ICHIKAWA MONNOSUKE VII

Stage names:

Ichikawa Monnosuke VII
Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ III
Ichikawa Takashi I

Real name: S˘ma Takashi

Guild: Takinoya

Line number: SHICHIDAIME (VII)

Poetry name: Hakugyo

Crest: four maple leaves

Existence: 7 September 1928 ~ 13 October 1990

Connections:

Adoptive father: Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ II

Master: Ichimura Uzaemon XV

Son: Ichikawa Monnosuke VIII

Son-in-law: Ichikawa Komaz˘ XI

Disciples: Ichikawa K˘sha, Ichikawa Takashi II, Ichikawa Takijir˘, Ichikawa Takiyuki

Career:

April 1935: first stage appearance at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘, where he receives the name of Ichikawa Takashi and plays in the dance "Onatsu Ky˘ran".

August 1940: his adoptive father Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ II dies.

May 1945: his master Ichimura Uzaemon XV dies.

August 1946: Ichikawa Takashi becomes nadai and takes the name of Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ III.

July 1951: premiere at the Kabukiza of Uno Nobuo's drama "Jiisan Baasan"; Sh˘ch˘ plays the role of Kyűya's wife Kiku [casting].

July 1953: revival at the Meijiza of Kawatake Shinshichi III's 1878 drama "Tsűzoku Saiyűki"; Sh˘ch˘ plays the role of the kanjo Sakan [casting].

May 1954: Sh˘ch˘ achieves a great success at the Kabukiza with his performance in the drama "Genji Monogatari".

October 1955: first Kabuki tour in the Popular Republic of China, in Beijing (2~13 october), Shanghai (17~18 october) and Guangzhou (24~25 october); Sh˘ch˘ plays the role of Hanako in the dance "Meoto D˘j˘ji" [more details]. Sh˘ch˘ has the opportunity to meet the stars of the Chinese Traditional Opera like the famous Mei Lan-Fang.

March 1956: premiere in Kabuki at the Meijiza of H˘j˘ Hideji's drama "Ii Tair˘"; Sh˘ch˘ plays the role of Masako-no-Kata [more details].

February 1960: premiere at the Kabukiza of Uno Nobuo's drama "Shiranui Kengy˘"; Sh˘ch˘ plays the role of Shichibei's wife Oshin [casting].

April 1960: premiere at the Kabukiza of Hagiwara Yukio's dance-drama "Onizoroi Momijigari"; Sh˘ch˘ plays the role of a female retainer, in reality a female demon [casting].

February 1962: Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ III takes the name of Ichikawa Monnosuke VII at the Kabukiza, playing in "Izumo Okuni" and "Kusazuribiki".

November 1962: revival at the Kabukiza of the drama "Fud˘", which belongs to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Monnosuke plays the role of the koshimoto Tsuruha, in reality Kumedera Danj˘'s sister Matsugae [more details].

October 1965: Monnosuke takes part in the first Kabuki tour in Western Europe, playing the roles of Chidori and Kaoyo Gozen in the dramas "Heike Nyogo no Shima" and "Kanadehon Chűshingura" [casting].

March 1967: revival at the National Theatre of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", which is supervised by Gunji Masakatsu; Monnosuke plays the role of Yoshida Matsuwaka [casting].

March 1975: revival at the National Theatre of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Jiraiya G˘ketsu Monogatari"; Monnosuke plays the role of Ayame [casting].

April 1976: revival at the Meijiza of Katsu Genz˘ III's drama "Ogasawara S˘d˘"; Monnosuke plays the roles of Odai-no-Kata and Ohaya [casting].

April 1977: revival at the Meijiza of Katsu Genz˘ II's drama "Kimi-wa-Fune Nami no Uwajima"; Monnosuke plays the roles of Hatsune and Otatsu [casting].

May 1977: revival at the Minamiza of Katsu Genz˘ III's drama "Ogasawara S˘d˘"; Monnosuke plays the roles of Odai-no-Kata and Ohaya [casting].

July 1977: revival at the Kabukiza of Katsu Genz˘ III's drama "Ogasawara S˘d˘"; Monnosuke plays the roles of Odai-no-Kata and Ohaya [casting].

July 1980: revival at the Kabukiza of the never-performed 5th act of "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura"; Monnosuke plays the role of Shizuka Gozen [more details].

March 1981: revival at the National Theatre of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Jitsugetsusei Ky˘wa Seidan"; Monnosuke plays the role of the okujochű Takekawa, in reality K˘jűr˘'s sister Otsuta [casting].

July 1981: revival at the Kabukiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Hitori Tabi Gojűsan Tsugi"; Monnosuke plays the role of Osode [casting].

June 1983: Monnosuke receives a special cultural prize awarded by the city of Bolognia in Italy.

April 1987: Monnosuke takes part in the revival at the Meijiza of the play "Jűni Hitoe Komachi Zakura", which includes the famous Tokiwazu-based dance-drama "Tsumoru Koi Yuki no seki no To" [more details].

July 1990: Monnosuke appears on stage for the last time, at the Kabukiza, where he plays the role of Izutsuya Denbŕ in the drama "Horikawa"; his stage partners are Ichikawa Danshir˘ IV (the sarumawashi Yojir˘) and Nakamura Shibajaku VII (Oshun).

13 October 1990: Monnosuke dies.

Comments:

Ichikawa Monnosuke VII was an outstanding supporting onnagata and nimaime, trained by two great actors, Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ II for the onnagata roles and Ichimura Uzaemon XV for the tachiyaku roles. He performed a lot with Ichikawa Ennosuke II from 1945, became a leading actor at the T˘yoko Hall (T˘ky˘) and later on the tateonnagata of the troupe led by Ichikawa Ennosuke III. He was a well-cultivated man who took part in many TV Quizz shows.

Ichikawa Monnosuke VII playing the role of the courtesan Shiratama in the drama "Kurotegami Kuruwa no Tatehiki" in a print made by Tsuruya K˘kei in September 1989
Print courtesy of Castle Fine Arts, Inc. (all rights reserved)

The Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ line of actors

The Ichikawa Monnosuke line of actors

 
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