Barbican Theatre, Silk Street, London EC2 (0171-938 8891) from 27 AugReuse content
The sheer invention and imagination of Yukio Ninagawa's East-meets- West theatrical images leave most other directors standing. Even his near misses like the recent Shintoku-Maru can leave you slack-jawed in amazement. His samurai-style Macbeth had choirboys singing the Faure Requiem as cherry blossom fell like snow while the visual splendours of Medea were heightened by a Handel funeral march at aurally and emotionally shattering volume. He's always best when tethered to a classic narrative so his fiercely loyal fans will already have booked for his Hamlet (right). Now is the perfect time for newcomers to discover him.