NAKAMURA KANZABURď XI

Stage names:

Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XI
Nakamura Denkur˘ III
Nakamura Denz˘ II

Line number: J█ICHIDAIME (XI)

Existence: 1766 ~ 4th day of the 8th lunar month of 1829

Connections:

Great-great-grandfather: Nakamura Kanzabur˘ I

Great-grandfather: Nakamura Kankur˘ I

Grandfather: Nakamura Kanzabur˘ VI

Father: Ichikawa Yaoz˘ II

Father-in-law: Nakamura Kanzabur˘ VIII

Sons: Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XII, Nakamura Katsujűr˘ II

Son-in-law: Nakamura Denkur˘ IV

Grandsons: Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XIII, Nakamura Jusabur˘ II

Great-grandson: Nakamura Akashi V (Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XV)

Great-great-granddaughter: Nakamura Fujiko (Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVI)

Career:

1766: born in Edo. He is the son of Ichikawa Yaoz˘ II.

1773: he receives the name of Nakamura Denz˘ II.

6th lunar month of 1777: Nakamura Denz˘ II takes the name of Nakamura Denkur˘ III.

7th lunar month of 1777: his father Ichikawa Yaoz˘ II dies.

11th lunar month of 1777: Nakamura Kanzabur˘ VIII dies.

7th lunar month of 1785: Nakamura Kanzabur˘ IX dies.

4th lunar month of 1787: Nakamura Kanzabur˘ X, who became zamoto in the 6th lunar month of 1786, runs away because of the Nakamuraza debt; Denkur˘ gets married with Okiku, the daughter of late Nakamura Kanzabur˘ VIII, takes the name of Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XI and becomes the new manager of a theater in turmoil.

Fall 1793: the debt-burden Nakamuraza goes bankrupt; Kanzabur˘ gives the license for Kabuki performances to the Miyakoza, his hikae yagura.

11th lunar month of 1797: the Nakamuraza reopens.

8th lunar month of 1799: his son-in-law Nakamura Denkur˘ IV dies.

4th day of the 11th lunar month of 1802: a fire breaks out in Edo in the district of Naniwa-ch˘ and destroys the Nakamuraza.

13th day of the 11th lunar month of 1806: a fire breaks out from the shop of the hair-dresser Tomokur˘ in the district of Nihonbashi Fukiya-ch˘. It spreads and burns the Nakamuraza to ashes, killing many members of the audience.

1st day of the 1st lunar month of 1809: a fire breaks out in the district of Nihonbashi Sanai-ch˘ and destroys the Nakamuraza.

5th lunar month of 1810: Nakamura Kanzabur˘ X dies.

29th day of the 11th lunar month of 1813: a fire breaks out in the district of Takasago-ch˘ and destroys the Nakamuraza.

12th day of the 1st lunar month of 1817: a fire breaks out in the district of Norimono-ch˘ and destroys the Nakamuraza.

7th lunar month of 1825: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's ghost play "T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan" [casting]; the performance is a big comercial success.

8th day of the 12th lunar month of 1825: a fire breaks out in the puppet theater Yűkiza, district of Fukiya-ch˘, and destroys the Nakamuraza.

3rd day of the 1st lunar month of 1827: a fire breaks out from the third floor of the Ichimuraza and destroys the Nakamuraza.

21st day of the 3rd lunar month of 1829: a fire breaks out from the shop of Owariya Tokuemon, in the district of Kanda Sakuma-ch˘. It spreads and destroys the Nakamuraza.

4th day of the 8th lunar month of 1829: Kanzabur˘ dies.

Comments:

Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XI was an actor up to 1787 and became the zamoto of the Nakamuraza. He managed his theater for 38 seasons but often had hard times to keep the Nakamuraza up and running because of the heavy burden of the theater debts and several fires, which burnt his theater to ashes. He had to close his business from Fall 1793 to Fall 1797.

Nakamura Denkur˘ III in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III (1862~1863)

The Nakamura Denkur˘ line of actors

The Nakamura Kanzabur˘ line of actors and theater managers

 
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