November at the Kabukiza Theatre
Daily: Nov 1 (Mon) - Nov 26 (Fri), 2021
Part 1: 11:00 AM
Part 2: 2:30 PM
Part 3: 6:00 PM
*No performances on the 8th (Mon) and the 18th (Thu).
*Reserved seats for Part 1 and Part 2 are sold out on the 12th (Fri).
*The theatre will open 40 minutes before the performance starts.
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On sale: from Oct 14 (Thu), 2021 10:00AM(JST)
Box Seat: 16,000 /First Class Seat: 15,000 /Second Class Seat: 11,000 /Upper Tier A : 5,000 /Upper Tier B : 3,000
Unit: Japanese Yen (tax included)
*Children over the age of 4 must purchase tickets to enter.
*Single Act Seats are not for sale.
*One section of the auditorium will be sold in two-seat blocks, with every third seat vacant.
*Tea will not be offered at the Box Seats. Please refrain from eating at seats as well.
Kabukiza Theatre (at TOKYO) Theatre Information
The custom of staging the annual ‘Kaomise’ performances has continued since the 17th century.
They were held every year to show to the public all the actors contracted to perform at a particular theatre during the following twelve months.
It is now a production by top-rated actors, and has become an event that is particularly associated with the autumn season in people’s minds.
In Part 1 you can see a dance drama which was a big hit at the Eirakukan Theatre, together with a serious historical play. In Part 2, a festive play staged in honor of a great actor and a powerful lion dance based on the Shakkyō legend will be performed, while in Part 3, you can enjoy a story based on ‘The Treasury of Loyal Retainers’.
['Storks, the Divine Birds']
- The kyōgen actor Ukon, in reality a male stork/
Yamanaka Shikanosuke Yukimori
- The kyōgen actor Sakon, in reality a female stork
- Nakamura Kazutarō
- Nikki Nyūdō
- Nakamura Tanenosuke
- Kashiwagi, a courtesan
- Kamimura Kichiya
- Akamatsu Mitsusuke
- Nakamura Tōzō
This is a new dance drama first performed at the Eirakukan Theatre in Hyōgo prefecture in 2014, which portrays the stork, the divine bird of Tajima Province. It was revived at the Eirakukan again in 2018 and is being performed for the first time at the Kabukiza Theatre this month. It is set in the Muromachi period. Akamatsu Mitsusuke, the military governor turned daimyō who is based in Harima Province, has become more and more powerful. So much so that, at a single nod from him, the shōgun Ashikaga Yoshinori was assassinated. A banquet is about to be held in front of the Izushi Shrine and prayers that Mitsusuke will control the world take place. A stork, which is believed to be a messenger of the gods, is held in a big bird cage. Mitsusuke's retainers have dedicated it to him because legend says that eating its meat will bring longevity. As they surround the bird cage to kill and cook it, it becomes pitch-dark and two kyōgen performers appear. They perform a dance in Mitsusuke's presence, but when they approach the bird cage ....
Intermission: 20 minutes
['Chief Minister Ii']
- Ii Naosuke
- Matsumoto Hakuō
- Sen'ei Zenji, a Zen priest
- Nakamura Karoku
- Kumonoi, a senior lady-in-waiting
- Ichikawa Komazō
- Oshizu no kata
- Nakamura Kaishun
This is a so-called 'New Kabuki' play written by Hōjō Hideji. Ii Naosuke was the chief councilor of the Tokugawa shogunate in 1860 when the United States and other countries insisted that Japan open its doors. Naosuke concluded a treaty with the United States and planned to end Japan's isolation. In response, the Shogunate punished many opposition groups, including those who favored the restoration of imperial power. Naosuke received criticism for this from the imperial loyalists and... This modern play features the last day before the assassination as Naosuke senses that his end is near. The deaths of an old friend and his newborn daughter make Naosuke and his mistress Oshizu think back to simpler times before he was burdened by such responsibilities.
