NAKAMURA SHďCHď

Stage names:

Nakamura Sh˘ch˘ In Japanese
Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II In Japanese
Nakamura Seikichi In Japanese

Guild: Nakamuraya

Poetry name: Sh˘ch˘

Existence: 1703 ~ 2nd day of the 9th lunar month of 1774 [1]

Connection:

Great-grandfather: Nakamura Kanzabur˘ I

Grandfather: Nakamura Kanzabur˘ II

Father: Nakamura Seizabur˘ I (Nakamura Rengan)

Adoptive father: Nakamura Shichisabur˘ I

Son-in-law: Nakamura Shichiji

Grandsons: Nakamura Shichisabur˘ III (Nakamura Kanzabur˘ IX), Nakamura Shichisabur˘ IV

Disciples: Nakamura Sukegor˘ I, Nakamura Tomojűr˘

Career:

1703: born in Edo.

3rd day of the 2nd lunar month of 1708 [2]: his adoptive father Nakamura Shichisabur˘ I died.

11th lunar month of 1710: Nakamura Seikichi took the name of Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II at the Nakamuraza.

1st lunar month of 1711: Shichisabur˘ made his first stage performance, in Edo at the Nakamuraza, , where he performed as a koyaku actor in the new year sogamono drama "Senrei Suehiro Soga".

Spring 1719: Shichisabur˘ became tachiyaku.

11th lunar month of 1719: Shichisabur˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Nitta Tokujumaru in the kaomise drama "Nyohitsu Taiheiki", which commemorated the 6th anniversary (7th memorial service) of the passing away of Nakamura Denkur˘ I and celebrated the shűmei of Tamazawa K˘jűr˘.

11th lunar month of 1723: Shichisabur˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of the Sh˘gun Yoritsugu in the kaomise drama "Sono Enp˘ Onna Migy˘sho", which celebrated the arrival at the Nakamuraza of the Kamigata actors Yamashita Kinsaku I and Sanogawa Senz˘.

2nd lunar month of 1724: Shichisabur˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Tomoenoj˘ in the drama "Keisei Asama-ga-Dake", which commemorated the 16th anniversary (17th memorial service) of the passing away of late Nakamura Shichisabur˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1731: Shichisabur˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Umezu Kamon in the new year drama "Keisei Fukubiki Nagoya" [casting].

11th lunar month of 1735: Shichisabur˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Hirai no Yasumasa in the kaomise drama "Tono Zukuri Shinoda-zuma".

17th day of the 2nd lunar month of 1743 [3]: his father Nakamura Rengan died.

5th lunar month of 1747: the play "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" was produced at the Nakamuraza for the first time; Shichisabur˘ played the role of Kan Sh˘j˘ [casting].

1st lunar month of 1748: Shichisabur˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari in the new year sogamono drama "Kazari Ebi Yoroi Soga"; the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune was played by Onoe Kikugor˘ I.

5th lunar month of 1748: the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura" was performed for the first time in Edo, at the Nakamuraza; Shichisabur˘ played the role of Yasuke [casting].

6th lunar month of 1749: the play "Kanadehon Chűshingura" was produced at the Nakamuraza for the first time; Shichisabur˘ played the role of Hayano Kanpei [casting].

7th lunar month of 1751: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna", which was staged in Edo at the Nakamuraza; Shichisabur˘ played the role of Date no Yosaku [casting].

11th lunar month of 1754: Shichisabur˘ played at the Nakamuraza the roles of Minamoto Yoritomo and Honda Jir˘ (in reality Soga Tar˘) in the kaomise drama "Miura no ďsuke Bumon no Kotobuki", which celebrated the shűmei of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ III and Tsuuchi Monzabur˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1755: Shichisabur˘ played in the same theater the roles of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari and the Soga brothers' mother in the new year sogamono drama "Waka Midori Nishiki Soga".

13th day of the 7th lunar month of 1763 [4]: his disciple Nakamura Sukegor˘ I died in Edo.

7th lunar month of 1767: Shichisabur˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of the fox Genkur˘ in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

4th lunar month of 1768: Shichisabur˘ played in the same theater the role of ďboshi Yuranosuke in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV (Teraoka Heiemon) and Segawa Kikunoj˘ II (Okaru).

11th lunar month of 1770: great shűmei at the Nakamuraza; Matsumoto K˘shir˘ III, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV, Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II, Ichikawa Benz˘ I and Nakamura Shichinosuke I respectively took the names of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II, Nakamura Sh˘ch˘, Ichikawa Monnosuke II and Nakamura Shichisabur˘ III during the kaomise drama "Nue no Mori Ichiy˘ no Mato", which also celebrated the arrival of Ichikawa Danz˘ III and Yamashita Kinsaku II at the Nakamuraza.

2nd lunar month of 1773: the Nakamuraza celebrated its 150th anniversary; Sh˘ch˘ performed with Nakamura Kanzabur˘ VII and Nakamura Denkur˘ II in the auspicious dances "Kadomatsu" and "Shinbochi Daiko".

11th lunar month of 1773: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the play "Gohiiki Kanjinch˘", performed as a kaomise drama. Sh˘ch˘ played the role of Kawagoe Shigeyori [casting]. This 46-days long performance, which was also the shűmei of Nakamura Rik˘ I, was a tremendous success.

7th lunar month of 1774: Sh˘ch˘ appeared on stage for the last time, in Edo at the Nakamuraza, where he played the roles of Kan Sh˘j˘ and En'ya Hangan in the dramas "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" and "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

2nd day of the 9th lunar month of 1774 [1]: Sh˘ch˘ died in Edo.

Comments:

Nakamura Sh˘ch˘ was an outstanding tachiyaku actor, who spent all his career in Edo. He was the worthy heir of his legendary grandfather Nakamura Shichisabur˘ I. His fields of excellence were wagoto, yatsushigoto and bud˘goto. His most notable roles were Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari, which he performed in 26 new year sogamono, and Kan Sh˘j˘ ("Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"), which he performed four times.

[1] The 2nd day of the 9th lunar month of the 3rd year of the An'ei era was the 6th of October 1774 in the western calendar.

[2] The 3rd day of the 2nd lunar month of the 5th year of the H˘ei era was the 24th of March 1708 in the western calendar.

[3] The 17th day of the 2nd lunar month of the 3rd year of the Kanp˘ era was the 12th of March 1743 in the western calendar.

[4] The 13th day of the 7th lunar month of the 13th year of the H˘reki era was the 21st of August 1763 in the western calendar.

The Actors Ichikawa Yaoz˘ II (bottom/right) as Kujaku no Sabur˘, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II (top/right) as Hata no Daizen Taketora, Nakajima Mihoemon II (bottom/left) as Aramaki Mimishir˘, and Nakamura Sh˘ch˘ (top/left) as Ki no Tsurayuki, in the Play Kuni no Hana Ono no Itsumoji, Performed at the Nakamura Theater in the Eleventh Month, 1771
Artist: Katsukawa Shunsh˘
Date: 1767ľ1777
The Art Institute of Chicago (print in the public domain)

Prints & Illustrations

The Nakamura Shichisabur˘ line of actors

 
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