amazing. Also, the dance routines throughout the show were fluid and incredibly entertaining, whilst still communicating the emotions and message of the scenes.

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The Independent (3/5 stars) 87 days ago

There’s real confidence in Maryhee Yoon and Cara Baldwin’s writing, directed by Hannah Benson, and Maya Britto makes for a hugely appealing, watchable Toguri. Not all the performances in this all-female cast are so on point, but this is a promising ensemble – and certainly a promising show. While Tokyo...

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 87 days ago

Tokyo Rose is a complex story, told phenomenally well by a company quickly proving itself to be one of the hottest theatre groups in the country. Spinning a bona fide crowdpleaser out of an intricate and morally complex war crimes trial is no easy feat. And neither is constructing a...

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Bouquets & Brickbats (4/5 stars) 87 days ago

Playing to a packed house and sending audiences out on a high, Tokyo Rose is a delight. It also illuminates a fascinating (and little known) story from the Second World War.

Grab a ticket if you can, and strap yourselves in for a bumpy ride.

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Musical Theatre Review (5/5 stars) 89 days ago

This cast of five supremely talented and well-rehearsed young women are a delight to watch from start to finish. The musical style is rich and varied – if a CD were available it would be selling out as quickly as tickets for this show. Close harmonies, evoking the Andrews Sisters’ style right alongside contemporary rap and scat are spine-tingling. The ‘Caught in the Crossfire’ ballad is a pivotal moment for Iva’s character – a diva is born. Immense vocal range and power matched with superb acting, remember the name Maya Britto.

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British Theatre (4/5 stars) 91 days ago

Burnt Lemon Theatre throws light on a shocking episode of injustice in their new show, Tokyo Rose. With a driving insistent score, they have created an energetic musical that tells the story of American woman Iva Toguri d’Aquino who was charged with treason after she took part in English-language broadcasts to Allied soldiers in the South Pacific during World War II.

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A Younger Theatre (4/5 stars) 92 days ago

Tokyo Rose is a powerhouse of a production. Created by Burnt Lemon Theatre, this new female-led musical explores the wrongful conviction of Iva Toguri D-Aquino at the time of World War Two – the seventh person in U.S. history to be found guilty of treason. American-born with Japanese roots, she...

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The List (3/5 stars) 92 days ago

Musical excavates the important and timely story of Iva d'Aquino...

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Musical Theatre Musings (4/5 stars) 93 days ago

Tokyo Rose is a fresh telling of the historical story that feels more relevant than ever. Innovative music and choreography and a cast that deliver this with passion and energy.

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Exeunt 95 days ago

No one could accuse Burnt Lemon of lacking ambition. Their latest, the New Diorama Untapped Award-winning Tokyo Rose, is a densely packed staging of the life and trial of Iva Toguri D’Aquino. A young Japanese-American woman, born and raised in the US before the start of World War II, Iva...

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Whats On Stage (3/5 stars) 98 days ago

It's definitely no bad thing that Hamilton has, since it first opened four years ago, spawned a raft of sung-through rap musicals. And while this new piece from the very talented Burnt Lemon isn't just that, it's almost impossible not to think of Lin-Manuel Miranda's mega-hit while watching it. But...

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Fest (4/5 stars) 100 days ago

Iva Toguri was falsely convicted of treason in 1949. It took over twenty years for America to pardon her. Tokyo Rose is an intelligent, inventive new musical that tells a true story about how it feels when your country fails you. Born in the USA to Japanese parents, Iva sailed...

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