NAKAMURA SHIKAKU II

Stage names:

Nakamura Shikaku II
Nakamura Utanosuke III
Nakamura Yoshimaru II

Real name: Sobue Yoshio

Guild: Shinkomaya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry name: Keishű (?)

Existence: 14 April 1900 ~ 3 September 1981

Connections:

Adoptive father: Nakamura Denkur˘ VI

Master: Nakamura Utaemon V

Career:

February 1905: first stage appearance, at the Shintomiza, where he receives the name of Nakamura Yoshimaru II and plays a kamuro role in the drama "Kagotsurube Sato no Eizame".

November 1911: Nakamura Yoshimaru II takes the name of Nakamura Utanosuke III at the Kabukiza. This name, which was first used by Nakamura Utaemon I, is given to him by his new master Nakamura Utaemon V, who celebrates his shűmei.

May 1919: Nakamura Shikaku I and his adopted son Nakamura Utanosuke III respectively take the names of Nakamura Denkur˘ VI and Nakamura Shikaku II at the Kabukiza; the new Shikaku plays in the drama "Tanzen Asaina".

20 July 1923: his adoptive father Nakamura Denkur˘ VI dies.

October 1926: Shűch˘ plays at the Kabukiza the role of Tonase's daughter Konami in the acts VIII and IX of the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; the roles of Tonase's husband Honz˘ and Tonase are played by Ichikawa Chűsha VII and Band˘ Shűch˘ III.

September 1930: revival at the Meijiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", produced under the title "T˘ryű Azuma Bunsh˘"; Shikaku plays the role of Katsushika no Ojű [casting].

February 1934: premiere at the Kabukiza of "ďishi Saigo no Ichinichi", the tenth and last play of Mayama Seika's cycle "Genroku Chűshingura"; Shikaku plays the role of Tominomori Sukeemon [casting].

November 1938: premiere at the Kabukiza of "Nambuzaka no Yuki Wakare", the sixth play of Mayama Seika's cycle "Genroku Chűshingura"; Shikaku plays the role of the koshimoto Yosame [casting].

January 1940: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of "Ohama Goten Tsunatoyo-ky˘", the fifth play of Mayama Seika's cycle "Genroku Chűshingura"; Shikaku plays the role of Okiyo [casting].

12 September 1940: his master Nakamura Utaemon V dies.

March 1953: premiere at the Kabukiza of Osaragi Jir˘'s drama "Edo no Yűbae"; Shikaku plays the role of Kamon's wife Omura [casting].

February 1955: Izumi Ky˘ka's drama "Tenshu Monogatari" is staged for the first time with Kabuki actors, at the Kabukiza; Shikaku plays the role of Shitanaga Uba [casting].

March 1956: premiere in Kabuki at the Meijiza of H˘j˘ Hideji's drama "Ii Tair˘"; Shikaku plays the role of Minabe [more details].

July 1956: revival at the Kabukiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Sumidagawa Hana no Goshozome", commonly called "Onna Seigen"; Shikaku plays the role of the tsubone Sanuki [more details].

November 1959: revival at the Kabukiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", which is supervised by Mishima Yukio; Shikaku plays the role of Nagaura [casting].

February 1960: premiere at the Kabukiza of Uno Nobuo's drama "Shiranui Kengy˘"; Shikaku plays the role of Otsuma [casting].

March 1961: the actors Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII and Shikaku sign exclusive contracts with the T˘h˘ and leave the Sh˘chiku.

July 1963: revival at the Yomiuri Hall in T˘ky˘ of Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Kuwanaya Tokuz˘ Irifune Monogatari"; Shikaku plays the roles of Ohama and Omata Sandayű [casting].

1975: Shikaku joins back the Sh˘chiku.

February 1979: revision by Uno Nobuo at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ of Sakurada Jisuke III's drama "Sanzes˘ Nishiki Bunsh˘"; Shikaku plays the role of the old woman at the Sanzu river [casting].

February 1981: Shikaku appears on stage for the last time, playing at the Kabukiza the role of Shitanaga Uba in Izumi Ky˘ka's drama "Tenshu Monogatari".

Comments:

Nakamura Shikaku II was an important 20th century supporting onnagata actor.

"Active in both T˘ky˘ and ďsaka, he was well versed in old onnagata customs and wrote books such as "Kabuki Zuihistu" ("Kabuki Jottings") and "Yakusha no Sekai" ("The Actor's World")." (Samuel Leiter in "New Kabuki Encyclopedia")

Nakamura Shikaku II playing the role of Shizuka Gozen in a print made by Natori Shunsen in 1925

The Nakamura Utanosuke line of actors

The Nakamura Shikaku line of actors

 
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