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February at the Kabukiza Theatre

Daily: Feb 01 (Tue) - Feb 25 (Fri), 2022

Part 1: 11:00 AM

Part 2: 2:30 PM

Part 3: 6:15 PM

*No performances on the 8th (Tue) and the 17th (Thu).
*The theatre will open 40 minutes before the performance starts.

[Important Notice]
(Updated) Notification of the absence of Bandō Minosuke (Feb 23)

(Updated) Notification of the absence of Nakamura Takanosuke (Feb 22)

Notification of the February (Part 3) performances from February 20th on (Feb 19)

(Updated) Notification of the theatre operations for the February and March performances(Feb 19)

Notification of the cancellation of February 14th - 19th (Part 3) performances (Feb 14)

Notification of the absence and cast replacement of Bandō Minosuke (Feb 13)

(Updated) Notification of the absence and cast replacements of Bandō Hikosaburōs (Feb 11)

(Updated) Notification of the absence and cast replacement of Nakamura Shikan (Feb 9)

Notification of the theatre operations for the January and February performances (Jan 20)

●Notice about the Kabukiza Theatre's operations from 2022
●Precautionary Measures at the Kabukiza Theatre from 2022

Time Schedule

On sale: from Jan 14 (Fri), 2022 10:00AM(JST)

Box Seat: 17,000 /First Class Seat: 16,000 /Second Class Seat: 12,000 /Upper Tier A : 5,500 /Upper Tier B : 3,500
Unit: Japanese Yen (tax included)
*Children over the age of 4 must purchase tickets to enter.

*Single Act Seats are not for sale.
*All sections of the auditorium will generally be sold in two-seat blocks, with every third seat vacant.
*Tea will not be offered at the Box Seats. Please refrain from eating at seats as well.

Kabukiza Theatre (at TOKYO) Theatre Information

Part 1 begins with a popular 'New Kabuki' play, the highlight of which is a powerful dispute between two men, followed by a vigorous 'lion' dance. In Part 2, you can see a flowery dance which imparts a feeling of early spring, together with a masterpiece of the history play genre portraying the vengeance of Taira no Tomomori who was defeated by the Genji clan, while in Part 3, you can enjoy a dance with an archaic atmosphere together with a play filled with the atmosphere of the Edo period, portraying a real chivalrous robber as its protagonist.

Performance Time: 11:00 AM - 12:33 PM

Ohama Goten Tsunatoyo-kyō

['Lord Tsunatoyo at his Ohama Estate' from 'The Loyal 47 Rōnin of the Genroku Era']

Tokugawa Tsunatoyo
Nakamura Baigyoku
Tominomori Suke'emon
Onoe Shōroku
Okiyo, Tsunatoyo's consort
Nakamura Kangyoku
Arai Kageyu
Nakamura Tōzō
Ejima, a private secretary
Nakamura Kaishun

After Asano Takuminokami attacked and wounded Kira Kōzukenosuke within the shōgun's palace in 1701, he was ordered to commit ritual suicide, his domain was confiscated and his retainers all became masterless samurai. A group of these masterless samurai planned to avenge their lord's death by killing the man they held responsible, Kira. This story takes place the following year. Lord Tokugawa Tsunatoyo is holding a beachside party. Learning that Kira will attend this party, Tominomori Suke'emon asks to observe from a distance. However, he hears that the Asano family will soon be reinstated, which means there will be no more reason for revenge... The story focuses on the meanings of revenge.

Intermission: 30 minutes

Performance Time: 1:03 PM - 1:18 PM


['The Stone Bridge']

Spirit of the Shishi Lion
Nakamura Kinnosuke
Spirit of the Shishi Lion
Nakamura Takanosuke
Spirit of the Shishi Lion
Onoe Sakon

In Asian tradition, the shishi is not really a lion, but a kind of mythical creature. This version of the dance closely follows the classical Nō play of the same name. A high ranking Buddhist priest travels to China to try to cross the stone bridge into paradise and encounters a woodcutter and a boy. In the second half, the woodcutter and boy reveal themselves and the shishi shows his power by shaking his mane vigorously.

