October 1875: the Okudaza goes bankrupt and the management is taken over by Fukae T˘bei, who renames the theater Harukiza.
March 1884: premiere at the Harukiza of Kawatake Shinshichi III's drama "Chűj˘ Hime Taima Engi", which is staged with the following casting:
May 1885: first performance at the Harukiza of the Torikuma Shibai troupe.
23 June 1890: a fire destroys the Harukiza.
December 1891: the Harukiza reopens with the shűmei of Nakamura Tomijűr˘ III, Azuma T˘z˘ and Nakamura Baiju. The others actors are Ichikawa Ennosuke I, Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VII, Nakamura Shikaku I, Nakamura Komanosuke VI, Nakamura Kangor˘ XII and Ichikawa Utasaku.
January 1896: revival at the Harukiza of the dance "Kashiragaki Ise Monogatari", staged under the title "Noriaibune Eh˘ Manzai", with Ichikawa Ennosuke I and Nakamura Kangor˘ XII performing the two comic dancers.
1896: a stock-company is created to manage the Harukiza. Its name is Harukiza KK.
23 March 1898: a fire destroys the Harukiza.
March 1902: The Harukiza is renamed Hong˘za.
1910: the Hong˘za is purchased by the Sh˘chiku.
January 1914: revival at the Hong˘za of the drama "Gedatsu", a long-forgotten play belonging to the kabuki jűhachiban. The roles of the warrior Taira no Kagekiyo and Akoya are played by Ichikawa Sadanji II and Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ II.
March 1923: premiere at the Hong˘za of Matsui Sh˘y˘'s drama "Satsuma no Yodogimi". The leading role of Lady Yodo (Yodogimi) is played by Nakamura Utaemon V.
1 September 1923 (11:58 AM): T˘ky˘ is destroyed by a powerful earthquake called Kant˘ Daijishin, which kills more than 200,000 people; the Hong˘za is burnt to ashes.
1924: the Hong˘za reopens.
February 1925: Tsuruya Namboku IV's drama "Kachi Zum˘ Ukina no Hanabure", commonly called "Shirafuji Genta", is revived at the Hong˘za, under the supervision of the writer Nagai Kafű. It is staged at the Hong˘za with the following casting:
October 1927: revival at the Hong˘za of Tsuruya Namboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", which has not been staged since 3rd lunar month of 1817. The new script is written by Kawajiri Seitan and the play is produced under the title "Kiyomizudera Azuma Bunsh˘" with the following casting:
April 1930: the Hong˘za becomes a movie theater.
10 March 1945 (00:08 AM): 344 US Army B29 bombers drops 2,000 tons of bombs on T˘ky˘, killing more than 120,000 people and destroying almost everything; the Hong˘za is burnt to ashes. This theater is no more rebuilt in the post-war years.
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