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April Program at the kabukiza

April Program at the Kabukiza Theatre

Daily: Apr 02 (Sun) - Apr 27 (Thu), 2023

Matinee:11:00 AM

Evening Show: 4:00 PM

*No Matinee and Evening Show on the 10th (Mon) and 17th (Mon).

[Important Notice]
●Precautionary Measures at the Kabukiza Theatre

●(Updated) Notification of the cancellation of April 5th-7th Evening Show performances at the Kabukiza Theatre(Apr 7)

Notification of the absence and cast replacement of Ichikawa Sadanji for the Evening show of the April performances(Apr 2)

Time Schedule

On sale: from Mar 14 (Tue), 2023 10:00 AM(JST)

Box Seat: 20,000 /First Class Seat: 18,000 /Second Class Seat: 14,000 /Upper Tier A 6,000 /Upper Tier B : 4,000
Unit: Japanese Yen (tax included)
*Children over the age of 4 must purchase tickets to enter.

*Single Act Seats are not for sale.
*Tea will not be offered at the Box Seats.

Kabukiza Theatre (at TOKYO) Theatre Information

The Kabukiza Theatre celebrates its 10th anniversary since its reopening in April 2013.
In the Matinee we present a new kabuki production which was first performed in September 2013, but this time with a cast of actors from the younger generation. Please enjoy the world of “The Court Astrologer” including a 'chūnori' flight through the air as its highlight.
In the Evening Show you will see a masterpiece of the 'domestic play' category which portrays the checkered destinies of a man and a woman who meet by chance and fall in love, plus a representative work of kabuki dance in which a parent lion with a white mane and a lion cub with a red mane swing their wigs vigorously.

Performance Time:
11:00 AM - 11:56 AM
(Intermission: 35 minutes)
12:31 PM - 1:27 PM
(Intermission: 25 minutes)
1:52 PM - 2:52 PM

Takiyasha Hime

['The Court Astrologer, a new version']

Abe no Seimei
Nakamura Hayato
Minamoto no Hiromasa
Ichikawa Somegorō
Taira no Masakado / Emperor Murakami
Bandō Minosuke
Princess Takiyasha / Princess Kisaragi
Nakamura Kazutarō
Prince Okiyo
Onoe Ukon
Kikyō no mae
Nakamura Kotarō
Tawara no Tōda
Nakamura Fukunosuke
Nakamura Takanosuke
A mountain witch at Mt. Mikami
Ichikawa Monnosuke
Ashiya Dōman
Ichikawa Ennosuke

In the 10th century, Taira no Masakado rebels against the Imperial Court and gains control of the eastern provinces with Prince Okiyo. Ordered by the Emperor, Tawara no Tōda subjugates Masakado with an arrow which the wizard and astrologer Ashiya Dōman gave him, but Masakado's severed head gets lost. Abe no Seimei, the young court astrologer who is popular in the capital, and his friend Minamoto no Hiromasa fear Masakado's vengeful ghost. One day, they encounter a lady who names herself Itotaki. Hiromasa falls in love with her at first sight, but she is in reality Masakado's sister Princess Takiyasha. Aided by Orochimaru, Seimei confronts those who plot to revive Masakado in the capital where mysteries occur one after another.

Performance Time:
4:00 PM - 4:43 PM
(Intermission: 20 minutes)
5:03 PM - 5:59 PM


['Scarfaced Yosaburō']

Kataoka Nizaemon
Bandō Tamasaburō
Kōmori Yasu
Kataoka Ichizō
Akama Genzaemon
Kataoka Kamezō
Kingorō, chief of a firefighting brigade
Bandō Kamezō *
Izumiya Tazaemon
Kawarasaki Gonjūrō *

*The cast has been changed from the initial announcement.

On the beach, Yosaburō, the spoilt son of a wealthy family, meets Otomi, the mistress of a gang boss, and falls in love with her at first sight. The affair is soon found out by the gang boss and Yosaburō gets beaten up, suffering wounds all over his body. Thinking that Yosaburō died, Otomi throws herself into the sea. 3 years later, Yosaburō, who has become a petty thief, and his mentor Yasu, nicknamed 'the Bat', go to blackmail the mistress of a wealthy merchant, only to discover that it is Otomi, who also survived. In one of the most famous scenes in kabuki, Yosaburō pours out his resentment against Otomi and bemoans the fate that has destroyed his life. Then Otomi learns the secret about her situation...

Intermission: 35 minutes

Performance Time: 6:34 PM - 7:29PM


['Parent and Child Lion Dance']

The actor Ukon, later, the spirit of the parent lion
Onoe Shōroku
The actor Sakon, later, the spirit of the lion cub
Onoe Sakon
Rennen, a priest of the Nichiren Sect
Bandō Kamezō
Hennen, a priest of the Pure Land Sect
Kawarasaki Gonjūrō

A dance adapted from a tale featuring the legendary 'shishi', a mythical lion-like beast. It is based on the idea that a 'shishi' will push its cubs over a steep cliff as a test of their strength, only nurturing those cubs strong enough to climb up by themselves. Two entertainers dance the tale of the legendary 'shishi' that live at the foot of a holy Buddhist mountain. The dance portrays a parent 'shishi' forcing its cub to undergo harsh training in order to grow up strong. In the finale, the 'shishi' themselves appear and perform their dance with the wild shaking of their long manes.