NAKAMURA KASHICHI IV

Stage names:

Nakamura Kashichi IV
Nakamura Shichigasuke
Nakamura Nakasuke II
Nakamura Nakaz˘ IV
Band˘ Jusabur˘ I

Real name: Akita Shichigasuke

Guild: Sh˘kakuya

Line number: YODAIME (IV)

Poetry name: Keijaku, Hikaku

Existence: 1817 ~ 13 February 1881

Connection:

Master: Band˘ Jutar˘ I

Adoptive father: Nakamura Kashichi III

Adopted son: Nakamura Hikaku

Disciple: Nakamura Nakaichi

Career:

1817: born in Kamigata. He starts his career as an early age as a disciple of Band˘ Jutar˘ I, who gives him the name of Band˘ Jusabur˘ I and makes him perform in miyaji shibai.

24th day of the 12th lunar month of 1841: his master Band˘ Jutar˘ I dies.

1840s: he is spotted by Nakamura Tomijűr˘ II in Nagoya. The ďsaka star introduces him to Nakamura Kashichi III, who adopts him later on.

1st lunar month of 1848: Band˘ Jusabur˘ I takes the name of Nakamura Nakaz˘ IV.

11th lunar month of 1853: Nakamura Nakamura Nakaz˘ IV takes the name of Nakamura Nakasuke II.

1st lunar month of 1865: Nakasuke's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, jitsuaku/katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

1st lunar month of 1867: Nakamura Nakasuke II takes the name of Nakamura Shichigasuke.

January 1874: Nakamura Shichigasuke takes the name of Nakamura Kashichi IV at the Chikugo no Shibai, playing at the role of Ganryű in the drama "Katakiuchi Nit˘ Eiyűki".

September 1880: Kashichi plays at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Fujiwara no Shihei, Shiratayű and Shund˘ Genba in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

January 1881: Kashichi appears on stage for the last time, in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai, playing 3 roles in the drama "Haru no Koma Oguri Kaiden".

13 February 1881: Kashichi dies in ďsaka; his adopted son Nakamura Hikaku dies the 20th of February.

Comments:

Nakamura Kashichi IV was a 19th century actor who made most of his career in Kamigata. Equally at home in sewamono and jidaimono dramas, he specialized in katakiyaku and fukeyaku (in his latter years). He was a talented and popular actor, renowned for the quality of his line-delivery and diction.

Nakamura Kashichi IV playing the role of Ganryű in the drama "Katakiuchi Nit˘ Eiyűki", which was staged in January 1875 at the Chikugo no Shibai (print made by Nakai Yoshitaki)

The Band˘ Jusabur˘ line of actors

The Nakamura Nakaz˘ line of actors

The Nakamura Nakasuke line of actors

 
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