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December at the Kabukiza Theatre

December at the Kabukiza Theatre

Daily: Dec 2 (Mon) - Dec 26 (Thu), 2019

Matinee (Program A): 11:00 AM

Matinee (Program B): 11:00 AM

Evening Show: 4:30 PM

Schedule
Time Schedule

On sale: from Nov 12 (Tue), 2019 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)
*Children over the age of 4 must purchase tickets to enter.

Kabukiza Theatre (at TOKYO) Theatre Information

This month’s performances feature the leading ‘onnagata’ (female role specialist), Bandō Tamasaburō and other star actors. In “Akoya” in the Matinee, the heroine Akoya plays three musical instruments in the play. Tamasaburō and two younger actors will alternate in playing this role which is one of the most important for ‘onnagata.’ In addition, a new kabuki play and a dance are also performed in the Matinee. In the Evening Show, there will be a history play with many attractive features and a brand-new kabuki production adapted from Grimms’ fairy tale “Snow White.”

You can see the stage pictures of the program from the news below!
The December program at the Kabukiza Theatre has begun!

TANUKI

['Tanuki, disguiser']

CAST :
Kashiwaya Kinbē
Ichikawa Chūsha
Osome, the mistress
Nakamura Kotarō
Chōsaku, a jester
Bandō Hikosaburō
Sayama Sangorō
Bandō Kamezō
Heisuke, a crematorium worker
Nakamura Mantarō
Okoma, a geisha
Ichikawa Emiya
Matsumuraya Saisuke
Nakamura Matsue
Kadokiya Shinzaburō
Ōtani Keizō
Takichi, a crematorium worker
Kataoka Ichizō
Ohama,
the proprietress of the tea house attached to the theatre

Ichikawa Sainyū
Bingoya Sōemon
Ichimura Kakitsu
Oseki, Kinbē's wife
Ichikawa Monnosuke
STORY :

In Japanese tradition, the tanuki, an animal resembling a raccoon dog, is supposed to be a crafty, magical creature. In this modern play by Osaragi Jirō, human beings are shown to be even more deceitful than tanuki. A man named Kinbē dies and is about to be cremated when he strangely comes back to life. He decides to live with his mistress only to see that she actually has a lover on the side and has been lying to him all the time. Kinbē is disgusted with his family and mistress and decides to change his name and make a new life. But one day, he happens to go by his old house. His young son Umekichi is the only one to recognize him and, moved by Umekichi's sincere love, Kinbē returns home.

MURA NO MATSUKAZE NININ SHIOKUMI

['Two Women scooping up sea water']

CAST :
Murasame
Nakamura Baishi
Matsukaze
Nakamura Kotarō
STORY :

This is the story of a court noble exiled to the seacoast where he falls in love with two fisher women. The women make their living scooping up heavy buckets of sea water to make salt and this has become a famous dance.

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
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.

TANUKI

['Tanuki, disguiser']

CAST :
Kashiwaya Kinbē
Ichikawa Chūsha
Osome, the mistress
Nakamura Kotarō
Chōsaku, a jester
Bandō Hikosaburō
Sayama Sangorō
Bandō Kamezō
Heisuke, a crematorium worker
Nakamura Mantarō
Okoma, a geisha
Ichikawa Emiya
Matsumuraya Saisuke
Nakamura Matsue
Kadokiya Shinzaburō
Ōtani Keizō
Takichi, a crematorium worker
Kataoka Ichizō
Ohama,
the proprietress of the tea house attached to the theatre

Ichikawa Sainyū
Bingoya Sōemon
Ichimura Kakitsu
Oseki, Kinbē's wife
Ichikawa Monnosuke
STORY :

In Japanese tradition, the tanuki, an animal resembling a raccoon dog, is supposed to be a crafty, magical creature. In this modern play by Osaragi Jirō, human beings are shown to be even more deceitful than tanuki. A man named Kinbē dies and is about to be cremated when he strangely comes back to life. He decides to live with his mistress only to see that she actually has a lover on the side and has been lying to him all the time. Kinbē is disgusted with his family and mistress and decides to change his name and make a new life. But one day, he happens to go by his old house. His young son Umekichi is the only one to recognize him and, moved by Umekichi's sincere love, Kinbē returns home.

YASUNA

['Heartbroken Yasuna']

CAST :
Yasuna
Bandō Tamasaburō
STORY :

After the death of his lover, the handsome young Yasuna wanders through the open fields madly searching for his love. The tragedy is a contrast to the beautiful setting, a field of brilliant yellow flowers, while the Kiyomoto music that accompanies it is lush and sensuous.

DAN NO URA KABUTO GUNKI
Akoya

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

CAST :
Akoya, a courtesan
Nakamura Baishi
(the 4th,5th,10th,11th,16th,17th,22nd and the 23rd)
Akoya, a courtesan
Nakamura Kotarō
(the 6th,7th,12th,13th,18th,19th,24th and the 25th)
Iwanaga Saemon
Ichikawa Kudanji
Chichibu no Shōji Shigetada
Bandō Hikosaburō
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.

SHINREI YAGUCHI NO WATASHI

['Miracle at Yaguchi Ferry']

CAST :
Tonbē, a ferryman
Onoe Shōroku
Ofune, Tonbē’s daughter
Nakamura Baishi
Utena, a courtesan
Nakamura Kotarō
Rokuzō, Tonbē’s servant
Nakamura Mantarō
Nitta Yoshimine
Bandō Kamezō
STORY :

This is a history play by Fukuchi Kigai (also known as Hiraga Gennai) who was also a famous scientist and inventor. As the exile Nitta Yoshimine and his lover Utena beg for a night’s lodging at Tonbē’s house, young Ofune falls in love with him at first sight and welcomes them. However, her evil father Tonbē who is the keeper of a river crossing wants to capture the exile in return for a reward. Tonbē stabs Ofune, mistakenly thinking she is Yoshimine. She lets Yoshimine escape and pounds a drum to raise siege of the village. Tonbē tries to pursue Yoshimine, but is shot with an arrow by the spirit of Yoshimine’s brother Yoshioki.

HONCHŌ SHIRAYUKIHIME MONOGATARI

[An Adaptation of Grimms' Fairy Tale ''Snow White'']

CAST :
Snow White
Bandō Tamasaburō
The spirit of the mirror
Nakamura Baishi
Nowaki no mae
Nakamura Kotarō
Prince of Teruhi
Nakamura Utanosuke
Urakaze, a senior lady-in-waiting
Nakamura Kamenojō
Harenoshin, Prince’s footman
Bandō Hikosaburō
Satomura Shingo, Nowaki’s rear vassal
Nakamura Shidō
STORY :

This is a brand-new kabuki play adapted from Grimms’ fairy tale “Snow White.”
Nowaki no mae gives birth to a sweet baby and there are celebrations throughout the mansion. However, Nowaki no mae is cold towards the baby Snow White for she suspects that her own beauty is declining. She inquires of the mirror who is the most beautiful. The spirit of the mirror answers ‘She is.’
Sixteen years later, Snow White grows up to be a beautiful princess and Nowaki feels more and more uneasy. The spirit of the mirror finally says that Snow White is more beautiful than Nowaki. Nowaki plays the koto zither with Snow White, but Snow White plays better. Nowaki orders Shingo to kill Snow White, but he is moved by Snow White’s beauty and ….