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April Program at the kabukiza

April Program at the Kabukiza Theatre

Daily: Apr 02 (Tue) - Apr 26 (Fri), 2024

Matinee:11:00 AM

Evening Show: 4:30 PM

*No performances on the 10th (Wed) and 18th (Thu).

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On sale: from Mar 14 (Thu), 2024 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.

*Tea will not be offered at the Box Seats.

Kabukiza Theatre (at TOKYO) Theatre Information

The Matinee begins with a 'sewamono', a domestic play telling a painful story of family affection through the experiences of a sumō wrestler. It is followed by an auspicious dance, and ends with another famous domestic play based on a real event.
In the Evening Program you can enjoy a domestic play by the famous kabuki playwright Tsuruya Nanboku, a dance depicting a festival in Edo (the old name for Tokyo) and another dance portraying the beauty of the four seasons in Japan.

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Performance Time: 11:00 AM - 12:13 PM


['The Skylight' from 'A Diary of Two Butterflies in the Pleasure Quarters']

Nan Yohē, later Nanpō Jūjibē
Nakamura Baigyoku
Ohaya, Yohē's wife
Nakamura Senjaku
Nuregami Chōgorō
Onoe Shōroku
Okō, Chōgorō's mother
Nakamura Tōzō

A sumō wrestler named Nuregami Chōgorō has killed a man to save another to whom he was indebted and is now on the run. He takes refuge at the home of his mother whom he has not seen in years. Unfortunately, her step-child Yohē is now a local magistrate and has been ordered to search for and arrest Chōgorō. The mother is caught in a dilemma between love for her real son and duty towards her stepson. Yohē realizes Chōgorō's true identity and, sympathizing with his step-mother, he lets him escape. Chōgorō departs, thanking Yohē for the favor to his family. These complicated conflicts are symbolized by the light and dark created by the humble skylight, as a rope is pulled to open or close its wooden shutter.

Intermission: 35 minutes

Performance Time: 12:48 PM - 1:06 PM


['The Seven Gods of Good Fortune']

Ebisu (God of Fishing and Commerce)
Nakamura Kashō
Benzaiten (Goddess of Music and Wealth)
Bandō Shingo
Bishamon (Vaisravana)
Nakamura Hayato
Hotei (A pot-bellied God of Good Luck)
Nakamura Takanosuke
Fukurokuju (God of Welfare and Longevity)
Nakamura Toranosuke
Daikokuten (Mahakana, God of Wealth)
Onoe Ukon
Jurōjin (God of Longevity)
Nakamura Mantarō

A treasure ship on which the Seven Gods of Good Fortune pose appears on the waves. They get excited after toasting again and again. They portray a courtesan and her lover in the pleasure quarters in dance and then dance praying for peace across the land.

Intermission: 25 minutes

Performance Time: 1:31 PM - 3:31 PM

–Sumiyoshi Torii Mae, Nanba Sabu Uchi, Nagamachi Ura

['The Summer Festival in Old Osaka -The Sumiyoshi Shrine, Sabu's House and the Back Alley at Nagamachi']

Danshichi Kurobē / Otatsu, Tokubē's wife
Kataoka Ainosuke
Issun Tokubē
Onoe Kikunosuke
Okaji, Danshichi's wife
Nakamura Yonekichi
Kotoura, a courtesan
Nakamura Kangyoku
Tamashima Isonojō
Nakamura Tanenosuke
Tsurifune no Sabu
Nakamura Karoku

This is a 'sewamono' play, a work portraying in a realistic way the lives of ordinary people in the Edo period (1603-1868).
This popular work portrays the pride of a chivalrous man in old Osaka. Danshichi, a gallant fishmonger, does everything he can to protect the son of his patron with his companions Tokubē and Sabu. Even Tokubē's wife heroically helps out by sacrificing her beautiful face. But in the end, Danshichi is betrayed by his evil father-in-law Giheiji. In the famous climax of the play, Danshichi is forced to kill Giheiji in a muddy field down a lonely back alley. As the two struggle desperately using real water and mud, Danshichi's beautiful tattoos are exposed and they strike a series of magnificent poses. In the background we hear the shouts of local festival-goers nearby. 

Performance Time: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Dote no Oroku, Kimon no Kihē 

['The Scandalous Love of Osome and Hisamatsu']

Dote no Oroku
Bandō Tamasaburō
Yamagaya Seibē
Nakamura Kinnosuke
Kamekichi, a barber
Nakamura Fukunosuke
Kimon no Kihē
Kataoka Nizaemon

This is a play written by Tsuruya Nanboku IV in the early 19th century, and this scene in particular reflects the decadence and corruption found in the underbelly of society at that time. The scenes portray two outwardly charming characters who are, in fact, extremely wicked. There are several typical 'role types' that appear in kabuki, and the 'akuba' (wicked lady) is one of them. Oroku is an 'akuba', and although beautiful, she appears to be truly wicked.
Trying to extort 100 gold coins, Oroku and her husband Kihē visit a pawnshop carrying a dead body. Claiming the corpse to be Oroku's brother, the pair insists that he died from an injury he incurred in a quarrel with the shop's apprentice. However, the dead body suddenly regains consciousness and the extortion ends in failure. Although disappointed, the two leave the pawnshop without flinching in the slightest.

Intermission: 35 minutes

Performance Time: 6:05 PM - 6:25 PM


['The Kanda Festival']

Chief of a firefighting troop
Kataoka Nizaemon
A geisha
Bandō Tamasaburō

The gallant commoners of Edo's neighborhoods loved nothing better than a festival, and this is a dance based on one of the biggest festivals in Edo (the old name for Tokyo). In this dance, a gallant fireman and a geisha appear and display their 'Edo-style' spirit. In the end, a young man comes out and a beautiful fight scene unfolds on stage.

Intermission: 20 minutes

Performance Time: 6:45 PM - 7:33 PM


['The Four Seasons']

<Haru: Kamibina>[Spring: Paper dolls]
Empress doll
Onoe Kikunosuke
Emperor doll
Kataoka Ainosuke

<Natsu: Tama Matsuri> [Summer: The Obon Festival]
Nakamura Shikan
A young actor
Nakamura Hashinosuke
A maiko
Nakamura Kotarō

<Aki: Kinuta>[Autumn: Fulling Block]
A young wife
Kataoka Takatarō

<Fuyu: Kogarashi> [Winter: Cold Wintry Wind]
Horned Owl
Onoe Shōroku
Horned Owl
Bandō Kamezō

This dance portrays the four seasons in Japan beautifully. Paper dolls representing a happy couple in spring, the emotional dance of a young proprietor and others against the background of giant bonfires on the mountainside in summer, a young wife who thinks of her husband in autumn, as a poem by Li Po describes, as well as whirling leaves in a cold wind in winter.