|ďNISHI NO SHIBAI - CHIKUGOZA|
Chikugo no Shibai
ďnishi no Shibai
12th lunar month of 1768: the play "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki" is simultaneously staged at the ďnishi no Shibai and the Naka no Shibai. The actors Arashi Hinasuke I and Nakayama Bunshichi I, compete for the best performance in the role of Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ and the title of ďsaka best tachiyaku. "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki" is produced at the ďnishi no Shibai by Yamashita Yaoz˘ I with the following casting:
2nd lunar month of 1788: premiere at the ďnishi no Shibai of the drama "Gishinden Yomikiri K˘shaku". A drama written by Nagawa Shimesuke I, Namiki Sh˘z˘ II, Tatsuoka Mansaku and Shimada Tsuruz˘. It was supposed to be staged first in Ky˘to at the beginning of the month at the Nishi no Shibai but the theater was destroyed by fire the 29th day of the 1st lunar month. The troupe goes to ďsaka to perform at the ďnishi no Shibai and to celebrate the shűmei of Kataoka Nizaemon VII. "Gishinden Yomikiri K˘shaku" is staged with the following casting:
8th lunar month of 1841: great performances of the Edo star Onoe Kikugor˘ III at the ďnishi no Shibai; he plays the roles of ďboshi Yuranosuke, K˘ no Moron˘, Hayano Kanpei and Tonase in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura". He also plays the roles of Sakuramaru, Takebe Genz˘ and Kan Sh˘j˘ in "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". The roles of Okaru, Tonami and Yae are played by Arashi Tokusabur˘ III.
9th lunar month of 1841: Onoe Kikugor˘ III plays at the ďnishi no Shibai the roles of Tokubŕ and Kikuichi in the drama "Tenjiku Tokubŕ Ikoku Banashi". He also plays the roles of Oiwa, Kohei and Yomoshichi in "T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan".
11th lunar month of 1843: Arashi Tokusabur˘ III takes the name of Arashi Rikan III at the ďnishi no Shibai.
2nd lunar month of 1847: Nakamura Shibaz˘ I takes the name of Nakamura Gizaemon at the Chikugo no Shibai.
5th lunar month of 1854: Ichikawa Danz˘ VI plays for the first time the role of Shunkan in the drama "Heike Nyogo no Shima", which is staged at the Chikugo no Shibai. His stage partners are Nakamura Tamashichi I (Chidori) and Arashi Rikaku II (Senoo Tar˘).
4th lunar month of 1871: Nakamura Umenosuke joins the star Arashi Rikan IV and takes the name of Arashi Kitsusabur˘ IV, playing 3 roles in the drama "Katakiuchi Mid˘ Mae", which is staged at the Chikugo no Shibai.
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