NAKAMURA MATAGORď III

Stage names:

Nakamura Matagor˘ III In Japanese
Nakamura Kash˘ III In Japanese
Nakamura Mitsuteru In Japanese

Real name: Ogawa Mitsuteru

Guilds: Harimaya (from September 2010), Yorozuya (up to August 2010)

Line number: SANDAIME (III)

Birthday: 26 April 1956

Connections:

Great-great-grandfather: Nakamura Karoku I

Great-grandfather: Nakamura Karoku III

Grandfather: Nakamura Tokiz˘ III

Father: Nakamura Kash˘ II

Brother: Nakamura Karoku V

Sons: Nakamura Kash˘ IV, Nakamura Tanenosuke

Career:

July 1964: he makes his first appearance on stage at the Kabukiza, performing under the name of Nakamura Mitsuteru.

January 1965: Mitsuteru plays at the Kabukiza the role of Ichiwakamaru in the drama "Wada Gassen Onna Maizuru"; the role of Ichiwakamaru's mother Hangaku is played by Nakamura Utaemon VI.

June 1981: great shűmei at the Kabukiza for the Yorozuya guild; Nakamura Yonekichi IV, Nakamura Baishi III, Nakamura Mitsuteru and Ogawa Mikihiro respectively take the names of Nakamura Karoku V, Nakamura Tokiz˘ V, Nakamura Kash˘ III and Nakamura Shid˘ II; the new Kash˘ plays the roles of Shizuka Gozen and the ghost of Taira no Tomomori in the dance-drama "Funa Benkei".

July 1981: revival at the Kabukiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Hitori Tabi Gojűsan Tsugi"; Kash˘ plays the role of Ippei [casting].

May ~ June 1985: Kash˘ takes part in a Kabuki tour in Europe, performing 18 shows in 4 cities; he plays the role of Musashib˘ Benkei in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

October 1988: Kash˘ takes part in a Kabuki tour in Egypt; he plays the roles of Naritsune and Tar˘kaja in the drama "Shunkan" and the burlesque dance "B˘ Shibari".

June ~ July 1990: Kash˘ takes part in a Kabuki tour in the USA, performing 26 shows in several big cities; he plays the role of Tar˘kaja in the dance-drama "Migawari Zazen" [casting]. Kash˘ also plays the role of Yoshitsune in the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘", which is staged only for 2 shows in Los Angeles.

1996: Kash˘ takes part in a Kabuki tour in Italy.

February 1998: Kash˘ plays for the first time the prestigious role of the sum˘ wrestler Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ in the "Sum˘ba" and "Hikimado" scenes of the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki", which is staged at the Misonoza (Nagoya).

September 2011: Nakamura Kash˘ III and his son Nakamura Tanetar˘ IV take the names of Nakamura Matagor˘ III and Nakamura Kash˘ IV at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘; the new Matagor˘ plays the roles of Takebe Genz˘, Toyotomi Hideyori and Ume˘maru in "Terakoya", "Hototogisu Koj˘ no Rakugetsu" and "Kurumabiki" [more details].

October 2011: Nakamura Matagor˘ III and his son Nakamura Kash˘ IV celebrate their shűmei in Nagoya at the Misonoza; Matagor˘ plays the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi in "Soga no Taimen" and "Sum˘ba" [more details].

March 2012: Nakamura Matagor˘ III and his son Nakamura Kash˘ IV celebrate their shűmei in Ky˘to at the Minamiza; Matagor˘ plays the roles of Yoshitsune and Shizuka Gozen (and the ghost of Tomomori) in "Kumagai Jin'ya" and "Funa Benkei" [more details].

April 2012: Nakamura Matagor˘ III and his son Nakamura Kash˘ IV celebrate their shűmei at the Kanamaruza (Shikoku); Matagor˘ plays the roles of Kobayashi no Asahina and the fox Tadanobu in "Kusazuribiki" and "Shi-no-Kiri" [more details].

June 2012: Nakamura Matagor˘ III and his son Nakamura Kash˘ IV celebrate their shűmei in Fukuoka at the Hakataza; Matagor˘ plays the roles of the thief Kurobŕ and Rokusuke in "Tachi Nusubito" and "Keya-mura" [more details].

July 2012: Nakamura Matagor˘ III and his son Nakamura Kash˘ IV celebrate their shűmei in ďsaka at the Sh˘chikuza; Matagor˘ plays the roles of Jir˘kaja, Tatsugor˘ and Sat˘ Tadanobu (in reality the fox Genkur˘) in "B˘ Shibari", "Arakawa no Sakichi" and "Yoshinoyama" [more details].

July 2013: Nakamura Matagor˘ III and his son Nakamura Kash˘ IV celebrate their shűmei in the central provinces [more details].

September 2013: Nakamura Matagor˘ III and his son Nakamura Kash˘ IV celebrate their shűmei in the western provinces [more details].

July 2014: Nakamura Matagor˘ III and his son Nakamura Kash˘ IV celebrate their shűmei in the eastern provinces [more details].

November 2015: revival at the National Theatre of the drama "Shinrei Yaguchi no Watashi" (t˘shi ky˘gen in 4 acts); Matagor˘ plays the role of Minase Rokur˘ Munezumi [more details|casting].

Comments:

Nakamura Matagor˘ III is a dynamic and talented tachiyaku actor of the Harimaya guild.

Nakamura Matagor˘ III playing the role of the ky˘genshi Sakon in the dance-drama "Meoto D˘j˘ji" in a print made by Tsuruya K˘kei
Print courtesy of Ted Jagoda

The Nakamura Kash˘ line of actors

The Nakamura Matagor˘ line of actors

 
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