NAKAMURA TSURUSUKE V

Stage names:

Nakamura Tsurusuke V
Nakamura Hashigor˘
Nakamura Baishi
Nakamura Hashinosuke II

Real name: ďzeki Ichiji

Guild: Kagaya

Poetry name: Baishi

Line number: GODAIME (V)

Existence: 1846 ~ 25 September 1892

Connections:

Great-grandfathers: Nakamura Utaemon III, Nakamura T˘z˘ I

Grandfathers: Nakamura T˘z˘ II, Kagaya Hashinosuke I

Father: Nakamura Shikan III

Brother: Nakamura Tamashichi I

Disciple: Nakamura Tomijűr˘ III

Career:

1846 ~ 1871: born in ďsaka. He starts his career at an early age and quickly becomes the zagashira of a troupe of children-actors (kodomo shibai). He successively takes the names of Nakamura Hashinosuke II, Nakamura Baishi and Nakamura Hashigor˘ at unknown dates and performs in miyaji shibai or koshibai.

3rd lunar month of 1871: Nakamura Hashigor˘ takes the name of Nakamura Tsurusuke V at the Chikugo no Shibai, playing several roles in the drama "Appare Chűshin Homare no Ishizue".

October 1873: Tsurusuke settles in T˘ky˘ and achieves a great success at the Nakamuraza by playing in the drama "Katakiuchi Kameyama Shinbun". His stage partners are Onoe Kikugor˘ V, Kawarazaki Sansh˘, Nakamura Shikan IV, Iwai Hanshir˘ VIII and Sawamura Tossh˘ II.

January 1877: Tsurusuke plays at the Harukiza the roles of Wada no Hy˘e Hidemori and Hoj˘ no Tokimune in the classic "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata".

September 1877: Tsurusuke plays in the same theater in the drama "Yagura Daiko Narita no Adauchi".

January 1878: Tsurusuke plays in the same theater in the drama "Matsu Kazari Otakara Sugoroku".

March 1881: premiere at the Shintomiza of Kawatake Mokuami's masterpiece "Kumo ni Magou Ueno no Hatsuhana"; Tsurusuke plays the role of Izumiya Seibŕ [casting].

1887: Tsurusuke goes back to Kamigata, travelling with the actor Nakamura S˘jűr˘.

July 1887: Tsurusuke plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai in the drama "Genpei Nunobiki no Taki".

October 1887: Tsurusuke takes part in the opening ceremony of the Naniwaza in ďsaka (this theater was previously called Ebisuza), playing in the dramas "Utsunomiya Kabuki Tatemae" and "Chigusa no Aki Saga no Tsukikage". His stage partners are Nakamura Ganjir˘ I, Nakamura S˘jűr˘, Nakamura Jakuemon II, Nakamura Shibajaku III and Arashi Kichisabur˘ V.

September 1888: Tsurusuke plays at the Naka no Shibai in the drama "Nikai Gasa Yagyű Nikki".

October 1889: his mentor Nakamura S˘jűr˘ dies; Tsurusuke joins the troupe led by Kataoka Gat˘ III.

September 1891: Tsurusuke plays at the Kado no Shibai in the drama "Miyako Kurenai Asahi no Irodori".

25 September 1892: Tsurusuke dies in his house, which is located in ďsaka in the district of Minami-Shinmachi. His tombstone is said to be in the precinct of the Sh˘b˘ji Temple in the district of Teramachi in ďsaka.

Comments:

Nakamura Tsurusuke V was a Kamigata actor able to play tachiyaku and katakiyaku roles. He was a specialist of wajitsu roles in sewamono dramas.

Nakamura Tsurusuke V was the heir of a prestigious family of actors, spent a few successful years in T˘ky˘ but his fame did not really grow when he went back to his native Kamigata.

Nakamura Tsurusuke V

The Nakamura Hashinosuke line of actors

The Nakamura Tsurusuke line of actors

 
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