Katsura Sunshine’s Rakugo


New World Stages/Stage 2

350 West 50th Street
New York NY 10019


Recommended for ages 14 and up, Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

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With a minimal set, Katsura Sunshine’s Rakugo features a lone storyteller dressed in kimono, kneeling on a cushion, using only a fan and a hand towel for props, entertains the audience with a comic monologue followed by a traditional story.


340, West 50th Street, New York, New York, 10019

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New World Stages is in the heart of the theatre district, west of Times Square between 8th and 9th Avenues, easily accessed by four major subway lines at the 50th St. Station. Parking is conveniently located on 49th and 50th Streets


340, West 50th Street, New York, New York, 10019

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About Katsura Sunshine’s Rakugo

Recently the emcee of the G20 in Osaka, Katsura Sunshine’s Rakugo comes to Times Square. Called the King of Kimono Comedy, Rakugo is the 400-year-old Japanese traditional art of comic storytelling, currently there are only 800 Rakugo Masters. Hailing from Canada, Sunshine is the only Western Rakugo Master in the world and star of NHK Worldwide, he is hilarious, charming, universally funny and yet so very Japanese. Sunshine is the perfect performer to bridge the gap between the East and the West, in a hilarious style.

Critics have raved “A delight, Katsura Sunshine’s Rakugo is funny and exciting. If you’re looking for a good way to laugh and forget your troubles this is the show for you!” and “Funny and delightfully intimate with a feeling of improvisation that makes it easy to love.”

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Frequently Asked Questions

All items are subject to inspection. Anything brought into the theatre must fit on your lap or completely under your seat without blocking any aisles. Avoid bringing packages, luggage, and backpacks. Some items must be checked.

No weapons permitted on the premises. No outside food or beverages, electric scooters, e-bikes, or battery-powered transportation devices, except when medically necessary.

The use of cameras, cell phones, and other recording devices during the show is strictly prohibited by law, except when used for accessibility services.