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July at the kabukiza

July at the Kabukiza Theatre

Daily: Jul 05 (Thu) - Jul 29 (Sun), 2018

Matinee:11:00 AM

Evening show: 4:30 PM

*No Evening show on the 11th (Wed) and the 17th (Tue).
*No Matinee on the 18th (Wed) and the 19th (Thu).
*Reserved seats for the Matinee are sold out on the 7th (Sat). (Single Act Seats will still be available.)

Time Schedule

On sale: from Jun 12 (Tue), 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 Kabukiza Theatre.
This month's programs both star one of Kabuki’s leading actors, Ichikawa Ebizō. In the Matinee there is a revival of a classic work portraying the historical figure of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. In the Evening Show, the play 'GENJI MONOGATARI' will be staged, based on the literary classic that has been loved for centuries in Japan. The beautiful love story unfolds around the protagonist Hikaru Genji. Both programs are full-length performances that will include the stunt of flying through the air. Both are well worth seeing.


[Chronicles of the Rise of Toyotomi Hideyoshi ]

Hashiba Hideyoshi/Sun Wukong
Ichikawa Ebizō
Akechi Mitsuhide/Akechi Samanosuke
Nakamura Shidō
Matsushita Kahē/Shibata Katsuie
Ichikawa Udanji
Yae, Hideyoshi's wife
Nakamura Kotarō
Horikoshi Kangen
Satsuki, Mitsuhide's Wife
Nakamura Jakuemon
Kuretake, Kahē's wife
Nakamura Tōzō

This is a full-length production of a play portraying the rise of the warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
Oda Nobunaga was about to realize his ambition of unifying Japan, when Akechi Mitsuhide, one of his most trusted generals, raised a rebellion against him. At the time, Hashiba (later, Toyotomi) Hideyoshi was at war with the Mōri clan in Bitchū, but as soon as he heard this news he returned to Kyōto to avenge his lord Nobunaga's death by defeating Mitsuhide. In his youth, Hideyoshi was once apprenticed to a samurai named Matsushita Kahē. Since Kahē supports Mitsuhide's clan, Hideyoshi makes him a present of the boy Jūjirō who was brought up as Mitsuhide's son. This gift placates the old man's anger. However, Hideyoshi discovers from the amulet that Jūjirō was wearing that Jūjirō is, in fact, his own son.
After Nobunaga's death, many of Nobunaga's retainers commend Nobunaga's sons, Nobukatsu or Nobutaka, as Nobunaga's successor, but Hideyoshi objects, saying that Nobunaga's sons don't deserve to be his successor because they didn't avenge their father's death. He persuades them that Nobunaga's grandchild Sanbōshi should be the successor and seizes real power as his guardian.


[ The Tale of Genji ]

Hikaru Genji/Dragon King
Ichikawa Ebizō
Minister of the Right
Ichikawa Udanji
Aoi no Ue/Akashi no Ue
Nakamura Kotarō
Hikaru (in childhood)/Crown Prince
Horikoshi Kangen
Murasaki Shikibu
Ichimura Manjirō
Rokujō no Miyasudokoro
Nakamura Jakuemon
Nakamura Tōzō
Kokiden no Nyōgo
Nakamura Kaishun

                             Katayama Kurōemon
                             Umewaka Kishō
                             Kanze Yoshimasa
                             *Whichever Nō performer appears depends
                             on the day.

Apparition of Darkness
Anthony Roth Costanzo
Apparition of Light
Zachary Wilder

This play is an adaptation of the oldest novel in the world written by Murasaki Shikibu more than 1000 years ago, and which is still popular to this day.
As the play begins, Murasaki Shikibu is writing 'The Tale of Genji' in Ishiyama-dera Temple. It is a moving story about the courtier Hikaru Genji who was blessed with shining beauty and talent. He was born an imperial prince in the ancient capital of Kyōto but was the subject of great envy among others at the imperial court. Furthermore, tragedy struck at an early age when he lost his mother. Anxious about his future and wishing to protect him against court intrigue, his father, Emperor Kiritsubo, demoted him to the rank of subject. Not understanding the reason for this, Genji felt abandoned and there was a darkness in the depths of his heart. This mixture of light and darkness inspires Murasaki Shikibu to continue the story.
In this production, Nō performers and opera singers will join the performance to create a new style of kabuki combining the traditional performing arts with the latest technology!