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July Program at the kabukiza

July Program at the Kabukiza Theatre

Daily: Jul 01 (Mon) - Jul 24 (Wed), 2024

Matinee:11:00 AM

Evening Show: 4:30 PM

*No performances on the 10th (Wed) and 16th (Tue).

Notification of the absence and cast replacement of Nakamura Baigyoku(July 12)

Time Schedule

On sale: from Jun 14 (Fri), 2024 0:00 AM(JST)

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)

*Box Seat: 20,000 (Not available online. Click here for details.)
*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 you will see a grand history play focusing on the most dramatic aspects of "Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees", one of the three great classics of the kabuki repertoire. It portrays the fates and battles of the people who lived in the era of the Genji-Heike civil wars. Please look forward to a powerful aerial stunt and quick changes of costume between the 13 main roles.
In the Evening Show the legendary play adapted from 'The Biography of Toyotomi Hideyoshi,' the success story of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, will be performed for the first time in 43 years. It is an exciting play filled with showy direction and some of kabuki's unique and most exciting techniques, such as an aerial stunt and quick changes of role.

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Performance Time:
11:00 AM - 12:45 PM
(Intermission: 30 minutes)
1:15 PM - 2:25 PM
(Intermission: 25 minutes)
2:50 PM - 3:37 PM

Narita Senbon Zakura

['Ichikawa Danjūrō enacts 13 roles from "Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees"']

Fujiwara no Tomokata, Minister of the Left
Kawagoe Tarō
Musashibō Benkei
Tokaiya Ginpei, in reality, Taira no Tomomori
Irie Tanzō
Shume no Kokingo
Igami no Gonta
Yazaemon, the owner of the sushi shop
Yasuke, in reality, Taira no Koremori
Satō Tadanobu
Satō Tadanobu, in reality, the fox Genkurō
Yokawa no Kakuhan, in reality, Taira no Noritsune

Ichikawa Danjūrō

Shizuka Gozen
Nakamura Jakuemon
Sagami Gorō
Ichikawa Udanji
Nakamura Kotarō
Kajiwara Heizō Kagetoki
Ichikawa Omezō
Oryū, in reality, Suke no Tsubone
Nakamura Kaishun
Minamoto no Yoshitsune
Nakamura Baigyoku

This is an adaptation of "YOSHITSUNE SENBON ZAKURA", one of the greatest classics of kabuki. Danjūrō will display traditional acting techniques such as quick changes of role and an aerial stunt.
[Prologue/Act 1]
During the war between the Genji and Heike clans, Yoshitsune receives a precious hand drum as a reward for subjugating the Heike. But there is a falling out between Yoshitsune and his elder half-brother Yoritomo, the leader of the Genji forces. Yoshitsune must flee from the capital and leave his lover Shizuka in the care of Satō Tadanobu. Yoshitsune books passage on a boat to Kyushu, but the captain is actually the Heike general Taira no Tomomori in disguise. He uses this opportunity to try to get his revenge on Yoshitsune but is finally defeated again.
[Act 2]
The Heike commander Taira no Koremori now lives disguised as Yasuke, the humble apprentice of a sushi shop. Knowing of the bounty on Koremori's head, the ne'er-do-well Gonta hands over Koremori's head, as well as his wife and daughter, to the Genji commander. However, it turns out that he only pretended to kill Koremori. In fact, he sacrificed his own wife and son to save the real Koremori and his family.
[Final Act]
Tadanobu and Shizuka come to see Yoshitsune in Yoshino. This Tadanobu is actually a fox which took on human form to be close to the precious drum which is made from the skins of his fox parents. Touched by this, Yoshitsune eventually gives him the drum.

Performance Time:
4:30 PM - 5:32 PM
(Intermission: 35 minutes)
6:07 PM - 7:29 PM
(Intermission: 25 minutes)
7:54 PM - 8:45 PM

Sennari Byōtan Hatameku Isaoshi

['Two Sides of the Biography of Toyotomi Hideyoshi']

Toyotomi Hideyoshi / Suzuki Kitanokami Shigenari /

Matsumoto Kōshirō
Akechi Mitsuhide / Maeda Toshiie
Onoe Matsuya
Oda Nobutada / Katō Kiyomasa
Bandō Minosuke
Otsū, Mitsuhide's younger sister / Mōri Terumoto
Onoe Ukon
Suzuki Magoichi / Ukita Hideie
Ichikawa Somegorō
Oda Nobunaga
Bandō Hikosaburō
Empress of Heaven
Ichikawa Monnosuke
Lady Yodo
Ichikawa Komazō
Matsunaga Danjō / Tokugawa Ieyasu
Ichikawa Chūsha
Hideyoshi's lawful wife
Nakamura Jakuemon
Ōwadatsumi, the god of the ocean
Matsumoto Hakuō

This play is adapted from 'The Biography of Toyotomi Hideyoshi', interweaving the main story portraying the successful life of Toyotomi Hideyoshi with a subplot depicting the tragic life of his rival Akechi Mitsuhide.
[Act 1]
During the Warring States period, Oda Nobunaga hopes to take over the whole country, and destroys Matsunaga Danjō who is suspected of turning against him. Danjō entrusts his hope of restoring his clan to his real son Mitsuhide and dies in the fire which he sets in his mansion. Nobunaga hopes to conquer the Chūgoku district and Hideyoshi leads the vanguard. Mitsuhide applies for the expedition, but Nobunaga abuses Mitsuhide. Mitsuhide carries out the last wish of his father Danjō and rebels against Nobunaga. Nobunaga's eldest son Nobutada is infatuated with Mitsuhide's younger sister Otsū, and she bears him the child Sanbōshi. As he enjoys seeing his ladies-in-waiting dance, he is beset by Mitsuhide's troops. He tells Otsū to flee with Sanbōshi to Hideyoshi, lest the Oda clan should die out.
[Act 2]
Thanks to Suzuki Kitanokami Shigenari, the strategist of Bitchū Takamatsu castle which is attacked by Hideyoshi, and Shigenari's son Magoichi, Hideyoshi is able to make peace with the lord of the castle and sets out for the capital to avenge the death of his lord Nobunaga. In Himeji, Otsū arrives at Hideyoshi's camp with Sanbōshi. As Hideyoshi's troops try to go further by ship, Ōwadatsumi, the god of the ocean, appears and through his divine power they arrive at the Great Sakamoto Falls on Lake Biwa, where they fight a decisive battle with Mitsuhide.
[Final Act]
It is Songokū who rushes about wildly in the stable of heaven. Receiving a reward for getting the better of the Emperor and Empress of Heaven, he flies away on a Flying Nimbus … Toyotomi Hideyoshi wakes up from the dream which he had while he was taking a nap. Now at the height of his prosperity, he expresses his joy in a gorgeous dance with his lawful wife, Lady Yodo and his veteran warriors.