NAKAYAMA KIRAKU I

Stage names:

Nakayama Kiraku I
Nakayama Shinkur˘ III
Nakayama Raisuke III
Nakayama Shinshichi
Nakayama Tatsuz˘

Other name: Nakayama Icch˘ III

Guild: Oriya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry names: Kiraku, Icch˘ (3)

Existence: 1761 ~ 25th day of the 10th lunar month of 1827

Connections:

Father: Nakayama Otojűr˘

Son: Nakayama Shinkur˘ IV

Career:

1761: born in ďsaka. He is the son of Nakayama Otojűr˘, a low-ranking disciple of the star Nakayama Bunshichi I.

1781: he starts his career, playing under the name of Nakayama Tatsuz˘ in ďsaka in hama shibai.

2nd lunar month of 1794: Nakayama Tatsuz˘ takes the name of Nakayama Shinshichi at the Naka no Shibai, playing in Namiki Gohei I's drama "Shima Meguri Uso no Kikigaki".

4th lunar month of 1794: Shinshichi plays in Ky˘to at the Nishi no Shibai in the drama "Wada Gassen Onna Maizuru".

5th lunar month of 1794: premiere at the Nishi no Shibai (Ky˘to) of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Godairiki Koi no Fűjime"; Shinshichi plays the role of Hachiemon [casting].

8th lunar month of 1796: Nakayama Shinshichi takes the name of Nakayama Raisuke III at the Minamigawa no Shibai.

11th lunar month of 1802: Nakayama Raisuke III takes the name of Nakayama Shinkur˘ III at the Kitagawa no Shibai, playing the role of Tsukuma Saemon in the drama "Fűryű Kokusen'ya", which is produced by Azuma Tomijir˘. His stage partners are Ichikawa Danz˘ IV, Arashi Sangor˘ III, Arashi Kichisabur˘ II, Sawamura Kunitar˘ I, Yoshizawa Iroha I, Nakayama Bungor˘ I and Kan˘ Minshi I.

9th lunar month of 1809: Shinkur˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Mashiba Hisayoshi in the drama "Sanmon Gosan no Kiri", which is produced by Mimasu Kumesabur˘; the role of Ishikawa Goemon is played by Kataoka Nizaemon VII.

11th lunar month of 1809: Shinkur˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Keishoku Yuki-miru Yama", which is produced by Mimasu Kumesabur˘ and stars Nakayama Hyakka, Yoshizawa Ayame V, Arashi Kichisabur˘ II, Asao Kuzaemon I, Nakamura Daikichi I, Kan˘ Minshi I and Asao Okuyama III.

11th lunar month of 1810: Shinkur˘ plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of Mitsuhide and Kaheiji in Chikamatsu Tokuz˘'s drama "Sangoku Bus˘ Yakko Ukej˘".

11th lunar month of 1816: Shinkur˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Tosab˘ in the drama "Gosho Zakura Horikawa no Youchi".

8th lunar month of 1822: tour in Nagoya for a troupe led by the Edo star Iwai Hanshir˘ V and the Kamigata actors like Shinkur˘, Nakayama Icch˘ IV and Band˘ Jűtar˘; they perform at the Tachibana no Shibai in "Ranjatai Nitta Keizu" and "Edo Murasaki Naniwa no Iroage".

1st lunar month of 1826: Nakayama Shinkur˘ III and his son Nakayama Icch˘ IV respectively take the names of Nakayama Kiraku I and Nakayama Shinkur˘ IV; Kiraku plays at the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai (ďsaka) in the drama "Katakiuchi Ura no Asagiri".

4th lunar month of 1827: Kiraku appears on stage for the last time, in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai, playing in the dramas "Ken Mawashi Sato no Daitsű" and "Kuni Namari Futaba no Oizuru".

Comments:

Nakayama Kiraku I was a tachiyaku actor, who spent all his career in Kamigata and was a specialist in jitsuaku (his first field of excellence), jitsugotoshi and bud˘goto roles. He was famous for his great voice and for delivering his lines perfectly.

Nakayama Shinkur˘ III playing the role of Ashikaga Masaemon in the drama "Hira-ga-Dake Yukimi no Jindate", which was staged in the 8th lunar month of 1814 at the Kado no Shibai (print made by Asayama Ashiyuki)

The Nakayama Raisuke line of actors

The Nakayama Shinkur˘ line of actors

The Nakayama Kiraku line of actors

 
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