July Program at the Kabukiza Theatre
Daily: Jul 03 (Mon) - Jul 28 (Fri), 2023
Evening Show: 4:00 PM
*No Matinee and Evening Show on the 10th (Mon) and 19th (Wed).
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On sale: from Jun 14 (Wed), 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.
*Tea will not be offered at the Box Seats.
Kabukiza Theatre (at TOKYO) Theatre Information
In the Matinee, the entire play ''Chrysanthemum Party and Thieves in the Moonlight'' from the 'Forty-eight Plays Selected by Ichikawa Ennosuke III' will be performed for the first time in 32 years. It is a sequel by Tsuruya Nanboku IV to the history play ''The Treasury of Loyal Retainer'', in which you can see a 'chūnori' flight through the air, a spectacular staging trick typical of kabuki. In the Evening Show, you will see a history play concerning a warrior and a father and his daughter. This is followed by a domestic play that includes a spectacular brawl among the flamboyant townsmen in the Edo period. Finally, you will see a varied dance play from 'The New Eighteen Favourite Kabuki Plays' commemorating the 120th anniversary of the death of Ichikawa Danjūrō IX who was praised as a saint of acting.
11:00 AM - 12:01 PM
(Intermission: 30 minutes)
12:31 PM - 1:46 PM
(Intermission: 20 minutes)
2:06 PM - 3:00 PM
KIKU NO EN TSUKI NO SHIRANAMI
['Chrysanthemum Party and Thieves in the Moonlight', a sequel to 'Chūshingura']
- Ono Sadakurō
- Ichikawa Chūsha*
- Okaru with golden hairpins
- Nakamura Kazutarō
- Ono Kurobē
- Asano Kazuyuki
- Ishidō Kazumanosuke
- Ichikawa Monnosuke
A year has passed since the 47 masterless retainers of En'ya Hangan avenged their lord's death by killing Kōno Moronō. While they are praised as loyal retainers, in contrast, Ono Kurobē, the chief retainer of En'ya's clan, suffers disgrace for his disloyalty. Kurobē's son Sadakurō wants to demonstrate his loyalty in his father's place. En'ya's brother Nuinosuke is ordered to dedicate a short sword, which is an heirloom of the En'ya clan, while Moronō's adopted son Moroyasu is ordered to dedicate Kan Shōjō's own handwriting to restore their respective clans. Nuinosuke presents the short sword to the envoy, but it turns out to be a fake. Nuinosuke intends to commit ritual suicide by disembowelment to atone for this, but Sadakurō offers to be his substitute. As he is about to cut open his stomach, he slays Moroyasu who has been there to witness his suicide. He asks his father to hand over the scroll in which the art of the ninja is handed down. Now that Sadakurō has obtained the art of the ninja, he names himself the thief Akatsuki Hoshigorō and vows to restore the En'ya clan. He sets out searching for the short sword, which is thought to have been stolen by the Kōno clan, and the scroll in Kan Shōjō's own handwriting. People related to both clans who have their own objectives appear, such as Sadakurō's wife Kakogawa, the chivalrous woman Okaru with golden hairpins who once served En'ya's clan, the geisha Ukihashi who is pregnant with Nuinosuke's child and Ukihashi's brother-in-law Hotoke no Gonbē. The short sword and the scroll in Kan Shōjō's own handwriting change hands and ...
SHINREI YAGUCHI NO WATASHI
['The Miracle at Yaguchi Ferry']
- Ofune, Tonbē's daughter
- Nakamura Kotarō
- Tonbē, a ferryman
- Ichikawa Omezō
This is a history play by Fukuchi Kigai (also known as Hiraga Gennai) who was also a famous scientist and inventor. As the exile Nitta Yoshimine and his lover Utena beg for a night's lodging at Tonbē's house, young Ofune falls in love with Yoshimine at first sight and welcomes them. However, her evil father Tonbē who is the keeper of a river crossing wants to capture the exile in return for a reward. Tonbē stabs Ofune, mistakenly thinking she is Yoshimine. She lets Yoshimine escape and pounds a drum as a signal to begin the siege of the village. Tonbē tries to pursue Yoshimine, but is shot with an arrow by the spirit of Yoshimine's brother Yoshioki.
Intermission: 20 minutes
KAMI NO MEGUMI WAGŌ NO TORIKUMI
Megumi no Kenka
['The Fight between Firefighters and Sumō Wrestlers']
- Megumi no Tatsugorō
- Ichikawa Danjūrō
- Onaka, Tatsugorō's wife
- Nakamura Jakuemon
- Edoza Kitarō
- Kawarasaki Gonjūrō
- Yotsuguruma Daihachi
- Ichikawa Udanji
- Takidashi Kisaburō
- Nakamura Matagorō
- Okura, wife of the Obanaya's owner
- Nakamura Kaishun
They used to say that fights and fires were the flowers of the city of Edo. This particular play depicts a rivalry between the members of the Megumi firefighting brigade and a group of sumō wrestlers. Ultimately, this is a confrontation between the firefighters, who represent the commoner class, and the samurai patrons of the sumō wrestlers. The fight begins with a minor incident but grows into a situation of such tension that when Tatsugorō, the leader of the firefighting gang, goes to his final fight, he prepares for death and has an emotional parting from his family. The 'tachimawari' (fight scene) between firefighters and sumō wrestlers is very spectacular!
Intermission: 30 minutes
KAMAKURA HACHIMANGŪ SHIZUKA NO HŌRAKUMAI
['Shizuka's Dedication Dance at the Kamakura Hachimangū Shrine']
- Shizuka Gozen
Minamoto no Yoshitsune
An old woman
A boatman on the River of the Dead
- A three-eyed hobgoblin
A town maiden
Princess Ninomiya, Gorō's elder sister
- A lantern
A young boatman
This dance is included as one of the 'Shin Kabuki Jūhachiban', 'The New Eighteen Favourite Kabuki Plays' that were chosen by Ichikawa Danjūrō IX. Danjūrō IX was praised as a 'gekisei' (Saintly Actor). This work was reconceived in 2018. A threatening wind blows and an old woman appears at a desolate temple in Kamakura where a specter is rumoured to appear every night. She says she was a court dancer in days gone by and begins to perform a dance. After she disappears, specters gather one by one and .... Enjoy quick changes of role and costume, a powerful exit along the 'hanamichi' runway as well as 5 types of kabuki music which will accompany this dance play.