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September Program at the Kabukiza Theatre

Daily: Sep 04 (Sun) - Sep 27 (Tue), 2022

Part 1: 11:00 AM

Part 2: 2:40 PM

Part 3: 5:45 PM

*No performances on the 12th (Mon) and 21st (Wed).
*Reserved seats for Part 1 are sold out on the 8th (Thu), 9th (Fri), 13th (Tue), 14th (Wed) and 15th (Thu).

[Important Notice]
●Notice about the Kabukiza Theatre's auditorium seats from August 2022
●Precautionary Measures at the Kabukiza Theatre from 2022

Time Schedule

On sale: from Aug 14 (Sun), 2022 10:00AM(JST)

Box Seat: 17,000 /First Class Seat: 16,000 /Second Class Seat: 12,000 /Upper Tier A: 5,500 /Upper Tier B: 3,500
Unit: Japanese Yen (tax included)
*Children over the age of 4 must purchase tickets to enter.

*Single Act Seats are not for sale.
*Tea will not be offered at the Box Seats. Please refrain from eating at seats as well.

Kabukiza Theatre (at TOKYO) Theatre Information

This month's program is titled 'Shūzan-sai' (the Shūzan Festival). Shūzan was the pen name of Nakamura Kichiemon I, and to honor his outstanding artistry and talent as well as to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of his adopted son Nakamura Kichiemon II, it will be held for the first time in 3 years. Historical plays, domestic plays and dance plays that include those actors' most successful roles will be performed, which will be enacted by the actors associated with them.

Performance Time: 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM


[ 'Strange Rumour of the Himeji Castle' ]

Miyamoto Musashi
Nakamura Karoku
Honda Heihachirō Tadatoki
Nakamura Matagorō
The spirit of Toyotomi Hideyori
Nakamura Kankurō
Nakamura Shichinosuke
Shirasagi, a lady-in-waiting
Nakamura Baishi
Meigetsu, a lady-in-waiting
Nakamura Yonekichi
Miyamoto Mikinosuke
Nakamura Mantarō
Tsuzuki Sōzaemon, the chief retainer
Nakamura Kinnosuke
Nakamura Tokizō

Honda Heihachirō Tadatoki plans to hold a moon viewing party for his newly wed wife Senhime. Her ladies-in-waiting prepare for the party in the castle but they are afraid of something. A specter is said to appear every night at the top floor of the castle tower, so Miyamoto Musashi, the greatest swordsman of Japan, is invited this evening to slay the specter. He climbs up to the top floor at night after the party and ...
This play was adapted from the history and legend of Miyamoto Musashi, arranged and directed by Nakamura Kichiemon II, and was first performed in 1999 at Himeji Castle.

Intermission: 30 minutes

Performance Time: 12:15 PM - 1:40 PM


[ 'The Village School' from 'Sugawara's Secrets of Calligraphy' ]

Matsumoto Kōshirō
(on even-numbered days)
Onoe Shōroku
(on odd-numbered days)
Takebe Genzō
Matsumoto Kōshirō
(on odd-numbered days)
Onoe Shōroku
(on even-numbered days)
Nakamura Kotarō
Kan Shūsai
Nakamura Tanetarō
(Kashō's first son, making his stage debut)
Nakamura Hidenosuke
(Kashō's second son, making his stage debut)
Shundō Genba
Nakamura Tanenosuke
Gosaku, a farmer
Bandō Yajūrō
Yodarekuri Yotarō
Nakamura Matagorō
Sono'o no Mae
Nakamura Tōzō
Nakamura Kaishun

Takebe Genzō was Kan Shōjō's most gifted disciple. Kan Shōjō has been exiled and his family are in grave danger. Genzō runs a small school in the country and shelters Kan Shōjō's son and heir, Kan Shūsai, whom they are trying to pass off as their own son. However, word has gotten out that Kan Shūsai is at their school and Genzō has been ordered to behead him. Moreover, the retainer Matsuōmaru who knows Kan Shūsai's face is to come to inspect the head. Genzō's only hope is to kill one of the other students as a substitute. On that day, a new student named Kotarō who has a refined bearing arrives. Genzō takes the terrible decision to kill him in place of his lord's son.

Performance Time: 2:40 PM - 3:59 PM


[ 'Lord Matsuura and the Drum of Chūshingura' ]

Matsuura Shizunobu
Matsumoto Hakuō
Takarai Kikaku
Nakamura Karoku
Nakamura Yonekichi
Satomi Ikunojō
Ichikawa Somegorō
Fuchibe Ichiemon
Ōtani Hirotarō
Hayase Kingo
Matsumoto Kingo
Egawa Bundayū
Ichikawa Komazō
Ukai Sajima
Ōtani Tomoemon
Ōtaka Gengo
Nakamura Baigyoku

This play describes events that took place at the same time as the revenge of the forty-seven loyal retainers that was made famous by the play "Chūshingura". Lord Matsuura is disgusted because the loyal retainers do not seem to be interested in avenging the death of their lord. Moreover, he learns from a haiku teacher that Ōtaka Gengo, one of the retainers, is forgetting his loyalty toward his former lord, which makes Lord Matsuura furious. However, then his haiku teacher shows him the poem that Ōtaka Gengo had left. As Lord Matsuura is thinking over the meaning of the poem, the sound of the drum is heard in the distance, signalling that the attack has begun. Finally, Ōtaka Gengo comes to Lord Matsuura's mansion to report the success of the revenge.

