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April at the Kabukiza Theatre

Daily: Apr 02 (Mon) - Apr 26 (Thu), 2018

Matinee:11:00 AM

Evening show: 4:45 PM

Time Schedule

On sale: from Mar 12 (Mon), 2018 10:00AM(JST)

Box Seat: 20,000 / First Class: 18,000 / Second Class: 14,000 / Upper Tier A: 6,000 / Upper Tier B: 4,000
Unit: Japanese Yen (tax included)

Kabukiza Theatre (at TOKYO) Theatre Information

  • Book Ticket

The year 2018 is the 130th year since the opening of the first Kabukiza Theatre.
The Matinee opens with a so-called ‘New Kabuki’ play featuring the heroes of the Meiji Restoration and commemorates its 150th anniversary. The next to be performed is a full-length performance of an epic play portraying one of the most famous family feuds in the Edo Period, featuring Onoe Kikugorō.
In the Evening Show, there is a thrilling full-length production of a play whose plot features the usurpation of a daimyo family’s headship and its final revenge, featuring Kataoka Nizaemon.


[ Saigō Takamori and Katsu Kaishū ]

Saigō Takamori
Onoe Shōroku
Katsu Kaishū
Nakamura Kinnosuke

This is a so-called 'New Kabuki' play set in the time just before the Meiji Restoration (1868).
As the allied forces of the Satsuma and Chōshū domains led by Saigō Takamori are about to attack Edo Castle, the minister of the shogunate, Katsu Kaishū, makes desperate efforts to save the shogun's life and the people of Edo (the old name for Tokyo) from the fires of war. Katsu goes to Saigō and they talk candidly. The negotiations result in the bloodless surrender of Edo Castle.


[ Both Sides of the Date Clan Troubles ]

Kosuke, a servant / Nikki Danjō
Onoe Kikugorō
Masaoka, a nurse
Nakamura Tokizō
Hosokawa Katsumoto
Nakamura Kinnosuke
Otake, a maidservant / Okinoi
Kataoka Takatarō
Arajishi Otokonosuke
Bandō Hikosaburō
Kurahashi Yajūrō
Onoe Shōroku
Bandō Yajūrō
Watanabe Gekizaemon
Nakamura Tōzō

This is a play showing both sides of the troubles that affected the Ashikaga clan. It is based on the older play 'Sendai Hagi' that describes the troubles of the Date clan in Sendai. On the outside it takes the form of a jidaimono history play, while on the inside it depicts the case of a doctor's murder in the style of a sewamono play. Sewamono plays depict the lives of ordinary people in the Edo period.
Nikki Danjō plans to overtake the Ashikaga household and asks the doctor Ōba Dōeki to mix a poison to assassinate Tsuruchiyo, the young heir of Ashikaga clan. Dōeki receives money as a reward, but his servant Kosuke kills him to steal the money, putting the blame on Otake whom he loves.
The court lady Sakae Gozen brings Tsuruchiyo poisoned cakes, but Senmatsu, the son of Tsuruchiyo's wet-nurse Masaoka, saves Tsuruchiyo by tasting them before his young lord, as Masaoka had taught him to do.
As Otake is about to be declared guilty of murdering Dōeki, Hosokawa Katsumoto's retainer Kurahashi Yajūrō produces irrefutable evidence and Kosuke is found guilty.
Furthermore, Katsumoto convicts Nikki Danjō after an appeal by an old retainer who risks his life.

EHON GAPPŌ GA TSUJI -Tateba no Taheiji

[ The Villainous Taheiji ]

Saeda Daigakunosuke / Tateba no Taheiji
Kataoka Nizaemon
Tashiroya Yohē
Nakamura Kinnosuke
Okame, Tashiroya's adopted daughter
Kataoka Takatarō
Bandō Kamezō
Omichi, Taheiji's wife
Kamimura Kichiya
Oyone, Sagoemon's daughter and Okame's sister
Nakamura Umemaru
Denzō, a head clerk
Kataoka Matsunosuke
Sekiguchi Takurō
Kawarasaki Gonjūrō
Oriyo, Tashiroya's widow and Yohē's adopted mother
Ichimura Manjirō
Takahashi Sezaemon / Takahashi Yajūrō
Bandō Yajūrō
Ichikawa Danzō
Unzari Omatsu / Satsuki, Yajūrō's wife
Nakamura Tokizō

This is a rare full-length production of a revenge classic by Tsuruya Nanboku IV (1755 -1829). First performed in 1810, "Ehon Gappō ga Tsuji" was a dramatization of a popular revenge case of the time.
The charm of this play lies in the activity of the two villains. Daigakunosuke, a samurai who is trying to take over his clan, steals the clan's treasures and kills everyone who gets in his way. Tateba no Taheiji, a ruffian from the lowest level of society plots together with Daigakunosuke and also kills many people. This play depicts the villains' exuberant rampage until, finally, they are defeated in a revenge vendetta by the heroes.
One of the special highlights of this production is that a single actor will play two different roles: that of Daigakunosuke who is a villain with power, and Tateba no Taheiji who is an evil commoner. Kataoka Nizaemon has announced that he will be playing these two roles for the last time in his career.