|ICHIKAWA MONNOSUKE III|
Other name: Hanamichi Tsurane II
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
Father: Ichikawa Omez˘ I
Brother: Ichikawa Monnosuke IV
1794 ~ 1808: born in Edo. Elder sop of the actor Ichikawa Omez˘ I, he appears on stage for the first time in 1801, receiving the name of Ichikawa Benmatsu. Later on, he takes the name of Ichikawa Otora I at an unknown date.
6th lunar month of 1811: Denz˘ becomes the zagashira of a troupe of children-actors performing in a minor Edo theater called Yűkiza and managed by Yűki Magosabur˘; Denz˘ plays the prestigious role of Sukeroku in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura".
Summer 1815: Denz˘ becomes a disciple of the star Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII.
1815 ~ 1820: long stay in Kamigata.
11th lunar month of 1815: Ichikawa Denz˘ I takes the name of Ichikawa Monnosuke III in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai, playing in the drama "Taiheiki Chűshin K˘shaku", which is produced by Nakamura Utagor˘.
4th lunar month of 1820: Monnosuke goes back to Edo and plays at the Kawarazakiza the roles of Chidori and Ofude in the jidaimono "Hirakana Seisuiki". He also plays the prestigious role of Akoya in the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki"; the roles of Chichibu no Sh˘ji Shigetada and Iwanaga Saemon are played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII and Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ I.
7th lunar month of 1820: Monnosuke plays in the same theater the role of Omiwa in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin".
9th lunar month of 1820: Monnosuke plays 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 achieves a great success at the Ichimuraza by playing the roles of Ono no Komachi and Sumizome the drama "Seki no To"; his stage partners are Ichikawa Omez˘ I (Sekibei, Kuronushi) and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII.
11th lunar month of 1821 (end of the month): premiere at the Kawarazakiza of Tsuruya Namboku IV's drama "Imoseyama Hitome Sembon", which mixes the "Yoshitsune Sembon Zakura" and "Imoseyama Onna Teikin" worlds; Monnosuke plays the roles of Shizuka Gozen, Ky˘ no Kimi and Osato [casting].
3rd lunar month of 1822: Monnosuke plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Princess Yuki in the drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki"; the roles of Matsunaga Daizen and T˘kichi are played by Ichikawa Omez˘ I and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII.
7th lunar month of 1824: Monnosuke appears 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 (food poisoning).
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).
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)
The Ichikawa Otora line of actors
The Ichikawa Monnosuke line of actors
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