|ICHIKAWA SHďCHď II|
Real name: Suzuki Tetsuya
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Existence: 23 September 1886 ~ 19 August 1940
Master (and father-in-law): Ichikawa Sadanji I
Brother-in-law: Ichikawa Sadanji II
Wife: Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ I
Adopted son: Ichikawa Monnosuke VII
Disciple: Ichikawa Enjaku II
23 September 1886: born in T˘ky˘. His father was the owner of a brothel located in the district of Shinjuku.
September 1896: he became a disciple of Ichikawa Sadanji I and made his first stage appearance, at the Meijiza, where he received the name of Ichikawa Sakimatsu II and performed as a koyaku in the drama "Kiichi H˘gen Sanryaku no Maki".
7 August 1904: his master Ichikawa Sadanji I died.
September 1906: Ichikawa Sakimatsu II took the name of Ichikawa Enjaku I.
January 1912: Ichikawa Enjaku I took the name of Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ II. Sh˘ch˘ was a haimy˘ used by Ichikawa Sadanji I. Yukiko, the daughter of Ichikawa Sadanji I, made a short career in a Kabuki women troupe, playing under the name of Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ but she was not considered as the first holder of this name. It was Ichikawa Sadanji I who was acknowledged as Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ I, although he never held this name during his career. Revival at the Meijiza of the drama "Fud˘", belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Sh˘ch˘ played the role of Kumedera Danj˘'s sister Matsugae [more details].
Fall 1913: wedding with Ichikawa Sadanji I's daughter Yukiko.
February 1925: Katsu Hy˘z˘ I's drama "Kachi Zum˘ Ukina no Hanabure", commonly called "Shirafuji Genta", was revived at the Hong˘za, under the supervision of the writer Nagai Kafű; Sh˘ch˘ played the role of the courtesan Oshun [casting].
January 1926: Sh˘ch˘ played for the first time the role of Princess Taema in the drama "Narukami", which was staged at the Kabukiza; the role of the wicked priest Narukami was played by Ichikawa Sadanji II.
Summer 1928: Sh˘ch˘ joined the troupe led by Ichikawa Sadanji II, who organized the first tour of a Kabuki troupe outside Japan. The destination was the USSR and the troupe performed in Moscow and Leningrad [more details].
September 1930: revival at the Meijiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", produced under the title "T˘ryű Azuma Bunsh˘"; Sh˘ch˘ played the roles of Princess Sakura and Fűrin Ohime [casting].
April 1932: premiere at the Kabukiza of Mayama Seika's drama "Yoritomo no Shi"; Sh˘ch˘ played the role of Kosu˘ [casting]. Premiere at the Kabukiza of Mayama Seika's ninj˘mono drama "Edoe Ry˘goku Hakkei" (commonly called "Arakawa no Sakichi"); Sh˘ch˘ played the role of Oyae [casting].
February 1934: premiere at the Kabukiza of "ďishi Saigo no Ichinichi", the tenth and last play of Mayama Seika's cycle "Genroku Chűshingura"; Sh˘ch˘ played the role of Shizuma, in reality Omino [casting].
January 1937: Sh˘ch˘ played for the last time the role of Princess Taema in the drama "Narukami", which was staged at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘; the role of the wicked priest Narukami was played by Ichikawa Sadanji II.
23 February 1940: his best stage partner Ichikawa Sadanji II died.
19 August 1940: Sh˘ch˘ followed Ichikawa Sadanji II in the afterlife.
Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ II playing the role of Oman in a print made by Yamamura Toyonari in 1920
The Ichikawa Sakimatsu line of actors
The Ichikawa Enjaku line of actors
The Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ line of actors
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