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September at the Kabukiza Theatre

Daily: Sep 02 (Thu) - Sep 27 (Mon), 2021

Part 1: 11:00 AM

Part 2: 2:10 PM

Part 3: 6:00 PM

*No performances on the 9th (Thu) and the 21st (Tue).
*The theatre will open 40 minutes before the performance starts.

[Important Notice]
Part 2: Sep 2 (Thu) - 6 (Mon) performances CANCELLED
Part 2 performances will resume from Sep 7 (Tue)

●(Updated)Notification of the resumption and cast replacements for the Part 2 September performances at the Kabukiza Theatre(Sep 14)

●Notification of the theatre operations for the September performances(Sep 11)

●Notification of the cancellation of September 2nd - 6th (Part 2) performances(Aug 31)

●Notification of the theatre operations for the August and September performances(Aug 19)

●Notice about the Kabukiza Theatre's operations from 2021
●Precautionary Measures at the Kabukiza Theatre

Time Schedule

On sale: from Aug 14 (Sat), 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

In Part 1 you will see a 'New Kabuki' play and a dance, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the death of the great actor Nakamura Utaemon VI and the 10th anniversary of that of Nakamura Shikan VII. The leading parts in these works were among those actor’s most successful roles. In Part 2 you will see a famous history play accompanied by Gidayū music portraying the feelings of a family separated in battle, and a dance in which you can enjoy a fight scene adopting a style unique to kabuki. In Part 3 you can see a famous Japanese ghost story by Tsuruya Nanboku, featuring two of kabuki’s most popular actors, Kataoka Nizaemon and Bandō Tamasaburō.

Performance Time: 11:00 AM - 12:05 PM


['A Souvenir from Edo']

Nakamura Shikan
Nakamura Kankurō
Bandō Eishi
Nakamura Shichinosuke
An elder lion dancer of Kakubē Jishi
Nakamura Fukunosuke
A junior lion dancer of Kakubē Jishi
Nakamura Utanosuke
A female servant
Nakamura Tamatarō
Ochō, a maidservant
Nakamura Baika
Nakamura Kangyoku
Rokusaburō, the head of a firefighting brigade
Nakamura Matsue
Tokiwazu Mojifuku
Nakamura Fukusuke
Tokiwazu Mojitatsu
Nakamura Tōzō

This 'New Kabuki' play is a light-hearted comedy portraying a fanciful episode from the life of commoners in the Edo period. Two women who travel annually to Edo to sell the cloth that they weave encounter a young couple. Moved by the spirit of romance, Otsuji spends all the money that she has made for a once-in-a-lifetime meeting with a fabulously handsome kabuki actor...

Intermission: 15 minutes

Performance Time: 12:20 PM - 12:46 PM

Yukihira Nagori no Maki

['Suma Sketches' commonly called 'Yukihira's Departure']

Ariwara no Yukihira
Nakamura Baigyoku
Murasame, a woman diver
Nakamura Kotarō
Matsukaze, a woman diver
Nakamura Kaishun

A dance drama adapted from the Nō play 'Matsukaze.'
The aristocrat Ariwara no Yukihira has been exiled to the Bay of Suma where he now lives in the company of two sisters who are divers and with whom he has fallen in love. Today, too, they come to comfort him. In fact, his crime has now been pardoned and the time is drawing near when he is to return to the capital, but he has not bid farewell to them yet ...

Performance Time: 2:10 PM - 4:05 PM

Moritsuna Jin'ya

['Moritsuna's Battle Camp' from 'The Genji Vanguard in Ōmi Province']

Sasaki Moritsuna
Matsumoto Kōshirō
Kagaribi, Takatsuna's wife
Nakamura Jakuemon
Wada Byōe Hidemori
Nakamura Kinnosuke
Hayase, Moritsuna's wife
Nakamura Yonekichi
Shigaraki Tarō
Nakamura Hayato
Koshirō, Takatsuna's son
Onoe Ushinosuke
Kosaburō, Moritsuna's son
Bandō Kamesaburō
Takenoshita no Magohachi
Ōtani Hirotarō
Ibuki no Tōta
Nakamura Kashō
Hōjō Tokimasa
Nakamura Matagorō
Mimyō, Moritsuna's mother
Nakamura Karoku

This is a 'jidaimono' history play set in the Kamakura Period (1185-1333). War has broken out between Minamoto no Yoriie in Kyoto and Hōjō Tokimasa in Kamakura. The Sasaki brothers Moritsuna and Takatsuna fight on opposite sides. Takatsuna's son Koshirō is captured and held prisoner by Moritsuna. When a general from Takatsuna's side comes to ask for the boy's return, Moritsuna worries that his brother's love for his son will cause him shame. Soon, the news of Takatsuna's death is reported and Tokimasa arrives with Takatsuna's head. Moritsuna is ordered to verify that the head is really that of his brother. Before Moritsuna has completely lifted the lid of the head box, Koshirō runs out and commits ritual suicide, saying he will follow his father to the grave. However, looking at the head, Moritsuna sees that it is not Takatsuna. This is all a ruse to fool the enemy. Impressed by Koshirō's brave sacrifice, Moritsuna declares falsely in Tokimasa's presence that the head is indeed that of Takatsuna.

Intermission: 15 minutes

Performance Time: 4:20 PM - 4:35 PM


['The Female Dandy' ]

Kizaki no Omitsu
Nakamura Tokizō
Nakanoshima Naruhei, a chivalrous man
Nakamura Mantarō
Yodogawa no Senzō, a chivalrous man
Nakamura Tanenosuke

A strong and spirited woman comes to the city pleasure quarters and fights with a group of ruffian men. Though her actions are rather masculine on the outside, she also displays a delicate sense of femininity as well. The group fight at the end is a spectacular finale.

Performance Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
(Intermission: 20 minutes)
7:50 PM - 8:10 PM


['The Ghosts of Yotsuya’]

Bandō Tamasaburō
Naosuke Gonbē
Onoe Shōroku
Kobotoke Kohei/Satō Yomoshichi
Nakamura Hashinosuke
Kataoka Sennosuke
Omaki, Oume's wet-nurse
Nakamura Kamenojō
Oyumi, a widow
Ichimura Manjirō
Tamiya Iemon
Kataoka Nizaemon

This is a masterpiece by Tsuruya Nanboku vividly depicting people at the mercy of karma. Tamiya Iemon is a masterless samurai of the En’ya clan. Bearing a grudge against his father-in-law Yotsuya Samon for taking his wife Oiwa back home, he kills him. Meanwhile, Naosuke Gonbē, whose love for Oiwa’s sister Osode is unrequited, kills a man who seems to be Osode’s fiancé Satō Yomoshichi. The sisters, who do not know the real culprits, are deceived by Iemon and Naosuke who promise to avenge their dearests’ death. Oiwa is doing badly after childbirth, but Iemon is cold towards her. Taking medicine from her neighbour Itō, Oiwa thanks him, but her suffering increases. In fact, it is a poison that Itō Kihē sent her, because he plots to bring about the love marriage of his granddaughter Oume with Iemon. Iemon betrays Oiwa and consents to marry Oume. Oiwa is disfigured and finally expires, swearing to avenge herself upon them ...