NAKAMURA HASHINOSUKE III

Stage names:

Nakamura Hashinosuke III
Nakamura K˘ji

Real name: Nakamura K˘ji

Guild: Narikomaya

Line number: SANDAIME (III)

Birthday: 31 August 1965

Connections:

Great-grandfather: Nakamura Utaemon V

Grandfather: Nakamura Fukusuke V

Father: Nakamura Shikan VII

Brother: Nakamura Fukusuke IX

Brother-in-law: Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII

Sons: Nakamura Kunio, Nakamura Muneo, Nakamura Yoshio

Career:

May 1970: he makes his first appearance on stage at the Kabukiza, playing under his real name in the play "Mukashi Banashi Momotar˘".

April 1980: Nakamura K˘ji takes the name of Nakamura Hashinosuke III at the Kabukiza, playing roles of the naked warrior, Tezuka no Tar˘ and the priest Shűron in the dramas "Hototogisu Koj˘ no Rakugetsu", "Onna Shibaraku" and "Renjishi".

January 1982: revival at the National Theatre of "Z˘hiki", a bombastic play in the aragoto style which belongs to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Hashinosuke plays the role of Funakata K˘za [casting].

April 1986: Hashinosuke plays for the first time the prestigious role of the warrior Taira no Tomomori in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", which is staged at the National Theatre.

August 1990: revival at the Kabukiza of the kaidanmono "Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki"; Hashinosuke plays the role of Isogai Namie [casting].

June 1991: premiere at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ of Hagiwara Yukio's dance-drama "Sakuragawa"; Hashinosuke plays the role of the Isobedera Temple head Chikukei [casting].

January 1994: Hashinosuke plays for the first time the bombastic role of Soga Gor˘ in the drama "Ya-no-Ne", which is staged at the Asakusa K˘kaid˘.

May~June 1994: first edition of the Cocoon Kabuki, which is staged at the Shibuya Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon and recreates the atmosphere of the Edo koshibai and brings the actors closer to the audience. The play "T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan" is coproduced by Nakamura Kankur˘ V and the playwright Kushida Kazuyoshi; Hashinosuke plays the role of Tamiya Iemon [more details].

August~September 1996: second edition of the Cocoon Kabuki with the production of "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; Hashinosuke plays the role of Issun Tokubŕ [more details].

September 1998: third edition of the Cocoon Kabuki with the production of "Kamikakete Sango Taisetsu"; Hashinosuke plays (in turns with Nakamura Kankur˘) the roles of Satsuma Gengobŕ or Sasanoya Sangor˘ [more details].

September 1999: revival at the Minamiza of Katsu Genz˘ III's drama "Ogasawara S˘d˘"; Hashinosuke plays the roles of Okada Ry˘suke and Ogasawara T˘t˘mi-no-Kami [casting].

September 2000: his two sons Muneo and Kunio make their first appearance on stage at the Kabukiza.

June 2001: 4th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki with the production of "Sannin Kichisa"; Hashinosuke plays the role of Ob˘ Kichisa [more details].

June 2003: 5th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki with the production of "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; Hashinosuke plays the role of Issun Tokubŕ [more details].

July 2004: Fifth edition of the Heisei Nakamuraza, staged abroad for the first time; Nakamura Kankur˘ and his troupe, which includes Hashinosuke, Nakamura Senjaku, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Kataoka Kamez˘ and Nakamura Shichinosuke, perform in Boston (8~10 July, Cutler Majestic Theatre), New York City (17~25 July, Lincoln Center) and Washington DC (28 July, Warner Theater). In Boston and Washington, the troupe presents the dances "B˘ Shibari" and "Renjishi". In New York, an Edo 545-seat traditional theater is built within the Lincoln Center and the troupe presents the great Kamigata drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" [more details].

June 2005: 6th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki (the first one without Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII) with the production of "Sakura Hime"; Hashinosuke plays the roles of the priest Seigen and Tsurigane Gonsuke [more details].

November 2005: t˘shi ky˘gen revival at the National Theatre of the drama "Ehon Taik˘ki"; Hashinosuke plays the role of Takechi Mitsuhide [casting].

March~April 2006: 7th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki with the production (in two different programs) of "T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan"; Hashinosuke plays the roles of Tamiya Iemon or Tamiya Iemon/Oshioda Matanoj˘ [more details].

June 2007: 8th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki with the production of "Sannin Kichisa"; Hashinosuke plays the role of Ob˘ Kichisa [more details].

July 2007: second Heisei Nakamuraza tour in the USA, in New York (Lincoln Center, 16~22 July) and Washington (Warner Theatre, 26 July); Hashinosuke plays in New York the roles of a priest and Jinzabur˘ in "Renjishi" and "Sumidagawa Gonichi no Omokage". He also plays in Washington the role of Musashib˘ Benkei in "Kanjinch˘" [more details].

May~June 2008: first Heisei Nakamuraza tour in Europe, in Berlin at the The House of World Cultures (Germany) from the 14th to the 21st of May 2008 and in Sibiu (Rumania) from the 29th of May to the 1st of June 2008 for the International Theatre Festival; Hashinosuke plays the role of Issun Tokubŕ in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" [casting].

June 2008: 9th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki with the production of "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; Hashinosuke plays the role of Issun Tokubŕ [more details].

January 2009: revival at the National Theatre of "Z˘hiki", a bombastic play in the aragoto style which belongs to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Hashinosuke plays the role of the priest Gazenb˘ [casting].

July 2009: 10th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki [more details].

September 2009: Heisei Nakamuraza in Nagoya [more details].

June 2010: 11th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki [more details].

July 2010: Heisei Nakamuraza in Matsumoto [more details].

October 2014: the October Grand Kabuki at the Kabukiza commemorates the 26th anniversary (27th memorial service) and the 2nd anniversary (3rd memorial service) of late Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII and late Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII [more details].

Comments:

Nakamura Hashinosuke III is a young and outstanding tachiyaku actor, who was born in a family of onnagata stars. His art and physical appearance remind us of the prestigious ancestors of his clan, like Nakamura Shikan IV or Nakamura Utaemon IV. He will take the name of Nakamura Shikan VIII in October 2016!

Nakamura Hashinosuke III in a print made by Lynn Matsuoka
Print courtesy of Lynn Matsuoka Studios (all rights reserved)
Lynn Matsuoka worked in the dressing room and back stage, right in front of the actor, not from Pictures!!!

The Nakamura Hashinosuke line of actors

 
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