|NAKAMURA UTAEMON V|
Nakamura Utaemon V
Line number: GODAIME (V)
Existence: 29th day of the 12th lunar month of 1865 ~ 12 September 1940
Adoptive father: Nakamura Shikan IV
Grandson: Nakamura Shikan VII
12th lunar month of 1865: born in T˘ky˘ in the district of Honjo. His father is a government official.
January 1875: he is adopted by the actor Nakamura Shikan IV, who gives him the name of Nakamura Kotar˘ I.
August 1876: he makes his first stage appearance, in the city of K˘fu at the Kameya, where he plays the role of Komakichi in the drama "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba".
October 1877 ~ April 1881: long tour with his adoptive father all over Japan.
May 1881: Nakamura Kotar˘ I takes the name of Nakamura Fukusuke IV at the Shintomiza.
16 January 1899: his adoptive father Nakamura Shikan IV dies.
March 1903: premiere at the Kabukiza of the drama "Kichirei Soga no Ishizue", which is produced to celebrate the shűmei of Onoe Kikugor˘ VI, Onoe Baik˘ VI and Onoe Eizabur˘ VI; Shikan plays the role of ďiso no Tora [casting].
November 1918: premiere at the Shintomiza of Matsui Sh˘y˘'s drama "Yodogimi"; Utaemon plays the leading role of Lady Yodo (Yodogimi).
June 1921: premiere at the Shintomiza of Takayasu Gekk˘'s drama "Daigo no Haru"; Utaemon plays the leading role of Lady Yodo (Yodogimi).
February 1922: premiere at the Shintomiza of Yamazaki Shik˘'s drama "Hatsushiraga"; Utaemon plays the leading role of Lady Yodo (Yodogimi).
March 1923: premiere at the Hong˘za of Matsui Sh˘y˘'s drama "Satsuma no Yodogimi"; Utaemon plays the leading role of Lady Yodo (Yodogimi).
April 1926: premiere at the Kabukiza of Matsui Sh˘˘'s drama "Yodogimi Odawara Jin"; Utaemon plays the leading role of Lady Yodo (Yodogimi).
1 August 1933: his elder son Nakamura Fukusuke V dies.
24 October 1936: erection in the precinct of the Honmonji Temple (T˘ky˘) of a memorial stone dedicated to Nakamura Utaemon III.
January 1937: Utaemon plays at the Kabukiza the role of Fujiwara no Shihei in the "Kurumabiki" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". His stage partners are Onoe Kikugor˘ VI (Matsu˘maru), Ichimura Uzaemon XV (Sakuramaru) and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII (Ume˘maru).
14 June 1937: he receives at his Sendagaya home the visit of the famous conductor Felix Weingartner, who is on tour in Japan.
April 1939: Utaemon sells his Sendagaya home and settles in the district of Takanawa.
May 1939: Utaemon appears on stage for the last time, at the Kabukiza, playing the role of Yodogimi in the drama "Kiri Hitoha".
Nakamura Utaemon V was one of the best onnagata actors of the first half of the twentieth century. He was the first in this prestigious line of actors to focus on female roles but kept on performing important male roles belonging to the line, like the king of thieves Ishikawa Goemon ("Sanmon"). One of his best roles was Lady Yodo (Yodogimi) in several Shinkabuki dramas written for him. He gathered them from 1921 in a special collection of plays, which was called Yodogimishű and included "Kiri Hitoha", "Hototogisu Koj˘ no Rakugetsu", "Yodogimi", "Daigo no Haru", "ďsakaj˘" or "Yodogimi Odawara Jin". His others best roles are Princess Yaegaki ("Jusshuk˘"), Princess Toki ("Kamakura Sandaiki"), Masaoka ("Meiboku Sendai Hagi"), Agemaki ("Sukeroku") and Tonase ("Kanadehon Chűshingura"). In his latter years, he terribly suffered because of lead poisoning.
Nakamura Utaemon V playing the role of Masaoka in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi"
The Nakamura Kotar˘ line of actors
The Nakamura Fukusuke line of actors
The Nakamura Shikan line of actors
The Nakamura Utaemon line of actors
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