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May Program at the kabukiza

May Program at the Kabukiza Theatre

Daily: May 02 (Thu) - May 26 (Sun), 2024

Matinee:11:00 AM

Evening Show: 4:30 PM

*No performances on the 8th (Wed) and 16th (Thu).

[Important Notice]
(Updated)Notification of the absence and cast replacement of Nakamura Karoku for the Evening show May performances(May 25)

Time Schedule

On sale: from Apr 14 (Sun), 2024 10:00 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

The May program at the Kabukiza Theatre features the annual 'Dan-Kiku Sai' (the 'Dan-Kiku Festival'). This was first held in April and May, 1936, at the Kabukiza Theatre in honor of the actors Ichikawa Danjūrō IX and Onoe Kikugorō V who were active in the Meiji period and who lay the foundation of modern kabuki. The 'Dan-Kiku Festival' has been an annual festive event at the Kabukiza Theatre since 1977. Plays and dances associated with both acting families are included in the 'Dan-Kiku Festival' production, and this year to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of Ichikawa Sadanji IV, 'KENUKI' will be staged.

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Performance Time: 11:00 AM - 11:51 AM


['Sumō' and 'Mandarin Ducks']

Kawazu no Saburō / The spirit of a male mandarin duck
Onoe Matsuya
Kisegawa, a courtesan / The spirit of a female mandarin duck
Onoe Ukon
Matano no Gorō
Nakamura Mantarō

Matano no Gorō, who loses to Kawazu no Saburō in a sumō match, gives up the courtesan Kisegawa to Kawazu as promised. However, the spiteful Matano plots to have Kawazu drink the blood of a male mandarin duck, a bird that is believed to have strong attachment to its partner, in order to disturb his mind and kill him. The spirit of a female mandarin duck appears whose partner was killed by Matano, as does the spirit of the male mandarin duck in the figure of Kawazu. The pair torments Matano mercilessly, venting the deep resentment they bear towards him, until finally they fly away.

Intermission: 35 minutes

Performance Time: 12:26 PM - 1:25 PM


['The Whisker Tweezers']

Kumedera Danjō
Ichikawa Omezō
Makiginu, a lady-in-waiting
Nakamura Tokizō
Ono no Harukaze
Nakamura Ganjirō
Ohara no Manbē
Onoe Shōroku
Yatsurugi Kazuma
Onoe Matsuya
Hata Hidetarō
Nakamura Baishi
Nishiki no mae
Ichikawa Otora
Ichimura Manjirō
Hata Minbu
Kawarasaki Gonjūrō
Yatsurugi Genba
Nakamura Matagorō
Ono no Harumichi
Onoe Kikugorō

Stage assistant
Ichikawa Danjūrō

A princess has a mysterious ailment that makes her hair stand on end, and this prevents her from going ahead with her long-awaited marriage. Kumedera Danjō comes from the groom's household to investigate and, when his tweezers mysteriously float up in mid-air, he discovers a secret plot. This is one of 'The Eighteen Favorite Kabuki Plays'. This collection mostly features plays with the bombastic 'aragoto' style of acting, but ''Kenuki'' is an urbane, witty detective story that unfolds in a world of fantasy. It displays the spirit of early kabuki.

Intermission: 25 minutes

Performance Time: 1:50 PM - 3:17 PM

Kinpira Hōmon Arasoi

['The Renowned Banzui Chōbē' with the play-within-a-play 'Kinpira's Debate on Buddhism']

Banzui'in Chōbē
Ichikawa Danjūrō
Mizuno Jūrōzaemon
Onoe Kikunosuke
Otoki, Chōbē's wife
Nakamura Kotarō
Detchiri Seibē
Ichikawa Omezō
Tōken Gonbē
Ichikawa Udanji
Kondō Noborinosuke
Nakamura Kinnosuke

In the early Edo period, gallant men like Banzui'in Chōbē were leaders among the ordinary townspeople. But this incurred the wrath of members of the samurai class who were theoretically in control. As the play begins, a fight breaks out inside a theatre which is settled by Chōbē, but Chōbē's skillful arbitration frustrates the samurai Mizuno. A short time later, Mizuno invites Chōbē to visit his mansion. All of Chōbē's men tell him not to go because it is a trap, but Chōbē decides to meet his end and bids farewell to his wife and son.

Performance Time: 4:30 PM - 6:06 PM


['Precious Incense and the Bush-clover of Sendai']

Masaoka, the wet-nurse
Onoe Kikunosuke
Sakae Gozen
Nakamura Jakuemon
Nakamura Yonekichi
Yashio, a lady-in-waiting
Nakamura Karoku

Nikki Danjō
Ichikawa Danjūrō
Arajishi Otokonosuke
Ichikawa Udanji

This is a 'jidaimono', a history play set in pre-modern Japan, but it is based on the attempt to take over one of the most famous samurai households in the Edo Period, a scandal that caused a sensation in its day. Young Tsuruchiyo is made heir after the lord of the Ashikaga House is forced into retirement because of his profligate ways. Masaoka, the young boy's wet-nurse, is afraid that he will be assassinated and refuses all male contact, insisting on making all his meals herself. In an attempt to kill Tsuruchiyo, the villains send a gift of poisoned cakes, and Masaoka only manages to protect the boy by sacrificing her own son. The loyal retainer Otokonosuke who has been on guard beneath the apartments, finds a suspicious rat, but fails to capture it. This is actually Nikki Danjō, the arch villain of the play, who used sorcery to disguise himself as a rat. With his magic powers, he suddenly disappears.

Intermission: 35 minutes

Performance Time: 6:41 PM - 8:30 PM


['Four Thousand Gold Coins']

Tomizō, a vagabond from Shimotsuke Province
Onoe Shōroku
Prisoner of accountant
Bandō Hikosaburō
Chief Prisoner
Bandō Kamezō
Osayo, Tomizō's wife
Nakamura Baishi
Saijirō, a vagabond from Asakusa
Nakamura Mantarō
Itamiya Tokutarō
Bandō Minosuke
Hamada Sanai
Kawarasaki Gonjūrō
Rokubē, an udon seller
Bandō Yajūrō
Old Prisoner in the corner
Ichikawa Danzō
Matsushima Okugorō, Headman of the Prisoners
Nakamura Karoku
Fujioka Tōjūrō
Nakamura Baigyoku

This is a 'sewamono' play, a work portraying in a realistic way the lives of ordinary people in the Edo period. Written by Kawatake Mokuami, this play caused a sensation in its day for its realistic depiction of an Edo period jail. The plot is loosely based on a true incident: two men, one a masterless samurai, and the other a seasoned thief, break into the shogunate treasury and steal the immense sum of four thousand gold coins. Though the samurai tries to use the money to start a loan business and lead a normal life, the other wastes his share gambling. He finally resorts to extorting money from his former partner. The enormity of their crime makes it impossible to keep it secret and they are soon caught.