NAKAMURA FUKUSUKE V

Stage names:

Nakamura Fukusuke V In Japanese
Nakamura Kotar˘ II In Japanese

Guild: Narikomaya

Line number: GODAIME (V)

Existence: 10 May 1900 ~ 1 August 1933

Connections:

Father: Nakamura Utaemon V

Brother: Nakamura Utaemon VI

Son: Nakamura Shikan VII

Grandsons: Nakamura Fukusuke IX, Nakamura Shikan VIII

Great-grandsons: Nakamura Kankur˘ VI, Nakamura Shichinosuke II, Nakamura Kotar˘ VI, Nakamura Hashinosuke IV, Nakamura Fukunosuke III, Nakamura Utanosuke IV

Great-great-grandsons: Nakamura Kantar˘ III, Nakamura Ch˘zabur˘ II

Career:

July 1904: first stage appearance, at the T˘ky˘za, where he receives the name of Nakamura Kotar˘ II.

April 1916: Nakamura Kotar˘ II takes the name of Nakamura Fukusuke V at the Kabukiza.

February 1917: Fukusuke plays at the Minamiza the role of Shizuka Gozen in the michiyuki "Yoshinoyama"; the role of Tadanobu is played by Ichimura Uzaemon XV.

February 1918: Fukusuke plays at the Kabukiza the role of Irie Tanz˘ in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

March 1920: Fukusuke plays at the Minamiza the role of Matsushima in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi".

April 1920: Fukusuke plays at the Kabukiza the role of Matsushima in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi".

March 1921: Fukusuke plays at the Yokohama Gekij˘ the role of Matsushima in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi".

October 1921: Fukusuke plays at the Kabukiza the role of Konami in the 9th act of "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; the role of Konami's mother Tonase is played by Fukusuke's father Nakamura Utaemon V.

February 1922 ~ April 1924: Fukusuke is the leader of the Hagoromokai, a society dedicated to the study and the development of shosagoto.

February 1922: revival at the Imperial Theater of the Nagauta-based dance-drama "Tsuki no Kao Monaka no Natorigusa", which is entitled "Oniji Hy˘shimai"; Fukusuke plays the role of Matsu-no-Mae [more details].

September 1922: Fukusuke plays at the Shintomiza the role of Chidori in the drama "Heike Nyogo no Shima".

March 1923: Fukusuke plays at the Imperial Theater the leading role of the dance "Onna to Kage" ("The woman and the shadow"), based on a script written by Paul Claudel and a choreography made by Kineya Sakichi.

October 1924: Fukusuke plays at the Hong˘za the role of Konami in the 9th act of "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; the role of Konami's mother Tonase is played by Fukusuke's father Nakamura Utaemon V.

November 1924: Fukusuke plays at the Imperial Theater the role of Matsushima in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi".

November 1925: Fukusuke plays at the Kabukiza the role of Rikiya in the 9th act of "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

July 1927: Fukusuke plays at the Hong˘za the roles of Kokingo and Osato in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

June 1928: Fukusuke plays at the Meijiza the role of Suke-no-Tsubone in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

October 1928: Fukusuke plays at the Kabukiza the role of Okinoi in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi".

July 1929: Fukusuke plays at the Meijiza the role of Osai in the 6th act of "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

January 1931: Fukusuke plays at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ the role of Chiyo in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; his stage partners are Onoe Kikugor˘ VI (Matsu˘maru), Nakamura Kichiemon I (Genz˘) and Onoe Taganoj˘ III (Tonami).

June 1931: Fukusuke plays at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ the role of Suke-no-Tsubone in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

July 1931: premiere in T˘ky˘ at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of the play "Ippon Gatana Dohy˘ Iri", written by Hasegawa Shin, in which Kikugor˘ plays the role of Otsuta; the role of M˘hei is played by Onoe Kikugor˘ VI [casting].

June 1932: premiere at the Kabukiza of Hasegawa Shin's drama "Irezumi Ch˘han"; Fukusuke plays the role of Onaka [casting].

November 1932: revival at the Kabukiza of the drama "Gedatsu", a play belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Fukusuke plays the role of Kagekiyo's daughter Hitomaru [more details].

March 1933: Fukusuke appears on stage for the last time, playing at the Kabukiza the roles of Satsuki, Motome and Okuma in the dramas "Toki-ha Ima Kiky˘ no Hataage", "Imoseyama Onna Teikin" (the "Mikasayama Goten" scene) and "Tsuyu Kosode Mukashi Hachij˘".

Comments:

Nakamura Fukusuke V was a talented onnagata actor, who unfortunately died too young. He could have been Nakamura Utaemon VI but he met with a tragic and early end.

Nakamura Fukusuke V playing the role of Ohan in the drama "Katsuragawa Renri no Shigarami" (print made by Natori Shunsen in 1925)

Print made by Natori Shunsen in 1925

The Nakamura Kotar˘ line of actors

The Nakamura Fukusuke line of actors

 
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