Performance Time: 2:30 PM - 2:50 PM


['The Soga Brothers and the Seven Spring Herbs']

Soga no Jūrō
Nakamura Baishi
Shizuka Gozen
Kataoka Sennosuke
Soga no Gorō
Nakamura Mantarō

In the Edo period, plays about the medieval vendetta carried out by the Soga brothers Jūrō and Gorō were staged every New Year. This colorful, old-fashioned dance mixes this tradition with the custom of eating porridge containing seven auspicious herbs on the seventh day of the New Year.

Intermission: 20 minutes

Performance Time: 3:10 PM - 5:05 PM

Tokaiya, Daimotsu no Ura

['The Tokaiya Boathouse and Daimotsu Bay' from 'Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees']

Ginpei, a boatman, in reality, Taira no Tomomori
Kataoka Nizaemon
Minamoto no Yoshitsune
Nakamura Tokizō
Oryū, Ginpei's wife, in reality, the lady Suke no Tsubone
Kataoka Takatarō
Irie Tanzō
Nakamura Hayato
Oyasu, Ginpei's daughter, in reality, the child emperor Antoku
Ogawa Hiroharu
Sagami Gorō
Nakamura Matagorō
Musashibō Benkei
Ichikawa Sadanji

This is a 'jidaimono' history play portraying the civil war between the Genji and the Heike clans during the 12th century. After recent battles, the Genji are victorious and their leader Yoritomo is now shōgun. However, there is a falling out between Yoritomo and his brother Yoshitsune. As a result, Yoshitsune is fleeing through the country from his brother's forces. Yoshitsune books passage on a boat to Kyūshū. However, the captain is actually the Heike commander Taira no Tomomori who, in this play, is living in disguise with the child emperor Antoku and his nursemaid. At first, the captain seems to be a gallant commoner but soon he reveals himself to be Tomomori who uses this opportunity to try to take his revenge on Yoshitsune.

Performance Time: 6:15 PM - 6:35 PM


['The Dance Premiered by Oniji']

A woodcutter, in reality, Osada no Tarō
Nakamura Shikan
A shirabyōshi dancer, in reality, Matsu no Mae
Nakamura Jakuemon

This is a classical dance filled with the stylized beauty of gesture and pose and including a fight scene. Osada no Tarō, a warrior of the Heike clan who is disguised as a woodcutter, encounters a shirabyōshi dancer in the mountains in Kyoto. As Osada joins her in dance, she tries to snatch a pipe from him, but ….

Intermission: 30 minutes

Performance Time: 7:05 PM - 9:10 PM


['The Story of the Thief Nezumi Kozō Jirokichi']

Inaba Kōzō
Onoe Kikunosuke
Shinsuke, a sword dealer
Bandō Minosuke
Omoto, a geisha
Bandō Shingo
Omitsu, Sugita's daughter
Nakamura Yonekichi
Sankichi, a clam vendor
Onoe Ushinosuke
Bandō Kamezō
Hayase Yajūrō
Bandō Hikosaburō
Honjō Soheiji
Kawarasaki Gonjūrō
Matsuyama, a courtesan of the Daikokuya
Nakamura Jakuemon
Yosobē, a city guard
Nakamura Karoku

The sword dealer Shinsuke and the geisha Omoto love each other. However, an evil samurai who also loves Omoto but whose love is unrequited, tricks Shinsuke out of one hundred gold coins and a sword, and the couple decides to commit double suicide. Hearing of their circumstances, Inaba Kōzō promises them to raise the money before disappearing. He is, in reality, the chivalrous robber Nezumi Kozō who steals money from the rich and gives it to poor people. A few days later, Omoto's younger brother Sankichi calls on Kōzō who is in hiding making a living as a fortuneteller. This human drama explores the themes of duty and compassion.