Kirinoya Shinshichi
Kirinoya Shinshichi  In Japanese | Kirinoya Hidematsu  In Japanese

Born in 1737. Disciple of Kirinoya Gonjûrô I, he received the name of Kirinoya Hidematsu. As a wakaonnagata actor, he was recorded in the 11th lunar month of 1757 as playing at the Ônishi no Shibai the roles of Princess Aioi and the keisei Kokonoe in the kaomise drama "Shiki Sanban Okina Kagami". The drama "Hare Kosode Tsuzure no Nishiki" [1] was premiered in the 9th lunar month of 1764 in Ôsaka at the Naka no Shibai, which was produced by Mimasu Daigorô I; Hidematsu played the role of Ohari Okichi [casting]. He took the name of Kirinoya Shinshichi in Kyôto in the 2nd lunar month of 1770, playing the role of Hosokawa Minbu's okugata Fuji-no-Mae in the ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Sato no Jinmaku", which was produced by Mimasu Tokujirô I. His rank in the 1770 Kyôto hyôbanki, wakaonnagata, was one black stroke below jô-jô-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent) [visual]. He died the 27th day of the 4th lunar month of 1770 [2].

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[1] This drama was based on the puppet drama "Katakiuchi Tsuzure no Nishiki". A similar play was staged one day before under a different title, "Oriawase Tsuzure no Nishiki", at the Kado no Shibai. The competition for the best performance and the best line-up was open between the 2 theaters. The performance at the Kado no Shibai was more successful than the one at the Naka no Shibai.

[2] The 27th day of the 4th lunar month of the 7th year of the Meiwa era was the 22nd of May 1770 in the western calendar.

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