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December at the Kabukiza Theatre

December at the Kabukiza Theatre

Daily: Dec 2 (Sun) - Dec 26 (Wed), 2018


Matinee:
11:00 AM

Evening Show (Program A) : 4:30 PM

Evening Show (Program B) : 4:30 PM

Schedule

On sale: from Nov 12 (Mon), 2018 10:00AM(JST)

Box Seat: 20,000 / First Class: 18,000 / Second Class: 14,000 / Upper Tier A: 6,000 / Upper Tier B: 4,000
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, the leading ‘onnagata’ (female role specialist), Bandō Tamasaburō performs one of his most successful roles, Akoya. Two younger actors will also alternate in playing the role of Akoya on some days.
Tamasaburō also stars in a brand-new dance. In addition, the most talented young stars appear in a comic play filled with laughter and tears, plus a love story in which one actor performs seven roles, quick-changing from one to the other with amazing speed, a new kabuki play featuring only two actors, and a dance.

KŌSUKE MOCHI

['Kōsuke's Rice Cakes']

CAST :
Daikokuya Kōsuke
Onoe Matsuya
Heibē, the accountant of the Mitsuōgiya
Nakamura Mantarō
Osode, Kōsuke's younger sister
Nakamura Kotarō
Ikazuchi Gorokichi, a sumo wrestler
Ichikawa Chūsha
STORY :

This comedy is based on a classic of Kansai-style Rakugo comic storytelling. The play focuses on Kōsuke, the proprietor of a rice cake shop. After he wastes his money on a famous sumo wrestler named Ikazuchi, he is forced to sell his sister into prostitution to make back the sum. But when he encounters Ikazuchi again, he gives him the money that he made with such difficulty once more. Despite Kōsuke begging him for it, Ikazuchi refuses to return the money...

OSOME HISAMATSU UKINA NO YOMIURI
Osome no Nanayaku

['The Love Story of Osome and Hisamatsu', commonly known as 'The Seven Roles of Osome']

CAST :
Osome, the daughter of a pawnbroker
Hisamatsu, an apprentice at Osome's pawnshop
Omitsu, Hisamatsu's fiancée
Takekawa, Hisamatsu's sister and a lady-in-waiting
Koito, a geisha
Dote no Oroku
Teishō, Osome's mother-in-law






Nakamura Kazutarō

Iosaki no Kyūsaku
Ichikawa Chūsha
Chōkichi, a boatman
Onoe Matsuya
Osaku, a female monkey trainer
Nakamura Baishi
Yamagaya Seibē
Bandō Hikosaburō
Kimon no Kihē
Onoe Shōroku
STORY :

The story of the love suicides of Osome, the daughter of a wealthy merchant, and Hisamatsu, a handsome young apprentice in her family's shop, is one of the most popular stories in kabuki and was dramatized countless times. In 1813, Tsuruya Nanboku IV (1755-1829) wrote this version as a showpiece for an 'onnagata', a specialist in female roles. One actor plays seven of the major roles in the play, including Osome, Hisamatsu, Omitsu, Takekawa, Koito, Teishō and Oroku. This actor performs all seven roles by quick-changing from one to the next, and one of these changes is the fastest in all kabuki.

DAN NO URA KABUTO GUNKI
Akoya

['Akoya' from 'The War Chronicles at Dannoura']

CAST :
Akoya, a courtesan
Bandō Tamasaburō
Chichibu no Shōji Shigetada
Bandō Hikosaburō
Hanzawa Rokurō
Bandō Kamezō
Iwanaga Saemon
Onoe Shōroku
STORY :

The courtesan Akoya is the lover of the fugitive general Kagekiyo. She has been captured and is tortured by the wise Shigetada and the humorous villain Iwanaga in order to find out Kagekiyo's whereabouts, which she claims not to know. Shigetada forces Akoya to play three instruments since the slightest disturbance in the sound would indicate that she is lying. This is a showpiece for an 'onnagata' who must actually play the koto, the bowed kokyū, and the shamisen flawlessly as part of the drama.

ANMA TO DOROBŌ

['A Masseur and a Thief']

CAST :
Gontarō, a thief
Onoe Shōroku
Hidenoichi, a masseur
Ichikawa Chūsha
STORY :

This modern play by Murakami Genzō was first broadcast as a radio drama and was then made into play in 1966. The thief Gontarō breaks into the house of a blind masseur Hidenoichi one night. Gontarō urges Hidenoichi to give up his money, but Hidenoichi insists that he does not have much. Gontarō tells the story of his life and of how he became a thief. Hidenoichi advises him to be more prudent. Hidenoichi weeps and says that he doesn't even have enough money to buy a Buddhist altar for his deceased wife. Hearing this, Gontarō feels sorry for him and gives him some cash. But, in fact, ...

NININ FUJI MUSUME

['Two Wisteria Maidens']

CAST :
Spirit of the wisteria
Nakamura Baishi
Spirit of the wisteria
Nakamura Kotarō
STORY :

The spirit of the wisteria dances in the form of two beautiful young maidens who describe a woman's love. This is one of kabuki's most famous and colorful dances. In this special version, two young 'onnagata' stars will perform instead of the usual one.

DAN NO URA KABUTO GUNKI
Akoya

[‘Akoya’ from ‘The War Chronicles at Dannoura’]

CAST :
Akoya, a courtesan
Nakamura Baishi
(the 4th, 8th, 12th, 16th, 22nd and the 25th)
Akoya, a courtesan
Nakamura Kotarō
(the 5th, 9th, 15th, 19th and the 23rd)
Chichibu no Shōji Shigetada
Bandō Hikosaburō
Hanzawa Rokurō
Bandō Kamezō
Iwanaga Saemon
Bandō Tamasaburō
STORY :

The courtesan Akoya is the lover of the fugitive general Kagekiyo. She has been captured and is tortured by the wise Shigetada and the humorous villain Iwanaga in order to find out Kagekiyo’s whereabouts, which she claims not to know. Shigetada forces Akoya to play three instruments since the slightest disturbance in the sound would indicate that she is lying. This is a showpiece for an ‘onnagata’ who must actually play the koto, the bowed kokyū, and the shamisen flawlessly as part of the drama.

ANMA TO DOROBŌ

[‘A Masseur and a Thief’]

CAST :
Gontarō, a thief
Onoe Shōroku
Hidenoichi, a masseur
Ichikawa Chūsha
STORY :

This modern play by Murakami Genzō was first broadcast as a radio drama and was then made into play in 1966. The thief Gontarō breaks into the house of a blind masseur Hidenoichi one night. Gontarō urges Hidenoichi to give up his money, but Hidenoichi insists that he does not have much. Gontarō tells the story of his life and of how he became a thief. Hidenoichi advises him to be more prudent. Hidenoichi weeps and says that he doesn’t even have enough money to buy a Buddhist altar for his deceased wife. Hearing this, Gontarō feels sorry for him and gives him some cash. But, in fact, …

KEISEI YUKI NO YOSHIIWARA

[‘A Courtesan of the Yoshiwara Pleasure Quarters in the Snow’]

CAST :
Courtesan
Bandō Tamasaburō
STORY :

This is a brand-new dance, the highlight of which is when the beautiful courtesan in her gorgeous costume expresses her love for her beloved, romance in the pleasure quarters, and her poor life story in dance, weaving into that scenes of the four seasons.