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August at the Kabukiza Theatre

August at the Kabukiza Theatre

Daily: Aug 9 (Thu) - Aug 27 (Mon), 2018

Part1: 11:00 AM

Part2: 3:00 PM

Part3: 6:00 PM

On sale: from Jul 12 (Thu), 2018 10:00AM(JST)

Box Seat: 17,000 / First Class: 15,000 / Second Class: 11,000 / Upper Tier A: 5,000 / Upper Tier B: 3,000
Unit: Japanese Yen (tax included)

Kabukiza Theatre (at TOKYO) Theatre Information

The year 2018 is the 130th year since the opening of the Kabukiza Theatre.
This month’s performances are divided into three parts and feature some of the most talented stars in kabuki today.
In Part 1, you can see a story about the self-sacrifice of a prostitute, an energetic dance and a new production adapted from a ‘rakugo’ comic story. In Part 2, you can see the third work in a series of popular plays first staged in 2016 and a dance featuring a large group of actors. Finally, in Part 3, you can enjoy the full-length performance of a masterpiece by Tsuruya Nanboku IV.
Compared to most other kabuki programs, the length of each part is shorter and the ticket prices are very reasonable. These programs are perfect for tourists and customers who have never seen kabuki before.

OIRANSŌ

[ The Tragic Love between Ochō and Kōtarō ]

CAST :
Ochō
Nakamura Senjaku
Kōtarō
Nakamura Shidō
Oyae, the concubine of a theatre proprietor
Ichikawa Komazō
Kōkichi, a customer
Nakamura Matsue
Omatsu, Yonenosuke's wife
Nakamura Baishi
Oito
Bandō Shingo
Heisuke, a customer
Nakamura Toranosuke
The wife of the owner of a small restaurant
Nakamura Baika
Otomatsu, a customer
Nakamura Kichinojō
The owner of a small restaurant
Kataoka Matsunosuke
Gohē, the owner of a Daruma doll shop
Kataoka Ichizō
Oei, the proprietress of Kikuoka
Ichimura Manjirō
Kanzaemon, the theatre proprietor
Bandō Yajūrō
Yonenosuke, a farmer
Matsumoto Kōshirō
STORY :

This is a modern play by Hōjō Hideji.
It portrays an apprentice kabuki-actor and a low-grade prostitute from the Yoshiwara Pleasure Quarters who happen to meet after escaping the massive earthquake. Now that they are both refugees, they go to the countryside and begin living together. A year passes, and despite the fact that they have fallen in love with each other, the prostitute, Ochō, does not dare to marry the young man, Kōtarō, for she once killed a man out of jealousy. But Ochō knows that the young man, Kōtarō, will not leave her and so she agrees to return to Edo with him so that he can pursue his career as an actor.
Six years later, while Kōtarō has become a great success, Ochō has left him to go back to the country. When Kōtarō makes a tour of the provinces he searches for Ochō, but never notices the lone figure of a woman weeping on her own.

RYŪKO

[ The Eternal Struggle between the Dragon and the Tiger ]

CAST :
A dragon
Matsumoto Kōshirō
A tiger
Ichikawa Somegorō
STORY :

This is a modern dance piece first performed as kabuki in 1953. It takes as its theme the unending fight between the dragon, the greatest power in the sky, and the tiger, the greatest power on land.

SHINJŪ TSUKIYO NO HOSHINOYA

[ The Love Suicides of Hoshinoya ]

CAST :
Otaka
Nakamura Shichinosuke
Hoshinoya Teruzō
Ichikawa Chūsha
Tōsuke
Kataoka Kamezō
Okuma, Otaka's mother
Nakamura Shidō
STORY :

This is a newly written play adapted from a Rakugo story.
Teruzō has lost his money in a speculative venture. He and his concubine Otaka promise to commit 'shinjū', 'lovers' double suicide', but when the time comes he alone jumps into the river and she returns home as her mother recommended. Later, Tōsuke tells her that Teruzō's ghost appeared warning that he will haunt her. Terrified, she takes the tonsure and becomes a nun, after which Teruzō himself reappears. The double suicide was Teruzō's test of her sincerity.

