|NAKAMURA SHIKAKU II|
Nakamura Shikaku II
Real name: Sobue Yoshio
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Poetry name: Keishű (?)
Existence: 14 April 1900 ~ 3 September 1981
Adoptive father: Nakamura Denkur˘ VI
Master: Nakamura Utaemon V
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].
12 September 1940: his master Nakamura Utaemon V dies.
February 1955: second edition at the Kabukiza from the 24th to the 27th of February of the Tsubomikai, a study group led by Nakamura Utaemon VI [more details]. Izumi Ky˘ka's drama "Tenshu Monogatari" is staged for the first time with Kabuki actors; Shikaku plays the role of Shitanaga Uba in "Tenshu Monogatari" [casting].
March 1961: the actors Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII and Shikaku sign exclusive contracts with the T˘h˘ and leave the Sh˘chiku.
1975: Shikaku joins back the Sh˘chiku.
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 1926
The Nakamura Utanosuke line of actors
The Nakamura Shikaku line of actors
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