|NAKAMURA KAN'EMON III|
Real name: Mitsui Kanejir˘
Line number: SANDAIME (III)
Existence: 2 February 1901 ~ 21 September 1989
Father: Nakamura Kan'emon II
Brother: Nakamura Nakasuke III
Brother-in-law: Nakamura Kamon II
Grandson: Nakamura Baijaku II
November 1905: he made his first appearance on stage at the Ryűseiza, where he received the name of Nakamura Umemaru and played the role of Karasu Tengű in the drama "Yamanba".
1911: following a dispute with Seki Sanjűr˘ V, he took back the name of Nakamura Umemaru.
Fall 1911: he became disciple of Nakamura Shikan V.
November 1911: Nakamura Umemaru and his elder brother Nakamura Umenosuke II respectively took the names of Nakamura Umenosuke III and Nakamura Kamon I at the Kabukiza; they performed in the special programs celebrating the shűmei of Nakamura Utaemon V.
27 April 1919: his father Nakamura Kan'emon II died.
April 1920: he became nadai and took the name of Nakamura Kan'emon III.
February 1926: foundation with Band˘ Utaz˘ and Nakamura Utagor˘ of a reformist study group named Tomodachiza ('the Friends Troupe'). Their first show was staged in Kanda at the Shingoeza and included the jidaimono "Youchi Soga Kariba no Akebono", the sewamono "Domo Mata" and the dance "Hashi Benkei".
1929: 17th and final show for the Tomodachiza.
November 1929: he started a reformist theater magazine entitled Gekisen ('Theater Combat'). He had to leave his master's clan because of his radical stand.
1930: Kan'emon left the Sh˘chiku Company, the main Kabuki show-producing company in Japan.
September 1930: revival at the Meijiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", produced under the title "T˘ryű Azuma Bunsh˘"; Kan'emon played the role of the priest Zangetsu [casting].
November 1933: the Zenshinza troupe produced for the first time the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘" at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ with Kan'emon (Togashi), Kawarasaki Ch˘jűr˘ IV (Benkei) and Kawarasaki Kunitar˘ V (Yoshitsune).
1952 ~ 1955: clandestine study stay in China.
December 1959: Kan'emon played at the Meijiza the role of Sasano Sangobŕ in Namiki Gohei I's drama "Godairiki Koi no Fűjime". His stage partners were Kawarasaki Ch˘jűr˘ IV (Satsuma Gengobŕ) and Kawarasaki Kunitar˘ V (Sakuraya Koman).
21 September 1989: Kan'emon died.
Nakamura Kan'emon III was the cofounder of the Zenshinza troupe and an amazing tachiyaku actor, who played an important role in the revivals of old classics or the productions of new dramas. His forte were sewamono dramas.
The Nakamura Umenosuke line of actors
The Nakamura Kan'emon line of actors
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