BENTENZA - TAKEDA NO SHIBAI
   
Names Bentenza
Takeda no Shibai
City ďsaka
History

1662: Takeda ďmi (?~1704) opens the Takeda no Shibai in the D˘tonbori district of ďsaka; this is a mechanized puppets theater at the beginning.

11th lunar month of 1759: first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Hanji's 1759 puppet theater drama "Hidakagawa Iriai Zakura", in ďsaka at the Takeda no Shibai.

7th lunar month of 1768: premiere at the Takeda no Shibai of Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Yadonashi Danshichi Shigure no Karakasa", which is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Danshichi Mohei Takeda Uhachi
Iwai-buro Jisuke Takeda Isematsu
The courtesan Otomi Nakamura Matsuyo
Arashi Sangor˘ Takeda Taz˘
Sawamura Kunitar˘ Nakamura Kichimatsu
Heizaemon Nakayama Takiz˘
Takaichi Kazuemon Takeda Jir˘ichi
Manriki Ichiemon Takeda Tokiz˘
Osoyo Sanogawa Tomimatsu
Daimonjiya Jihei (commonly called Sakai no Daiji), the servant Kahei Takeda Manroku

12 April 1876: a fire breaks out in the room of the actor Nakamura Kampachi and destroys the Takeda no Shibai.

May 1876: the theater is quickly rebuilt and renamed Bentenza.

13 March 1945: the Bentenza is destroyed during the bombing of ďsaka. This theater is no more rebuilt in the post-war years.

The Bentenza in December 1902
 
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