SAWAMURA SJR VIII

Stage names:

Sawamura Sjr VIII In Japanese
Sawamura Tossh IV In Japanese
Ichikawa Shen In Japanese
Sawamura Tossh IV In Japanese
Sawamura Genpei V In Japanese

Real name: Sawamura Hisatoshi (?)

Line number: HACHIDAIME (VIII)

Guild: Kinokuniya

Poetry name: Kga

Crest: the syllabic ideogram "i" in a circle [in Japanese: ]

Existence: 8 January 1908 ~ 25 December 1975

Connections:

Father: Sawamura Sjr VII

Adoptive father: Ichikawa Sadanji II

Brothers: Suketakaya Takasuke V, Sawamura Tanosuke V

Sons: Sawamura Sjr IX, Sawamura Tjr II

Career:

January 1908: born in Tky in the district of Asakusa.

November 1913: he appears on stage for the first time, receiving the name of Sawamura Genpei V.

April 1926: Sawamura Genpei V takes the name of Sawamura Tossh IV.

November 1929: he is adopted by the star Ichikawa Sadanji II, who gives him the name of Ichikawa Shen. Revival at the Kabukiza of the drama "Kan U", which belongs to the Kabuki Jhachiban; Shen plays the role of Kagekiyo's daughter Hitomaru [casting].

January 1933: Shen plays at the Shinjuku Shinkabukiza the role of Sodehagi in the drama "sh Adachi-ga-Hara".

September 1935: Shen plays at the Kabukiza (Nagoya) the role of Okaru in the michiyuki "Ochiudo". His stage partners in the roles of Hayano Kanpei and Bannai are Ichikawa Komaz IX and Suketakaya Takasuke V.

October 1936: dispute with Ichikawa Sadanji II; Ichikawa Shen leaves the Ichikawa clan and takes back his previous name of Sawamura Tossh IV.

May 1938: Tossh plays at the Kabukiza the role of Chiyo in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". His stage partners are Onoe Kikugor VI (Genz), Nakamura Kichiemon I (Matsumaru) and Onoe Kikujir IV (Tonami).

June 1942: revival at the Kabukiza of the drama "Kan U", which belongs to the Kabuki Jhachiban; Tossh plays the role of Kagekiyo's daughter Hitomaru [casting].

May 1947: revival at the Tky Gekij of the drama "Jayanagi"; Tossh plays the role of Honda's sister Umegae [more details].

September 1953: Sawamura Tossh IV and his son Sawamura Genpei VI take respectively the names of Sawamura Sjr VIII and Sawamura Tossh V at the Kabukiza; the new Sjr plays the roles of Sakuramaru and Yshide in "Kamo Zutsumi"/"Kurumabiki" and "Imorizake".

January 1955: Sjr plays for the first time the role of Mank, the Soga Brothers' mother, in the play "Sukeroku Kuruwa no Momoyogusa", which is performed at the Kabukiza. The role of Sukeroku is played by Nakamura Kanzabur XVII.

March 1956: Sjr plays at the Tyoko Hall (Tky) the role of Fujiya Izaemon in the drama "Kuruwa Bunsh". The role of the courtesan Ygiri is played by his son Sawamura Tossh V.

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

June 1958: revival at the Tyoko Hall of the drama "Kishi no Himematsu Kutsuwa Kagami"; Sjr plays the role of Iihara Hye's wife Fujimaki [more details].

November 1959: revival at the Kabukiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh", which is supervised by Mishima Yukio; Sjr plays the role of Katsushika no Oj [casting].

February 1960: premiere at the Kabukiza of Uno Nobuo's drama "Shiranui Kengy"; Sjr plays the role of Iwai Tjr [casting].

June 1962: revival at the Kabukiza under the supervision of Takechi Tetsuji of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Keisei Yamato Zshi"; Sjr plays the role of Komaki's mother Higaki [more details].

June 1963: Namiki Shz I's drama "Yadonashi Danshichi Shigure no Karakasa" is produced for the first time at the Kabukiza; Sjr plays the role of Jisuke's wife Okaji [casting].

April 1966: Sjr plays pour the last time the role of Mank in the play "Sukeroku Kuruwa no Momoyogusa", which is staged at the Kabukiza. The role of Sukeroku is played by Nakamura Kanzabur XVII.

January 1967: revival at the National Theatre of "Narukami Fud Kitayama Zakura"; Sjr plays the role of Ono Saemon Harumichi [casting].

March 1967: revival at the National Theatre of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh", which is supervised by Gunji Masakatsu; Sjr plays the role of Katsushika no Oj [casting].

September 1967: Sjr plays at the Kabukiza the role of the servant Kichisuke, in reality Rai Tar Kunitoshi, in the drama "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari".

October 1967: Sjr plays at the Kabukiza the roles of Hayase and Koman in "Moritsuna Jin'ya" and "Sanemori Monogatari"; he also takes part in a special kj which commemorates the 22nd anniversary (23rd memorial service) of the passing away of Ichimura Uzaemon XV and celebrates the shmei of Ichimura Yoshigor II, Ichimura Kakitsu IX and Band Takesabur V.

November 1967: Sjr appears on stage for the last time, in Tky at the Kabukiza, where he plays the role of Tenmaya Sb in the drama "Sonezaki Shinj". He falls ill the 10th and is replaced by Kataoka Ichiz V.

25 December 1975: Sjr dies.

Comments:

Sawamura Sjr VIII was both onnagata and nimaime. He did not reach the levels of fame of his father Sawamura Sjr VII but he had the reputation to be the best actor for onnagata supporting roles.

Sawamura Sjr VIII's best roles: Fuji-no-Kata ("Kumagai Jin'ya"), Tonami ("Terakoya"), Hayase ("mi Genji Senjin Yakata"), Nureginu ("Honch Nijshik"), Oishi ("Kanadehon Chshingura") and Ohana ("Toribeyama Shinj").

The Sawamura Genpei line of actors

The Sawamura Tossh line of actors

The Sawamura Sjr line of actors

 
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