|ICHIKAWA ICHIZď III|
Ichikawa Ichiz˘ III
Other name: Ichikawa Ch˘sh˘
Line number: SANDAIME (III)
Poetry name: Ch˘sh˘
Existence: 1833 ~ 2nd day of the 3rd lunar month of 1865
Grandfather: Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ I
Father: Onoe Tamiz˘ II
Elder brother: Onoe Sh˘kaku I
1837: first stage appearance with his brother in miyaji shibai in ďsaka.
Winter 1857: Ichiz˘ and his brother Onoe Waichi II go together to Edo.
2nd lunar month of 1857: Ichiz˘ plays at the Moritaza the role of Tenjiku Tokubŕ in the drama "Irifune Soga Nihon no Torikaji". One day, a samurai who was watching the play and was so caught up in the actions on stage, suddenly drew his sword and jumped on the stage to strike Ichiz˘. Several theater staff were killed when they tried to stop the samurai and Ichiz˘ was injured. It was a light injury as he was able to perform the following day. Thanks to this unexpected samurai brawl, the play was a huge success.
1st lunar month of 1860: the 1762 puppet drama "Kishi no Himematsu Kutsuwa Kagami" (commonly called "Kishi Hime") is adapted for the first time to Kabuki, in Edo at the Moritaza; it is integrated within the new year sogamono "Momo Chidori Nigiwai Soga" and Ichiz˘ plays the role of Asaina Sabur˘ Yoshihide [casting].
8th lunar month of 1861: premiere at the Moritaza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Sakura S˘shi Gonichi no Bundan", a revised version of Segawa Jok˘ III's drama "Higashiyama Sakura S˘shi"; Ichiz˘ plays the roles of Yamanaka Shikanosuke and Hozumi Shinjűr˘ [casting].
Summer 1864: Ichiz˘ goes back to ďsaka.
2nd day of the 3rd lunar month of 1865: Ichiz˘ dies in ďsaka; his tombstone is located in the precinct of the Chikurinji Temple in the district of Sennichi.
Ichikawa Ichiz˘ III was a promising 19th century tachiyaku actor. This tall actor was able to perform a wide range of roles, not only as a tachiyaku, but also as a katakiyaku or an onnagata. His field of excellence was jitsugoto. He unfortunately died too young, at the beginning of his 30s; if he had lived longer, he most likely would have taken the name of Ichikawa Ebijűr˘, to honor the memory of his grandfather.
Ichikawa Ichiz˘ III playing the role of the yakko Takobei in the drama "Mata Meguri Kuruwa no Irodako", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1862 at the Moritaza (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III)
The Ichikawa Ichiz˘ line of actors
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