NAKAMURA SHďCHď

Stage names:

Nakamura Sh˘ch˘
Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II
Nakamura Seikichi

Guild: Nakamuraya

Poetry name: Sh˘ch˘

Existence: 1703 ~ 2nd day of the 9th lunar month of 1774

Connection:

Great-grandfather: Nakamura Kanzabur˘ I

Grandfather: Nakamura Kanzabur˘ II

Father: Nakamura Seizabur˘ I

Adoptive father: Nakamura Shichisabur˘ I

Son-in-law: Nakamura Shichiji

Grandsons: Nakamura Shichisabur˘ III (Nakamura Kanzabur˘ IX), Nakamura Shichisabur˘ IV

Disciples: Nakamura Sukegor˘ I, Narumi Goroshir˘ II

Career:

3rd day of the 2nd lunar month of 1708: his adoptive father Nakamura Shichisabur˘ I dies.

11th lunar month of 1710: Nakamura Seikichi takes the name of Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II at the Nakamuraza.

1st lunar month of 1711: Shichisabur˘ makes his first stage performance, as a koyaku actor, playing in the new year drama "Senrei Suehiro Soga", which is staged at the Nakamuraza.

Spring 1719: Shichisabur˘ becomes tachiyaku.

2nd lunar month of 1724: Shichisabur˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Tomoenoj˘ in the drama "Keisei Asama-ga-Dake", which commemorates the 16th anniversary (17th memorial service) of late Nakamura Shichisabur˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1731: Shichisabur˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Umezu Kamon in the new year drama "Keisei Fukubiki Nagoya" [casting].

11th lunar month of 1735: Shichisabur˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Hirai no Yasumasa in the kaomise drama "Tono Zukuri Shinoda Zuma".

5th lunar month of 1747: the play "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" is produced at the Nakamuraza for the first time; Shichisabur˘ plays the role of Kan Sh˘j˘ [casting].

1st lunar month of 1748: Shichisabur˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari in the new year drama "Kazari Ebi Yoroi Soga"; the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune is played by Onoe Kikugor˘ I.

5th lunar month of 1748: the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura" is performed for the first time in Edo, at the Nakamuraza; Shichisabur˘ plays the role of Yasuke [casting].

6th lunar month of 1749: the play "Kanadehon Chűshingura" is produced at the Nakamuraza for the first time; Shichisabur˘ plays the role of Hayano Kanpei [casting].

7th lunar month of 1751: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna", which is staged in Edo at the Nakamuraza; Shichisabur˘ plays the role of Date no Yosaku [casting].

11th lunar month of 1754: Shichisabur˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the roles of Minamoto Yoritomo and Honda Jir˘ (in reality Soga Tar˘) in the kaomise drama "Miura no ďsuke Bumon no Kotobuki", which celebrates the shűmei of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ III and Tsuuchi Monzabur˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1755: Shichisabur˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari and the Soga brothers' mother in the new year sogamono "Waka Midori Nishiki Soga".

7th lunar month of 1767: Shichisabur˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of the fox Genkur˘ in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

4th lunar month of 1768: Shichisabur˘ plays in the same theater the role of ďboshi Yuranosuke in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; his stage partners are Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV (Teraoka Heiemon) and Segawa Kikunoj˘ II (Okaru).

11th lunar month of 1770: great shűmei at the Nakamuraza; Matsumoto K˘shir˘ III, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV, Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II, Ichikawa Benz˘ I and Nakamura Shichinosuke I respectively take the names of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II, Nakamura Sh˘ch˘, Ichikawa Monnosuke II and Nakamura Shichisabur˘ III during the kaomise program "Nue no Mori Ichiy˘ no Mato", which also celebrates the arrival of Ichikawa Danz˘ III and Yamashita Kinsaku II at the Nakamuraza.

2nd lunar month of 1773: the Nakamuraza celebrates its 150th anniversary; Sh˘ch˘ performs with Nakamura Kanzabur˘ VII and Nakamura Denkur˘ II in the auspicious dances "Kadomatsu" and "Shimbochi Daiko".

11th lunar month of 1773: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the play "Gohiiki Kanjinch˘", performed as a kaomise drama. Sh˘ch˘ plays the role of Kawagoe Shigeyori [casting]. This 46-days long performance, which is also the shűmei of Nakamura Rik˘ I, is a tremendous success.

7th lunar month of 1774: Sh˘ch˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Nakamuraza, playing the roles of Kan Sh˘j˘ and En'ya Hangan in the dramas "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" and "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

2nd day of the 9th lunar month of 1774: Sh˘ch˘ dies in Edo.

Comments:

Nakamura Sh˘ch˘ was an outstanding tachiyaku actor, who spent all his career in Edo. He was the worthy heir of his legendary grandfather Nakamura Shichisabur˘ I. His fields of excellence were wagoto, yatsushigoto and bud˘goto. His most notable roles were Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari, which he performed in 26 new year sogamono, and Kan Sh˘j˘ ("Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"), which he performed four times.

Nakamura Sh˘ch˘ playing the role of Sasaki Moritsuna in Nakamura Jűsuke II's new year drama "Haru ha Soga Akebono Z˘shi", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1772 at the Nakamuraza

Print made by Torii Kiyohiro in 1753

The Nakamura Shichisabur˘ line of actors

 
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