Playwright names:

Nagawa Kamesuke I In Japanese
Nagawa Eich˘d˘ In Japanese
Nagawa Kamesuke I In Japanese

Others names:

Nagawa Kamesuke In Japanese
Nagawa Kamesuke In Japanese

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Existence: ???


Master: Namiki Sh˘z˘ I

Disciples: Nagawa Shimesuke I, Nagawa Shinz˘, Nagawa Sambu


Summer 1773: Kamesuke becomes tatesakusha in ďsaka.

4th lunar month of 1775: premiere in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai of Kamesuke's drama "Hade Kurabe Ise Monogatari" [more details].

11th lunar month of 1775: Kamesuke is tatesakusha at the Naka no Shibai, where he creates the drama "Gohiiki Tenmokuzan", which is produced by Mimasu Matsunoj˘.

12th lunar month of 1776: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of Kamesuke's drama "Igagoe Norikake Gappa" [casting].

4th lunar month of 1777: premiere in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai of Kamesuke's drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi" [casting].

11th lunar month of 1777: Kamesuke and Nagawa Shimesuke I write the kaomise drama "Daijizai Kaminari no Kodakara", which is produced at the Naka no Shibai by the zamoto Ichiyama Tajir˘, celebrates the shűmei of Yamashita Kamenoj˘ IV and welcomes back in ďsaka Arashi Sangor˘ II after 3 and 7 seasons spent in Ky˘to and Edo.

12th lunar month of 1781: Kamesuke's drama "Katakiuchi Tengajaya-mura" is staged for the first time, in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai [casting]. A similar play is staged a few days later under a different title, "Renga Chaya Homare no Bundai", written by his disciple Nagawa Shimesuke I, who becomes tatesakusha at the Naka no Shibai [casting], opening a competition between the two theaters for the best performance and the best line-up. The performance at the Kado no Shibai is a huge success and a long run. Unfortunately for Nagawa Shimesuke I, the performance at the Naka no Shibai is a commercial failure.


Nagawa Kamesuke I was an important Kamigata sakusha, the founder of the Nagawa clan, who was active only from the middle of the beginning of the 1770s to the middle of the 1780s and who took part in the creation of more than 70 Kabuki dramas, including "Meiboku Sendai Hagi", "Tengajaya" or "Hade Kurabe Ise Monogatari" which are still part of the Kabuki repertoire.

"In ďsaka during the H˘reki period the leading sakusha was Nagawa Kamesuke."
(ZoŰ Kincaid in "Kabuki, the Popular Stage of Japan")

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