Chikugo no Shibai
ďnishi no Shibai
12th lunar month of 1768: the play "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki" is simultaneously staged at the ďnishi no Shibai and the Naka no Shibai. The actors Arashi Hinasuke I and Nakayama Bunshichi I, compete for the best performance in the role of Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ and the title of ďsaka best tachiyaku. "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki" is produced at the ďnishi no Shibai by Yamashita Yaoz˘ I with the following casting:
8th lunar month of 1841: great performances of the Edo star Onoe Kikugor˘ III at the ďnishi no Shibai; he plays the roles of ďboshi Yuranosuke, K˘ no Moron˘, Hayano Kampei and Tonase in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura". He also plays the roles of Sakuramaru, Takebe Genz˘ and Kan Sh˘j˘ in "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". The roles of Okaru, Tonami and Yae are played by Arashi Tokusabur˘ III.
9th lunar month of 1841: Onoe Kikugor˘ III plays at the ďnishi no Shibai the roles of Tokubei and Kikuichi in the drama "Tenjiku Tokubei Ikoku Banashi". He also plays the roles of Oiwa, Kohei and Yomoshichi in "T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan".
11th lunar month of 1843: Arashi Tokusabur˘ III takes the name of Arashi Rikan III at the ďnishi no Shibai.
2nd lunar month of 1847: Nakamura Shibaz˘ I takes the name of Nakamura Gizaemon at the Chikugo no Shibai.
5th lunar month of 1854: Ichikawa Danz˘ VI plays for the first time the role of Shunkan in the drama "Heike Nyogo-ga-Shima", which is staged at the Chikugo no Shibai. His stage partners are Nakamura Tamashichi I (Chidori) and Arashi Rikaku II (Senoo Tar˘).
4th lunar month of 1871: Nakamura Umenosuke joins the star Arashi Rikan IV and takes the name of Arashi Kitsusabur˘ IV, playing 3 roles in the drama "Katakiuchi Mid˘ Mae", which is staged at the Chikugo no Shibai.
October 1873: premiere at the Chikugo no Shibai of Katsu Genz˘ II's drama "Kimi-wa-Fune Nami no Uwajima", which is staged with the following casting:
End of February 1876: a fire breaks out in the Western wing of the Chikugoza and destroys all the D˘tombori theaters.
September 1876: the theater is rebuilt and is renamed Ebisuza.
October 1881: premiere at the Ebisuza of Katsu Genz˘ III's drama "Ogasawara Shorei no Oku no Te", which is staged with the following casting:
October 1887: the Ebisuza is renamed Naniwaza.
November 1893: the puppet drama "Kamiko Jitate Ry˘men Kagami" is adapted to Kabuki for the first time, in ďsaka at the Naniwaza; it is staged with the following casting:
29 April 1904: the Naniwaza is destroyed by fire.
13 March 1945: the Naniwaza is destroyed during the bombing of ďsaka.
Illustrated program for the 1887 opening of the Naniwaza
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