|ICHIKAWA MONNOSUKE V|
Line number: GODAIME (V)
Poetry names: Fűsha, Shinsha
Existence:1821 ~ 12 September 1878
Sons: Ichikawa Fusamaru, Ichikawa Benz˘
Adopted son: Ichikawa Metora I
1821 ~ 1844: born in Edo. His father managed a restaurant in the district of Higashi-Ry˘goku. He started his career as a disciple of the actor Segawa Kikunoj˘ V, who gave him the name of Segawa Michitar˘. Later on, he joined the Iwai clan, becoming a disciple of Iwai Hanshir˘ V and performing under the name of Iwai Kumetar˘. Following his master in a Kamigata tour, he met the young actor Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VI, who welcomed him as a disciple and gave him the name of Matsumoto Shichiz˘ III.
1st lunar month of 1845: Matsumoto Shichiz˘ III became disciple of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V and received the name of Ichikawa Shinsha I at the Kawarazakiza, performing in the drama "Sakigake Genji Soga no Tehajime".
Spring 1853: tour in Nagoya and Ise.
1st lunar month of 1860: the 1762 puppet drama "Kishi no Himematsu Kutsuwa Kagami" (commonly called "Kishi Hime") was adapted for the first time to Kabuki, in Edo at the Moritaza; it was integrated within the new year sogamono "Momo Chidori Nigiwai Soga" and Shinsha played the role of Iihara Hy˘e's wife Fujimaki [casting].
2nd lunar month of 1867: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's new year sogamono "Keisei Soga Kuruwa Kagami", in which was premiered the drama "Oshizu Reiza"; Shinsha plays the roles of the Okushűya ny˘b˘ Otami and Tokusai's daughter Otoku [more details].
2nd lunar month of 1870: Ichikawa Shinsha I took the name of Ichikawa Monnosuke V at the Ichimuraza, performing in the drama "H˘rai Soga Shima Monogatari".
August ~ September 1878: he worked with his son Ichikawa Benz˘ for the reopening of the Ichimuraza but he suddenly fell ill and died the 12th of September 1878.
Ichikawa Monnosuke V was a talented supporting actor, who played a major role in the transmission of the art and kata of the Bunka/Bunsei era to the Meiji rising stars. He was trained as a onnagata in the two most important Edo onnagata clans (Segawa and Iwai), and had the chance to share many stages in Kamigata with the actor Nakamura Tomijűr˘ II. He was specialized in spouse or fukeoyama roles, in sewamono or jidaimono dramas. In his latter years, he also performed tachiyaku roles. He was highly praised by the star Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX.
Ichikawa Monnosuke V playing the role of Osetsu in the drama "Ura Omote Yanagi no Uchiwae", which was staged in August 1875 at the Nakamuraza (print made by Toyohara Kunichika)
The Matsumoto Shichiz˘ line of actors
The Ichikawa Monnosuke line of actors
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