TďKYď GEKIJď
   
Name T˘ky˘ Gekij˘
T˘geki
City T˘ky˘
History

1930: opening of the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ in the district of Tsukiji. It is a modern 1898-seat theater, which is managed by the Sh˘chiku and designed for Kabuki, Western Operas or movies.

July 1931: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of Hasegawa Shin's drama "Ippon Gatana Dohy˘ Iri", which is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Komagata M˘hei Onoe Kikugor˘ VI
Otsuta Nakamura Fukusuke V
Tatsusabur˘ Morita Kan'ya XIII

September 1933: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of the Nagauta-based ky˘gen "Takatsuki", which is adapted for Kabuki by Hisamatsu Issei (lyrics) and Kashiwa Izabur˘ (music) and performed by Onoe Kikugor˘ VI and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII.

April 1934: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of Kimura Tomiko's Tokiwazu-based dance "Hanami Yakko", with a choreography and a musical accompaniment made by Hanayagi Jusuke II and Tokiwazu Mojibei III. The leading role of the yakko is played by Ichikawa Ennosuke II.

June 1934: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of Hasegawa Shin's drama "Kurayami no Ushimatsu", which is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Ushimatsu Onoe Kikugor˘ VI
Oyone Ichikawa Omez˘ IV
Shir˘bei Band˘ Hikosabur˘ VI
Okuma, Oima Onoe Taganoj˘ III

January 1935: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of Uno Nobuo's drama "Fubuki T˘ge", which is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Naokichi Ichikawa Sadanji II
Sukez˘ Ichikawa Ennosuke II
Oen Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ II

January 1935: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of "Edoj˘ no Ninj˘" and "Daini no Shisha", the first and second plays of Mayama Seika's cycle "Genroku Chűshingura".

April 1935: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of "Saigo no Daihy˘j˘", the third play of Mayama Seika's cycle "Genroku Chűshingura".

April 1936: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of "Ninin Sanbas˘", a 2-dancer version of the Sanbas˘ dance, starring Ichikawa Ennosuke II and his son Ichikawa Danshir˘ III.

February 1939: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of the second act of "Sengoku Yashiki", the ninth play of Mayama Seika's cycle "Genroku Chűshingura".

November 1939: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of Kimura Tomiko's dance-drama "Kurozuka". The musical accompaniment is written by Kineya Sakichi IV and the choreography is made by Hanayanagi Jusuke II. This dance-drama is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
The old woman Iwate, the ogress Ichikawa Ennosuke II
The yamabushi Priest Yűkei Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII
Tar˘go Ichikawa Danshir˘ III
The yamabushi Priest Yamatob˘ Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VIII
The yamabushi Priest Sanukib˘ Sawamura Tanosuke V

January 1940: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of "Ohama Goten Tsunatoyo-ky˘", the fifth play of Mayama Seika's cycle "Genroku Chűshingura", which is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Tokugawa Tsunatoyo Ichikawa Sadanji II
Tominomori Sukeemon Ichikawa Ennosuke II
Arai Kageyu Ichikawa Sumiz˘ VI
Ejima Kataoka Nizaemon XII
Okiyo Nakamura Shikaku II
Okoji Ichikawa Shachimaru II
Nomura Band˘ Katsutar˘ II
Urao Ichikawa Enjo

April 1941: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of Kimura Tomiko's Gidayű-based dance "Yoi Yakko". The leading role of the yakko Bekunai is played by Ichikawa Ennosuke II.

November 1941: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of "Sengakuji", the eighth play of Mayama Seika's cycle "Genroku Chűshingura".

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 T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ is the sole standing theater in the devastated city.

February 1946: Ichimura Kakitsu VII and Ichimura Matasabur˘ II take at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ the respective names of Ichimura Uzaemon XVI and Ichimura Kakitsu VIII.

May 1947: revival at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of the drama "Jayanagi", which belongs to the Kabuki Jűhachiban collection of drama. It is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Shamon Kűjaku, in reality Akushichiby˘e Kagekiyo Ichikawa Sansh˘ V
Nishiki-no-Mae, in reality the spirit of the Snake Willow Nakamura Tokiz˘ III
Honda Jir˘ Chikatsune Sawamura Tanosuke V
Honda's sister Umegae Sawamura Tossh˘ IV
Ema Koshir˘ Yoshitoki Ichikawa Ebiz˘ IX
Heinai Band˘ Hikosabur˘ VII
The yamabushi Shunj˘b˘ Jűgen Onoe Sh˘roku II
Kagekiyo's daughter Hitomaru Ichimura Kakitsu VIII

May 1949: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of the dance-drama "Higaki", which is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
The old woman Higaki (in reality the ghost of Higaki) Ichikawa Ennosuke II
Ono no Komachi ďtani Tomoemon VII
Shii no Sh˘sh˘ Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII
A big thanx to Sekidobashi Sakura for her help!

September 1949: Ichikawa Somegor˘ V and his son Matsumoto Kintar˘ II take the respective names of Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII and Ichikawa Somegor˘ VI at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘.

1952: the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ becomes a movie theater.

1975: the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ is rebuilt and modernized. Its name becomes T˘geki.

The T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ in 1947

 
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