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November Program at the kabukiza

November Program at the Kabukiza Theatre

Daily: Nov 07 (Mon) - Nov 28 (Mon), 2022

Matinee:11:00 AM

Evening Show: 4:00 PM

*No Matinee and Evening Show on the 14th (Mon) and 21st (Mon).
*Reserved seats are sold out on the 26th (Sat) for Matinee, on the12th (Sat) for Evening Show .

[Important Notice]
●Notice about the Kabukiza Theatre’s operations from October 2022
●Precautionary Measures at the Kabukiza Theatre

Absence of Matsumoto Hakuō for the Evening Show of the November performances (Nov 19)

【Performances Announced】The performances for the name succession of Ichikawa Danjūrō XIII, Hakuen and Ichikawa Shinnosuke VIII have been announced.

'The name succession of Ichikawa Danjūrō XIII, Hakuen, and the stage debut of Ichikawa Shinnosuke VIII' at the Kabukiza Theatre in November and December, 2022

Time Schedule

On sale: from Oct 14 (Fri), 2022 10:00AM(JST)

Box Seat: 25,000 /First Class Seat: 23,000 /Second Class Seat: 18,000 /Upper Tier A 8,000 /Upper Tier B : 6,000
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

In November and December of this year, the performances celebrating 'the name succession of Ichikawa Danjūrō XIII, Hakuen and the stage debut of Ichikawa Shinnosuke VIII' will take place. These have been postponed since 2020 on account of the spread of COVID-19. In November, in addition to works from the 'Eighteen Favorite Kabuki Plays' that are associated with the Danjūrō line of actors, you can see a dazzling dance in the Matinee, while in the Evening Show there will also be the formal 'kōjō' stage announcement, in which top-ranking actors celebrate the name succession and make complimentary remarks.

Performance Time: 11:00 AM - 11:38 AM


['In front of the Theatre']

Chief of the fire brigade
Nakamura Baigyoku
Chief of the fire brigade
Nakamura Ganjirō
Chief of the fire brigade
Nakamura Kinnosuke
Kataoka Takatarō
Nakamura Tokizō
The proprietress of the theatre teahouse
Nakamura Fukusuke

It is festival day in the bustling city of Edo, where the proprietress of a theatre teahouse, chiefs of the fire brigade and geisha all turn out and dance happily. This is a dance accompanied by Tokiwazu music, which grandly opens the performances celebrating the name succession of Ichikawa Danjūrō XIII.

Intermission: 35 minutes

Performance Time: 12:13 PM - 12:49 PM


['The Medicine Peddler']

Uirō peddler, in reality, Soga no Gorō
Ichikawa Shinnosuke, making his stage debut
Ōiso no Tora
Nakamura Kaishun
Maizuru, Asahina's younger sister
Nakamura Jakuemon
Kewaizaka no Shōshō
Kataoka Takatarō
Kobayashi no Asahina
Ichikawa Sadanji
Kudō Suketsune
Onoe Kikugorō

Kudō Suketsune, a senior vassal of Minamoto no Yoritomo, was appointed master of the hunt at the foot of Mt. Fuji. Having finished the preparations for the hunt, Suketsune relaxes at the Ōiso pleasure quarters. An Uirō medicine peddler, a specialty of Odawara, is called in as entertainment at the drinking party. Uirō is a Chinese medicine transmitted to the Uirō family, but this Uirō peddler is, in reality, Soga no Gorō Tokimune who seeks Suketsune's life as his father's murderer... Ichikawa Shinnosuke will try his hand at the famous tongue-twisting dialogue as the Uirō peddler, relating the medicine's origins and explaining its efficacy in a fluent speech.

Intermission: 30 minutes

Performance Time: 1:19 PM - 2:32 PM


['The Subscription Scroll']

Musashibō Benkei
Ichikawa Danjūrō XIII, changing his name from Ichikawa Ebizō XI
Minamoto no Yoshitsune
Ichikawa Ennosuke
Togashi no Saemon
Matsumoto Kōshirō

Disguised as traveling priests, the fugitive general Yoshitsune and his band of retainers are stopped at a road barrier. The head retainer Benkei claims they are soliciting contributions for the rebuilding of a temple, but the barrier guard Togashi insists that, if so, they must have the temple's book of solicitation. Benkei elaborately improvises the text with an empty scroll. When one-soldier points out that one of the group resembles Yoshitsune, Benkei is forced to strike Yoshitsune with his staff. Togashi is convinced that they are the fugitives but, sympathizing with Benkei's loyalty, he tells them to proceed on their way.

Performance Time: 4:00 PM - 4:28 PM


['The Arrowhead']

Soga no Gorō
Matsumoto Kōshirō

This play is one of the great classics of the bombastic 'aragoto' style of acting. It shows the Soga brothers, Gorō and Jūrō, who suffer in poverty for eighteen years until they can avenge the death of their father. This play combines the antics of the super-strong Gorō with the comic, urbane and witty atmosphere of the kabuki of the Genroku Era. Gorō is sharpening a gigantic arrow when, in a dream, he is alerted to the fact that his brother is in danger. He explodes in a burst of energy and rushes to save him.

Intermission: 20 minutes

Performance Time: 4:48 PM - 5:11 PM

Shūmei Hirō KŌJŌ

['Stage Announcement Commemorating the Name Succession']


Ichikawa Danjūrō XIII, changing his name from Ichikawa Ebizō XI
Ichikawa Shinnosuke VIII, making his stage debut
Matsumoto Hakuō

And other top-ranking actors are present


The actors will appear as themselves to make a stage announcement to commemorate the name succession.

Intermission: 35 minutes

Performance Time: 5:46 PM - 7:50 PM


['Sukeroku, the Flower of Edo']

Hanakawado no Sukeroku
Ichikawa Danjūrō XIII, changing his name
from Ichikawa Ebizō XI
Agemaki, a great courtesan of the Miuraya
Onoe Kikunosuke
Hige no Ikyū
Onoe Shōroku
Shiratama, a courtesan of the Miuraya
Nakamura Baishi (7th – 20th)
Bandō Tamasaburō (22nd – 28th)
Asagao Senpei
Nakamura Matagorō
Fukuyama Katsugi
Ichikawa Shinnosuke VIII, making his stage debut
Rigyō, a man-about-town
Nakamura Ganjirō
Wife of the Miuraya's proprietor
Nakamura Tōzō
Soga no Mankō, Sukeroku’s mother
Nakamura Kaishun
Shinbē, Sukeroku's elder brother
Nakamura Baigyoku
Kanpera Monbē
Kataoka Nizaemon
Matsumoto Kōshirō

This is a play filled with the leisurely atmosphere of old-style kabuki in its mixture of comedy and romance. 'Sukeroku' is a great showpiece for the top stars in kabuki. The dandy Sukeroku is the most famous patron of the Yoshiwara pleasure quarters, but his reputation as the lover of the highest-ranking courtesan Agemaki is matched by his argumentative nature and his tendency to pick fights. In fact, Sukeroku is the samurai Soga no Gorō in disguise and he uses the fights as an excuse to search for a lost heirloom sword. His quest takes place amidst of the colorful spectacle that is the Yoshiwara, where the processions of beautiful courtesans compete with the splendor of cherry blossoms in full bloom.