|IWAI MATSUNOSUKE IV|
Real name: Arai Hisajir˘
Line number: YODAIME (IV)
Existence: 1857 ~ 11 March 1906
Master: Iwai Hanshir˘ VIII
1857: born in Edo in the district of Ky˘bashi.
1871: he became disciple of the actor Iwai Shijaku II and received the name of Iwai Ch˘ji.
October 1879: Iwai Ch˘ji took the name of Iwai Matsunosuke IV at the Saruwakaza.
January 1882: quarrel with his master; he was expelled from the Iwai clan. He performed under the name of Iwai Seiji.
19 February 1882: his master Iwai Hanshir˘ VIII died; Matsunosuke joined back the Iwai clan and took back the name of Iwai Matsunosuke IV in April 1882.
November 1883: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Z˘ho Tenjiku Tokubŕ", a revision of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's "Tenjiku Tokubŕ Ikoku Banashi"; Matsunosuke played the role of Matsugae [casting].
November 1885: premiere at the Chitoseza of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Shisen Ry˘ Koban no Ume-no-Ha"; Matsunosuke played the roles of Tatsumiya Otatsu, T˘jűr˘'s wife Omisa and Funayado no Omatsu (a member of the Chitose k˘jű) [more details].
November 1890: tour in Sendai with a troupe led by Ichikawa Metora II.
January 1894: Matsunosuke played at the Harukiza the role of Princess Toki in the drama "Kamakura Sandaiki"; the roles of Sasaki Takatsuna and Miuranosuke were played by Nakamura Jakuemon II and Nakamura Fukusuke IV.
November 1905: Matsunosuke appeared on stage for the last time, at the Miyatoza, playing 4 roles in the dance-drama "Miyazaki Danmari".
11 March 1906: Matsunosuke died in T˘ky˘.
Iwai Matsunosuke IV was a promising onnagata actor, who was able to perform a wide range of female roles in sewamono dramas, like courtesans, spouses or maiden. He replaced actors like Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VI and was a stage partner of Onoe Kikugor˘ V but he unfortunately wasted his talents, became alcoholic and debt-ridden, was definitively expelled from the Iwai clan around 1901 and fell at the end of his career from ˘shibai to koshibai.
Iwai Matsunosuke IV playing the role of a courtesan in the drama "Ume no Haru Tateshu no Goshozome", which was staged in February 1887 at the Chitoseza
The Iwai Matsunosuke line of actors
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