IMPERIAL THEATER
   
Names Teikoku Gekij˘
Imperial Theater
ThÚÔtre ImpÚrial
City T˘ky˘
History

March 1911: opening of the Imperial Theater; the project is led by the businessman Shibusawa Eiichi and the three leading actors of the Kabuki troupe based in this theater are Onoe Baik˘ VI (onnagata), Ichikawa Komaz˘ VIII (tachiyaku) and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII (wagotoshi).

November 1911: Ichikawa Komaz˘ VIII takes at the Imperial Theater the prestigious name of Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII, which has not been held since 11th lunar month of 1846.

September 1914: premiere at the Imperial Theater of the dance "Onatsu Ky˘ran"; the roles of Onatsu and the pack-horse driver are played by Onoe Baik˘ VI and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII.

28 ~ 30 June 1915: first program of the Bungeiza at the Imperial Theater; the Bungeiza is a theater study group led by Morita Kan'ya XIII, which focuses on new productions (Shinkabuki, modern theater) and also the adaptations of Western plays, .

March 1921: premiere at the Imperial Theater of the dance-drama "Chatsubo", which is adapted from ky˘gen to Kabuki by Okamura Shik˘ and stars Onoe Kikugor˘ VI and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII in the roles of the countryside servant Magoroku and the thief Kumataka Tar˘.

February 1922: revival at the Imperial Theater of the Nagauta-based dance-drama "Tsuki no Kao Monaka no Natorigusa", which is entitled "Oniji Hy˘shimai" and staged for the first gala of the Hagoromokai from the 26th to the 28th of February 1922 with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Osada Tar˘ Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII
Matsu-no-Mae Nakamura Fukusuke V

July 1922: premiere at the Imperial Theater of Tanizaki Jun'ichir˘'s drama "Okuni to Gohei", which is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Gohei Band˘ Jusabur˘ III
Tomonoj˘ Morita Kan'ya XIII
Okuni Kawamura Kikue

September 1922: revival at the Imperial Theater of "Uir˘ Uri". It is entitled "Uir˘" and stars Ichikawa Sansh˘ V in the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune. The script has been written by Hirayama Shinkichi.

1 September 1923 (11:58 AM): T˘ky˘ is destroyed by a powerful earthquake called Kant˘ Daijishin, which kills more than 200,000 people; the Imperial Theater is destroyed.

October 1924: the newly-rebuilt Imperial Theater reopens.

1929: the management of the Imperial Theater is taken over by the Sh˘chiku.

1940: the management of the Imperial Theater is taken over by the T˘h˘.

10 March 1945 (00:08 AM): 344 US Army B29 bombers drops 2,000 tons of bombs on T˘ky˘, killing more than 120,000 people and destroying almost everything; the Imperial Theater is one of the few buildings, which were spared the destruction.

October 1945: the Imperial Theater reopens; the troupe of Onoe Kikugor˘ VI appears on stage with a program which includes the dance "Kagami Jishi".

September 1947: premiere at the Imperial Theater of Atsumi Seitar˘'s version of "Nans˘ Satomi Hakkenden", which is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Inuyama D˘setsu, Inuzuka Shino, Yamashita Sakuzaemon Sadakane Ichikawa Omez˘ IV
Inusaka Keno, Hamaji, Hikite Onoe Baik˘ VII
Inuta Kobungo Onoe Sh˘roku II
Inukawa S˘suke, Yamabayashi Fusahachi Band˘ Hikosabur˘ VII
Inukai Genpachi, Aboshi Samojir˘ Sawamura Tanosuke V
Kamezasa Onoe Taganoj˘ III
The fašade of The Imperial Theater
 
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