Intermission: 20 minutes

Performance Time: 4:19 PM - 4:59 PM

Kagotsurube Sato no Eizame / Suzugamori / Kumagai Jin'ya / Harimagata Danmari

[ 'Extracts of Plays featuring the Successful Roles of Nakamura Kichiemon II' in 'The Courtesan Yatsuhashi and Sano Jirozaemon', 'The Suzugamori Execution Ground', 'Kumagai's Battle Camp' and 'Danmari on the Tidal Beach of Harima' ]

Sano Jirozaemon / Kumagai Naozane
Matsumoto Kōshirō
Shirai Gonpachi / Minamoto no Yoshitsune
Nakamura Kashō
Jūbē, a draper / Ichijō Ōkura Naganari
Nakamura Tanenosuke
Kokonoe, a courtesan of the Hyōgoya / The lady Suke no Tsubone
Nakamura Kotarō
Taira no Tomomori, New Middle Counsellor
Nakamura Takanosuke
Lady Fuji
Nakamura Kangyoku
Sasaki Moritsuna
Ichikawa Somegorō
Jiroku, Jirozaemon's servant
Nakamura Kichinojō
Banzui'in Chōbē
Nakamura Kinnosuke
Yatsuhashi, a courtesan of the Hyōgoya
Nakamura Fukusuke

This is a play woven together from several of Nakamura Kichiemon II's most successful roles: Sano Jirozaemon in 'The Courtesan Yatsuhashi and Sano Jirozaemon', in which a courtesans' parade in the Yoshiwara Pleasure Quarters where cherry blossoms are in full bloom is truly spectacular, Banzui'in Chōbē in 'The Suzugamori Execution Ground', a stylized masterpiece by Tsuruya Nanboku, as well as Kumagai Naozane in the tragic history play 'Kumagai's Battle Camp' in which the theme of transience in a world torn apart by war is very moving. Lastly, members of the Genji and Heike military clans appear at the tidal beach of Harima, fighting over the red flag of a swallowtail butterfly in 'Danmari on the Tidal Beach of Harima'.

Performance Time: 5:45 PM - 7:20 PM

Gion Ichirikijaya

[ 'The Ichiriki Teahouse in Gion' from 'The Treasury of Loyal Retainers' ]

Ōboshi Yuranosuke
Kataoka Nizaemon
Teraoka Heiemon
Ichikawa Ebizō
Ōboshi Rikiya
Kataoka Sennosuke
Okaru, a courtesan
Nakamura Jakuemon

'Chūshingura' is one of the most popular plays in the repertoire. It is adapted from a historical incident in which forty-seven masterless samurai avenged the death of their lord, Asano Takuminokami (in this play, called En'ya Hangan) by killing his enemy. Yuranosuke spends his days and nights in the Pleasure Quarters of Kyōto in an effort to make their lord's enemy believe he has given up any thought of a vendetta. One night, he notices Okaru, a courtesan at the Ichiriki Teahouse, reading a secret letter that was sent to Yuranosuke, and which indicates his true intentions, so he thinks he must kill her. However, she is related to the En'ya household....

Intermission: 30 minutes

Performance Time: 7:50 PM - 8:48 PM

Noboru Ryū Wakare no Setouchi

[ 'Fujito' ]

Fujinami, fisherman's mother / Evil Dragon at Fujito
Onoe Kikunosuke
Isoshichi, a man at the beach
Nakamura Tanenosuke
Oshiho, a woman at the beach
Nakamura Yonekichi
Kazukichi, a child at the beach
Onoe Ushinosuke
Kobayashi Saburō, Moritsuna's retainer
Nakamura Kichinojō
Wahi Hachirō, Moritsuna's retainer
Bandō Kamezō
Nagai Kagetada, Moritsuna's retainer
Bandō Hikosaburō
Sasaki Saburōbyōe Moritsuna
Nakamura Matagorō

Sasaki Moritsuna has arrived in Bizen Province as the new lord after the war between the Genji and the Heike clan. A year ago, he had heartlessly killed a fisherman who told him where he could get across the shoal to the enemy's camp. The fisherman's mother Fujinami appears and demands in tears that Moritsuna give her son back to her. Moritsuna apologizes sincerely for his unjust action and holds a memorial service for her son to appease his spirit. However, the spirit's grudge turns it into an evil dragon, which shows up in front of Moritsuna.