IWAI MATSUNOSUKE IV

Stage names:

Iwai Matsunosuke IV
Iwai Ch˘ji

Real name: Arai Hisajir˘

Guild: Yamatoya

Line number: YODAIME (IV)

Existence: 1857 ~ 11 March 1906

Connection:

Master: Iwai Hanshir˘ VIII

Career:

1857: born in Edo in the district of Ky˘bashi.

1871: he becomes disciple of the actor Iwai Shijaku II and receives the name of Iwai Ch˘ji.

October 1878: premiere at the Shintomiza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Jitsugetsusei Ky˘wa Seidan"; Ch˘ji plays the role of the okujochű Kumemura [casting].

October 1879: Iwai Ch˘ji takes the name of Iwai Matsunosuke IV at the Saruwakaza.

23 May 1880: premiere at the Saruwakaza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Arimatsuzome Sum˘ Yukata"; Matsunosuke plays the role of the mekake Oshiga [more details].

1880 ~ 1882: quarrel with his master; he is expelled from the Iwai clan.

19 February 1882: his master Iwai Hanshir˘ VIII dies; Matsunosuke joins back the Iwai clan.

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 plays the role of Matsugae [casting].

March 1886: premiŔre at the Chitoseza of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Mekura Nagaya Ume-ga-Kagatobi"; Matsunosuke plays the role of Osuga [casting].

November 1890: tour in Sendai with the troupe led by Ichikawa Metora II.

September 1893: Matsunosuke plays at the Harukiza the role of Otomi in the drama "Yo no Mukashi Shima no Shinwa"; the role of Yosabur˘ is played by Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VII.

January 1894: Matsunosuke plays at the Harukiza the role of Princess Toki in the drama "Kamakura Sandaiki"; the roles of Sasaki Takatsuna and Miuranosuke are played by Nakamura Jakuemon II and Nakamura Fukusuke IV.

March 1901: Matsunosuke plays at the Miyatoza the role of Yűgiri in the drama "Kuruwa Bunsh˘"; the role of Fujiya Izaemon is played by Ichimura Kakitsu VI.

November 1905: Matsunosuke appears on stage for the last time, at the Miyatoza, playing 4 roles in the dance-drama "Miyazaki Danmari".

11 March 1906: Matsunosuke dies in T˘ky˘.

Comments:

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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