|ICHIKAWA MONNOSUKE VIII|
Ichikawa Monnosuke VIII
Real name: S˘ma Takayuki
Line number: HACHIDAIME (VIII)
Birthday: 24 September 1959
Father: Ichikawa Monnosuke VII
February 1969: he makes his first appearance on stage at the Kabukiza, receiving the name of de Ichikawa Koyone II and playing the role of Rokudaikimi in the "Sushiya" act of the play "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".
April 1979: historic revival at the Meijiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV long-forgotten play "Haji Momiji Ase no Kaomise" (commonly called "Date no Jűyaku"); Koyone plays the role of Princess Miyagata [casting].
April 1987: Koyone 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].
December 1990: Ichikawa Koyone II takes the name of Ichikawa Monnosuke VIII at the Kabukiza, playing the role of Minamoto no Yoshitsune in the "Shi-no-Kiri" scene of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".
October 2003: revival at the National Theatre with the Omodakaya guild of Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Hade Kurabe Ise Monogatari"; Monnosuke plays the roles of Ariwara no Narihira and Isonokami Mameshir˘ [casting].
January 2008: revival at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ of "Narukami Fud˘ Kitayama Zakura", which celebrates the 1070th anniversary of the Naritasan temple, where the Deity Fud˘ My˘˘ is worshipped; Monnosuke plays the role of Fujiwara no Mototsune [casting].
June 2012: Monnosuke performs at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ in "Ogurusu no Ch˘bŕ", "Kawatsura H˘gen Yakata" and "Yamato Takeru", in a special program which celebrates the shűmei of both Ichikawa En'˘ II and Ichikawa Ennosuke IV, the hatsubutai of both Ichikawa Chűsha IX and Ichikawa Danko V and commemorates the 49th anniversary (50th memorial service) of late Ichikawa En'˘ I and Ichikawa Danshir˘ III.
Ichikawa Monnosuke VIII is a dynamic and talented member of the young actors troupe led by the star Ichikawa Ennosuke III.
Ichikawa Monnosuke VIII playing the role of Jűmonjiya Omon in the drama "Hitori Tabi Gojűsan Tsugi" in a print made by Tsuruya K˘kei in 1996
The Ichikawa Monnosuke line of actors
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