|SUKETAKAYA TAKASUKE IV|
Line number: YODAIME (IV)
Poetry names: K˘ga, Tosshi (6)
Existence: 1838 ~ 2 February 1886
Father: Sawamura S˘jűr˘ V
Brother: Sawamura Tanosuke III
11th lunar month of 1842: he makes his first appearance on stage, at the Nakamuraza, where he receives the name of Sawamura Genpei II.
1st lunar month of 1854: Sawamura Genpei II takes the name of Sawamura Tossh˘ II at the Nakamuraza, playing in the new year drama "Matsu Ich˘ Tsurukame Soga".
4th lunar month of 1864: premiere at the Moritaza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Wakaba no Ume Ukina no Yokogushi" (commonly called "Kirare Otomi", in English "Scarface Otomi"); Tossh˘ plays the role of Yosabur˘ [casting].
Summer 1869: tour in Shizuoka.
June 1876: premiere at the Shintomiza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Hototogisu Date no Kikigaki"; Tossh˘ plays the roles of Hosokawa Naizen-no-Kami, Shiozawa Tanzabur˘, Isshiki Saky˘nosuke and the menoto Masaoka [casting].
May 1879: Sawamura Tossh˘ II takes the name of Suketakaya Takasuke IV at the Shintomiza, playing the role of Nagoya Sanza Motoharu in the drama "Mukashi Moy˘ Sato no Sayaate"; the role of Fuwa Banzaemon Shigekatsu (Sanza's rival in the sayaate scene) is played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX.
January 1886: Takasuke appears on stage for the last time, in Nagoya at the Chitoseza. He suddenly falls ill during the performance and dies in February.
Suketakaya Takasuke IV was the worthy heir of his father Sawamura S˘jűr˘ V, excelling in wagotoshi, wajitsu or onnagata roles. He shared the stage with the Meiji giants Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX and Onoe Kikugor˘ V. He posthumously received the name of Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VI.
The actor Suketakaya Takasuke IV playing the role of the Princess Chűj˘ in the drama "Chűj˘ Hime Taima Engi", which was staged in March 1884 in T˘ky˘ at the Harukiza (print made by Toyohara Kunichika)
The Sawamura Tosshi line of actors
The Sawamura Genpei line of actors
The Sawamura Tossh˘ line of actors
The Suketakaya Takasuke line of actors