NAKAMURA SHICHINOSUKE II

Stage name:

Nakamura Shichinosuke II In Japanese

Real name: Namino Takayuki

Guild: Nakamuraya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Birthday: 18 May 1983

Connections:

Great-great-great-great-grandfathers: Onoe Kikugor˘ III, Ichimura Uzaemon XI

Great-great-great-grandfather: Ichimura Takenoj˘ V

Great-great-grandfathers: Onoe Kikugor˘ V, Nakamura Karoku I, Nakamura Utaemon V

Great-grandfathers: Onoe Kikugor˘ VI, Nakamura Karoku III, Nakamura Fukusuke V

Grandfathers: Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII, Nakamura Shikan VII

Father: Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII

Brother: Nakamura Kankur˘ VI

Career:

September 1986: he makes his first appearance on stage at the Kabukiza.

January 1987: he receives the name of Nakamura Shichinosuke II at the Kabukiza, playing the role of the youngest Momotar˘ in the drama "Kadonde Futari Momotar˘" ("The two Momotar˘" - his eldest brother Nakamura Kantar˘ II plays the role of the eldest Momotar˘).

August 1990: revival at the Kabukiza of the kaidanmono "Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki"; Shichinosuke plays the role of Oseki's boy Mayotar˘ [casting]

June 1991: premiere at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ of Hagiwara Yukio's dance-drama "Sakuragawa"; Shichinosuke plays the role of Sakura [casting].

1 January 2001: Shichinosuke, his father and his brother perform in the dance "Renjishi" at the break of New Year in Naruto, east of T˘ky˘, on a temporary stage built on the shore of the Kujukuri Beach.

June 2001: 4th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki with the production of "Sannin Kichisa"; Shichinosuke plays the role of Jűzabur˘ [more details].

2003: Shichinosuke plays the role of Emperor Meiji in Edward Zwick's movie "The Last Samurai".

June 2003: 5th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki with the production of "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; Shichinosuke plays the role of the courtesan Kotoura [more details].

July 2004: Fifth edition of the Heisei Nakamuraza, staged abroad for the first time; Nakamura Kankur˘ and his troupe, which includes Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Senjaku, Band˘ Yajűr˘, Kataoka Kamez˘ and Shichinosuke, perform in Boston (8~10 July, Cutler Majestic Theatre), New York City (17~25 July, Lincoln Center) and Washington DC (28 July, Warner Theater). In Boston and Washington, the troupe presents the dances "B˘ Shibari" and "Renjishi". In New York, an Edo 545-seat traditional theater is built within the Lincoln Center and the troupe presents the great Kamigata drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" [more details].

30 january 2005: Police arrests Shichinosuke on the spot for punching a police officer in T˘ky˘'s Bunky˘ Ward after a taxi driver complained that the young actor did not pay for his ride (it looks like a cheap tachimawari!). We have to go back to 1871 to find the previous arrest of a Kabuki actor by the police (the involvement of Ichikawa Gonjűr˘ in a murder).

March 2005: as a punishment for the January face-punching event, Shichinosuke is not allowed to take part in his father's great shűmei.

June 2005: 6th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki (the first one without Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII) with the production of "Sakura Hime"; Shichinosuke plays the role of Awazu Shichir˘ [more details].

March~April 2006: 7th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki with the production (in two different programs) of "T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan"; Shichinosuke plays the roles of Oume or Osode [more details].

June 2007: 8th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki with the production of "Sannin Kichisa"; Shichinosuke plays the role of Otose [more details].

July 2007: second Heisei Nakamuraza tour in the USA, in New York (Lincoln Center, 16~22 July) and Washington (Warner Theatre, 26 July); Shichinosuke plays in New York the roles of the Lion cub and Princess Nowake in "Renjishi" and "Sumidagawa Gonichi no Omokage". He also plays in Washington the roles of Suruga Jir˘ and Tar˘kaja in "Kanjinch˘" and "Migawari Zazen" [more details].

May~June 2008: first Heisei Nakamuraza tour in Europe, in Berlin at the The House of World Cultures (Germany) from the 14th to the 21st of May 2008 and in Sibiu (Rumania) from the 29th of May to the 1st of June 2008 for the International Theatre Festival; Shichinosuke plays the role of the keisei Kotoura in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" [casting].

June 2008: 9th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki with the production of "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; Shichinosuke plays the roles of Tokubŕ's wife Otatsu and the keisei Kotoura [more details].

July 2009: 10th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki [more details].

September 2009: Heisei Nakamuraza in Nagoya [more details].

February 2010: revival at the Kabukiza of the Nagauta-based dance "Tsume˘", which is staged to commemorate the 22nd anniversary (23rd memorial service) of late Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII; Shichinosuke plays the role of the falcon Fubuki [casting].

June 2010: 11th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki [more details].

July 2010: Heisei Nakamuraza in Matsumoto [more details].

February 2014: revival at the Kabukiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Kokoro no Nazo Toketa Iroito"; Shichinosuke plays the roles of Hantoki Kurobŕ's wife Otoki and Ofusa's sister Ofusa [more details].

June 2014: 14th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki [more details].

July 2014: third Heisei Nakamuraza performances in New York City, from the 7th to the 12th of July at the Rose Theater (in the Lincoln Center); Shichinosuke performs in the summer kaidanmono "Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki" [more details].

October 2014: the October Grand Kabuki at the Kabukiza commemorates the 26th anniversary (27th memorial service) and the 2nd anniversary (3rd memorial service) of late Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII and late Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII [more details].

June 2016: 15th edition of the Cocoon Kabuki [more details].

Comments:

Nakamura Shichinosuke II is a young promising actor. He will most likely take in a near future the prestigious name of Nakamura Shichisabur˘ VI !
[More data in Japanese]

Official internet website: http://www.mypixel.co.jp/kabuki/nakamura/shichinosuke.html

The mon of Nakamura Shichinosuke II (the ginkgo tree)

The Nakamura Shichinosuke line of actors

 
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