ICHIKAWA MONNOSUKE III

Stage names:

Ichikawa Monnosuke III In Japanese
Ichikawa Denz˘ I In Japanese
Ichikawa Otora I In Japanese
Ichikawa Benmatsu In Japanese

Other name:

Hanamichi Tsurane II In Japanese

Guild: Takinoya

Line number: SANDAIME (III)

Poetry name: Shinsha

Crest: a horizontal stroke (the ideogram for "one") in a circle

Existence: 1794 ~ 27th day of the 7th lunar month of 1824 [1]

Connections:

Grandfather: Ichikawa Monnosuke II

Father: Ichikawa Omez˘ I

Brother: Ichikawa Monnosuke IV

Career:

1794 ~ 1808: born in Edo. Elder son of the actor Ichikawa Omez˘ I, he appeared on stage for the first time in 1801, receiving the name of Ichikawa Benmatsu. Later on, he took the name of Ichikawa Otora I at an unknown date.

4th lunar month of 1808: Ichikawa Otora I took the name of Ichikawa Denz˘ I at the Nakamuraza, playing as a tachiyaku in the drama "Koromo Yayoi Hanago no Keizu".

6th lunar month of 1811: Denz˘ became the zagashira of a troupe of children-actors performing in a minor Edo theater called Yűkiza and managed by Yűki Magosabur˘; Denz˘ played the prestigious role of Sukeroku in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura".

8th lunar month of 1811: Denz˘ became wakaonnagata and played at the Moritaza the role of Ohan in the drama "Nui Narai Obiya Shinanoya".

7th lunar month of 1815: Denz˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Oume in the drama "Keisei Hangonk˘".

Summer 1815: Denz˘ became a disciple of the star Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII.

1815 ~ 1820: long stay in Kamigata.

11th lunar month of 1815: Ichikawa Denz˘ I took the name of Ichikawa Monnosuke III in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai, playing in the drama "Taiheiki Chűshin K˘shaku", which was produced by Nakamura Utagor˘.

4th lunar month of 1820: Monnosuke went back to Edo and played at the Kawarazakiza the roles of Chidori and Ofude in the jidaimono "Hirakana Seisuiki". He also played the prestigious role of Akoya in the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki"; the roles of Chichibu no Sh˘ji Shigetada and Iwanaga Saemon were played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII and Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ I.

7th lunar month of 1820: Monnosuke played in the same theater the role of Omiwa in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin".

9th lunar month of 1820: Monnosuke played in the same theater the role of Kuzu-no-Ha in the drama "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1821 (beginning of the month): Monnosuke achieved a great success at the Ichimuraza by playing the roles of Ono no Komachi and Sumizome the drama "Seki no To"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Omez˘ I (Sekibŕ, Kuronushi) and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII.

11th lunar month of 1821 (end of the month): premiere at the Kawarazakiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Imoseyama Hitome Senbon", which mixed the "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura" and "Imoseyama Onna Teikin" worlds; Monnosuke played the roles of Shizuka Gozen, Ky˘-no-Kimi and Osato [casting].

3rd lunar month of 1822: Monnosuke played at the Ichimuraza the role of Princess Yuki in the drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki"; the roles of Matsunaga Daizen and T˘kichi were played by Ichikawa Omez˘ I and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII.

3rd lunar month of 1823: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Ukiyogara Hiyoku no Inazuma"; Monnosuke played the role of Miuraya Hanamurasaki [casting].

5th lunar month of 1823: Monnosuke played at the Ichimuraza the roles of Haru and Tonami in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

7th lunar month of 1824: Monnosuke appeared on stage for the last time, playing at the Nakamuraza in the drama "ďt˘-no-Miya Asahi no Yoroi". He suddenly dies the 27th day of the 7th lunar month of 1824 [1] (food poisoning).

Comments:

Ichikawa Monnosuke III was a talented onnagata actor, who unfortunately died too young. In the beginning of the twenties, he was as popular as the actors Segawa Kikunoj˘ V and Iwai Kumesabur˘ II. He was also excellent in musical performances and was well-versed in the writing of comic poems (his pen name was Hanamichi Tsurane II).

[1] The 27th day of the 7th lunar month of the 7th year of the Bunsei era was the 21st of August 1824 in the western calendar.

Ichikawa Monnosuke III playing the role of Otani in the drama "Torimazete Sekison Miyage", which was staged in the 7th lunar month of 1823 at the Ichimuraza (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni I)

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1822

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1823

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1852

The Ichikawa Otora line of actors

The Ichikawa Monnosuke line of actors

 
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