Poetry name: Sench˘, Shiraku
Existence: 1799 ~ 24th day of the 8th lunar month of 1847
Master: Nakamura Utaemon III
11th lunar month of 1804: he makes his debut on stage (hatsubutai), at the Nakamuraza where he receives the name of Iwai Kiyotar˘ III and performs as a koyaku in the kaomise drama "Kiku Zum˘ Mikurai Sadame", which celebrates the shűmei of Iwai Hanshir˘ V, Ichikawa Yaoz˘ IV and Nakayama Bunshichi III.
1815: Kiyotar˘ goes to Kamigata.
1817: he performs under the name of Ichikawa Yaoz˘ (his father's name!) while touring in Ise.
11th lunar month of 1819: he takes the name of Iwai Sench˘.
11th lunar month of 1819: he takes the name of Nakamura Shibajűr˘ at the Kado no Shibai, playing the role of Kanaya Zensuke in the drama "Yorokobiariya Hokut˘ no Isaoshi".
1831: Shibajűr˘ goes back to Edo.
13th day of the 7th lunar month of 1838: his master Nakamura Tamasuke dies.
11th lunar month of 1843: Shibajűr˘ performs at the Kawarasakiza, in the drama "Osana Gunp˘ Jűroku Musashi", which celebrates the shűmei of Arashi Koroku V; his main stage partners are Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV, Seki Sanjűr˘ III, Nakamura Utaemon IV, Onoe Eizabur˘ III and Segawa Kikusabur˘ III.
3rd day of the 7th lunar month of 1845: his father Ichikawa Yaoz˘ IV dies.
24th day of the 8th lunar month of 1847: Shibajűr˘ dies in Edo.
Nakamura Shibajűr˘ was a 19th century actor, born and trained in Edo, who spent 16 years in Kamigata where he became a disciple of the Kamigata star Nakamura Utaemon III. This big-sized actor was outstanding in sewamono supporting roles, especially oyajigata (in his latter years) or katakiyaku roles.
Nakamura Shibajűr˘ playing the role of Gembeihori no Gembei in the drama "Ny˘bo Zakari Naka-mo Yoshibei", which was staged in the 9th lunar month of 1838 at the Nakamuraza (print made by Utagawa Kunisada I)
The Iwai Kiyotar˘ line of actors
The Ichikawa Yaoz˘ line of actors
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