|ICHIKAWA MONNOSUKE VII|
Ichikawa Monnosuke VII
Real name: S˘ma Takashi
Line number: SHICHIDAIME (VII)
Poetry name: Hakugyo
Crest: four maple leaves
Existence: 7 September 1928 ~ 13 October 1990
Adoptive father: Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ II
Master: Ichimura Uzaemon XV
Son-in-law: Ichikawa Komaz˘ XI
Disciples: Ichikawa K˘sha, Ichikawa Takashi II, Ichikawa Takijir˘, Ichikawa Takiyuki
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.
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.
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].
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].
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.
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
The Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ line of actors
The Ichikawa Monnosuke line of actors
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