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July at the Osaka Shochikuza Theatre

July at the Osaka Shochikuza Theatre

Daily: Jul 3 (Tue) - Jul 27 (Fri), 2018

Matinee:11:00 AM

Evening Show: 4:15 PM

On sale: from Jun 5 (Tue), 2018 10:00AM(JST)

First Class: 20,000- / Second Class: 10,000- / Third Class: 6,000-
Unit: Japanese Yen (tax included)

Osaka Shochikuza Theatre (at OSAKA) Theatre Information

This month’s performances commemorate the name succession of the former Matsumoto Kōshirō who has taken the new name Matsumoto Hakuō II, and his son the former Ichikawa Somegorō who has succeeded to the name Matsumoto Kōshirō X. In the Matinee, Matsumoto Hakuō plays one of his most celebrated roles in ‘KŌCHIYAMA’, while his son Matsumoto Kōshirō stars in ‘KANJINCHŌ, one of the specialties of their acting house. In the Evening Show, there will be a stage announcement in which the two actors announce their name succession along with other top-ranking actors, and Kōshirō will star in ‘ONNA GOROSHI ABURA NO JIGOKU’, a play which takes place in Osaka.

KURUWA SANBASŌ

[ Sanbasō in the Pleasure Quarters ]

CAST :
Chitosedayū, a courtesan
Kataoka Takatarō
Matsugae, an apprentice courtesan
Nakamura Kazutarō
Tōjū, a taiko mochi entertainer
Nakamura Kashō
STORY :

'Sanbasō' is an auspicious dance based on the play 'Okina' from the classical Noh theatre. It usually features an old man who is actually a god, his attendant Senzai, and the energetic Sanbasō. In this version, however, a beautiful top-ranking courtesan appears in place of the old man, an apprentice courtesan in place of the old man's attendant Senzai, and a taikomochi entertainer instead of Sanbasō.

Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami - KURUMABIKI

[ The Fight Over the Carriage - From Sugawara's Secrets of Calligraphy ]

CAST :
Matsuōmaru
Nakamura Matagorō
Sakuramaru
Nakamura Senjaku
Sugiōmaru
Nakamura Tanenosuke
Fujiwara no Shihei
Bandō Yajūrō
Umeōmaru
Nakamura Ganjirō
STORY :

Umeōmaru and his triplet brother, Sakuramaru, try to get revenge on Fujiwara no Shihei who falsely accused Umeōmaru's lord of treason. However, they are confronted by their other brother, Matsuōmaru, who is one of Shihei's retainers. This energetic play is a showcase for the bombastic 'aragoto' style of acting.

KŌCHIYAMA

[ The Tea-ceremony Priest Kōchiyama ]

CAST :
Kōchiyama Sōshun
Matsumoto Kōshirō, taking the new name Matsumoto Hakuō II
Takagi Kozaemon
Bandō Yajūrō
Miyazaki Kazuma
Ichikawa Komazō
Namiji, a female servant
Nakamura Kazutarō
Kitamura Daizen
Matsumoto Kingo
Matsue Izumonokami
Nakamura Karoku
STORY :

The 'tea-ceremony priest' Kōchiyama is a skilled extortionist and he is now working on another scheme to obtain money. He disguises himself as a high-ranking priest in order to gain the freedom of a girl captured by a powerful samurai lord because she will not become his mistress. During his heated discussions, in which the actor speaks the famous poetic cadences of the late 19th century playwright Kawatake Mokuami, Kochiyama not only succeeds in his mission to rescue the girl but manages to extort a fair amount for himself.