TŌKAI DŌCHŪ HIZAKURIGE

[ Yajirobē and Kitahachi on the Tōkaidō Highway ]

CAST :
Kitahachi
Ichikawa Ennosuke
Itsuki Bontarō
Ichikawa Somegorō
Godai Masanosuke
Ichikawa Danko
Yajirobē
Matsumoto Kōshirō 



Nakamura Shidō

Nakamura Shichinosuke

Ichikawa Chūsha

Ichikawa Udanji

Ichimura Takematsu

Ichikawa Ukon

Ichikawa Kōtarō

Ichikawa Juen

Ichikawa Monnosuke

and others
STORY :

'Tōkai Dōchū Hizakurige', also known as 'Yaji-Kita' after its two main protagonists Yajirobē and Kitahachi, is a famous comic novel written in the Edo period. It has often been adapted as kabuki and has always been a popular and humorous story reflecting the contemporary topics of the age. This is the third work in a series of popular plays first staged in 2016.
Many incidents happened to them along the great Tōkaidō Highway as they were heading from Edo city to the Ise Shrine. Once, Yaji and Kita were blown all the way to Las Vegas by a whale. Somehow, they got back to Edo city and then worked as black-robed stagehands at the Kabukiza. There they even solved a murder case in the theatre, but they blundered onto the stage again and again and, as ever, were scolded.
Now, once more, they set off on a journey through Japan for the Ise Shrine, but what will happen to them this time?!

AMAGOI KIKAKU

[ Kikaku prays for Rain ]

CAST :
Kikaku
Nakamura Senjaku
A boatman
Nakamura Kashō
A boatman
Nakamura Toranosuke
A geisha
Bandō Shingo
A geisha
Ōtani Hiromatsu
Kikaku's pupil
Nakamura Hashinosuke
Kikaku's pupil
Ichikawa Otora
Kikaku's pupil
Nakamura Fukunosuke
Kikaku's pupil
Nakamura Takanosuke
Kikaku's pupil
Nakamura Sennosuke
Kikaku's pupil
Nakamura Tamatarō
Kikaku's pupil
Nakamura Utanosuke
Kikaku's pupil
Nakamura Tsurumatsu
A wealthy man
Bandō Yajūrō
STORY :

This dance is based on an episode from the 17th century.
The celebrated poet Kikaku holds a poetry meeting with his pupils on a boat. He composes a poem praying for rain for the farmers who are now suffering from a drought. Heavy rain falls at once and the farmers dance for joy.

KAMIKAKETE SANGO TAISETSU

[ Koman and Gengobē ]

CAST :
Satsuma Gengobē
Matsumoto Kōshirō
Koman, a geisha
Nakamura Shichinosuke
Kurimawashi no Yasuke, a landlord
Ichikawa Chūsha
Gohē, a ruffian
Ichikawa Omezō
Uchibin Torazō
Ōtani Hirotarō
Kikuno, a geisha
Nakamura Yonekichi
Rokushichihachiemon, Gengobē’s footman
Nakamura Hashinosuke
Osaki no Inosuke
Nakamura Kichinojō
Okuro, the foster mother of Sangorō’s child
Nakamura Kamenojō
Ryōshin
Kataoka Matsunosuke
Kōhachi, an employee of the pleasure quarters
Sawamura Sōnosuke
Tominomori Suke’emon
Matsumoto Kingo
Kankurō, a ruffian
Kataoka Kamezō
Sasanoya Sangorō
Nakamura Shidō
STORY :

This is a ‘sewamono’, a category of plays portraying the lives of ordinary people in the Edo period (1603-1868).
Sasanoya Sangorō is married to Koman, but she has become a geisha to enable him to raise the money he needs to help his lord, a man that he has never seen. In the pleasure quarters, the samurai Satsuma Gengobē falls in love with Koman and spends huge sums of money on her, despite the fact that he needs money for the sake of the ‘Chūshingura’ vendetta (better known as the ‘Revenge of the 47 Rōnin’). Finally, Gengobē brings a large sum of money to the pleasure quarters and Sangorō and Koman decide to defraud him of it, which results in a massacre. Ironically, however, Gengobē is none other than the unknown master for whom Sangorō was trying to raise funds.
This story of passion and greed takes place against the background of inexplicable fate and the strict requirements of samurai society, to which it adds ample doses of sardonic humor. A perfect play for our times!