KOTOBUKI SOGA NO TAIMEN
['The Auspicious Confrontation of the Soga Brothers']
- Kudō Saemon Suketsune
- Onoe Kikugorō
- Soga no Gorō Tokimune
- Bandō Minosuke
- Soga no Jūrō Sukenari
- Nakamura Tokizō
- Kobayashi no Asahina
- Onoe Shōroku
- Yawata no Saburō
- Bandō Hikosaburō
- Kajiwara Heiji Kagetaka
- Bandō Kamezō
- Kewaizaka no Shōshō
- Nakamura Baishi
- Hatano no Shirō
- Nakamura Mantarō
- Ōmi no Kotōda
- Kawarasaki Gonjūrō
- Kajiwara Heizō Kagetoki
- Ichikawa Danzō
- Ōiso no Tora
- Nakamura Jakuemon
- Oniō Shinzaemon
- Ichikawa Sadanji
This scene is one act of a history play based on the legend of the Soga brothers' vendetta. In the Edo period, plays about the vendetta carried out by the Soga brothers, Gorō and Jūrō, were performed at times of celebration. 'Soga no Taimen', in which the brothers meet their nemesis, has its roots in the earliest of these plays. This play has ceremonial aspects and features each of the important kabuki character types, including the bombastic 'aragoto' style of Gorō and the soft 'wagoto' style of Jūrō.
Intermission: 20 minutes
['Parent and Child Lion Dance']
- The actor Ukon, later, the spirit of the parent lion
- Kataoka Nizaemon
- The actor Sakon, later, the spirit of the lion cub
- Kataoka Sennosuke
- Sennen, a priest of the Pure Land Sect
- Ichikawa Monnosuke
- Nichimon, a priest of the Nichiren Sect
- Nakamura Matagorō
A dance adapted from a tale featuring the legendary 'shishi', a mythical lion-like beast. It is based on the idea that a 'shishi' will push its cubs over a steep cliff as a test of their strength, only nurturing those cubs strong enough to climb up by themselves. Two entertainers dance the tale of the legendary 'shishi' that live at the foot of a holy Buddhist mountain. The dance portrays a parent 'shishi' forcing its cub to undergo harsh training in order to grow up strong. In the finale, the 'shishi' themselves appear and perform their dance with the wild shaking of their long manes.
6:00 PM - 7:22 PM
(Intermission: 20 minutes)
7:42 PM - 8:22 PM
HANAKURABE GISHI NO KAOMISE
['Loyal Retainers in All-star Casts Competing in Pomp']
- Lady Kaoyo, later Yōzen'in/Ōwashi Bungo
- Onoe Ukon
- Kō no Moronō/Toda no Tsubone/Kawakumo Shōryūtei
- Ichikawa Ennosuke
- Ōboshi Yuranosuke
- Nakamura Kashō
- Momonoi Wakasanosuke/Shimizu Daigaku
- Matsumoto Kōshirō
- Ashikaga Tadayoshi/Osono
- Bandō Shingo
- En'ya Hangan/Tsuchiya Chikara
- Nakamura Hayato
- Tatsuta Shinzaemon
- Ōtani Hirotarō
- Nakamura Yonekichi
The feudal lords En'ya Hangan and Momonoi Wakasanosuke are entertaining the shogun's brother, Ashikaga Tadayoshi, at the Tsurugaoka Hachimangū Shrine in Kamakura. En'ya Hangan's wife, Lady Kaoyo, has also been summoned to attend so that she can identify a group of helmets. Later, when Kō no Moronō, the steward to Ashikaga clan, forces his attentions on Lady Kaoyo, Wakasanosuke helps her escape from Moronō. This angers Moronō, who insults Wakasanosuke so harshly that the latter is unable to bear it and unsheathes his sword …. In fact, this is what Wakasanosuke sees in a dream. In reality, Moronō insulted En'ya Hangan who slashed at him with his sword and was then ordered to commit ritual suicide. A year has passed since then. Old retainers of En'ya Hangan, Ōboshi Yuranosuke and others, have lived separately, but the time has come for them to attack Moronō's mansion to avenge their lord’s death …. This play features highlights from the famous work, “Kanadehon Chūshingura”, but with new direction which enables the story to proceed at a faster pace.