KANJINCHŌ

[ The Subscription Scroll ]

CAST :
Musashibō Benkei
Ichikawa Somegorō, taking the new name Matsumoto Kōshirō X
Minamoto no Yoshitsune
Kataoka Takatarō
Kamei Rokurō
Ichikawa Komazō
Kataoka Hachirō
Nakamura Kashō
Suruga Jirō
Nakamura Tanenosuke
Hitachibō Kaison
Matsumoto Kingo
Togashi Saemon
Kataoka Nizaemon
STORY :

Disguised as traveling priests, the fugitive general Yoshitsune and his band of retainers are stopped at a road barrier. The head retainer Benkei claims they are soliciting contributions for the rebuilding of a temple, but the barrier guard Togashi insists that, if so, they must have the temple's book of solicitation. Benkei elaborately improvises the text with an empty scroll. When one soldier points out that one of the group resembles Yoshitsune, Benkei is forced to strike Yoshitsune with his staff. Togashi is convinced that they are the fugitives but, sympathizing with Benkei's loyalty, he tells them to proceed on their way.

Genroku Chūshingura - OHAMA GOTEN TSUNATOYO-KYŌ

[Lord Tokugawa Tsunatoyo]

CAST :
Lord Tokugawa Tsunatoyō
Kataoka Nizaemon
Tominomori Suke'emon
Ichikawa Chūsha
Okiyo, a lady-in-waiting
Nakamura Kazutarō
Kotani Jinnai
Kataoka Matsunosuke
Urao, the top lady-in-waiting
Kamimura Kichiya
Ejima, a private secretary
Nakamura Senjaku
Arai Kageyu
Nakamura Karoku
STORY :

After Asano Takuminokami attacked and wounded Kira Kōzukenosuke within the shogun's palace in 1701, he was ordered to commit ritual suicide, his domain was confiscated and his retainers all became masterless samurai. A group of these masterless samurai planned to avenge their lord's death by killing the man they held responsible, Kira. The story takes place the following year. Lord Tokugawa Tsunatoyo is holding a beachside party. Learning that Kira will attend this party, one of the masterless samurai, Tominomori Suke'emon, asks to observe from a distance. However, he hears from Lord Tsunatoyo that the Asano family will soon be reinstated, which means there will be no more reason for revenge. However, he ambushes Kira and makes his attack. The story focuses on the meanings of revenge.

SHŪMEI HIRŌ KŌJŌ

[Stage Announcement Commemorating the Name Succession]

CAST :

Matsumoto Kōshirō, taking the new name Matsumoto Hakuō II
Ichikawa Somegorō, taking the new name Matsumoto Kōshirō X
Sakata Tōjūrō
Together with other top-ranking actors.

STORY :

This month Matsumoto Kōshirō succeeds to the name Matsumoto Hakuō II and his son Ichikawa Somegorō succeeds to the name of Matsumoto Kōshirō X. This is the stage announcement of their succession.

ONNA GOROSHI ABURA NO JIGOKU

[The Woman Killer and the Hell of Oil]

CAST :
Kawachiya Yohē
Ichikawa Somegorō, taking the new name Matsumoto Kōshirō X
Okichi, Shichizaemon's wife
Ichikawa Ennosuke
Yamamoto Moriemon
Ichikawa Chūsha
Kogiku, a geisha
Ichikawa Komazō
Oguri Hachiya
Nakamura Kashō
Okachi, Yohē's sister
Nakamura Kazutarō
Hake no Yagorō
Ōtani Hirotarō
Kohē, an agent of money lender
Kataoka Matsunosuke
Kaishu no Zenbē
Sawamura Sōnosuke
Osawa, Yohē's mother
Bandō Takesaburō
Teshimaya Shichizaemon
Nakamura Ganjirō
Tahē, Yohē's brother
Nakamura Matagorō
Kawachiya Tokubē
Nakamura Karoku
STORY :

This play by the great Chikamatsu Monzaemon was virtually ignored at the time it was written but it has become phenomenally popular in modern times for its hard-boiled sensibility and sensuous killing scene in which the protagonists slip and struggle through puddles of spilled oil. Yohē, the son of the oil shop Kawachiya is living a life of debauchery. He starts a fight in town and incurs debts at the pleasure quarters, and even hits his own stepfather and sister. Not being able to take this any longer, his mother finally disowns him. Troubled by this and needing to pay back the debts, he tries to borrow money from the wife of a neighboring oil merchant. He tries to blackmail her, but rejected, he ends up killing her.