|NAKAMURA KICHINOJď II|
Real name: Tanaka Yoshir˘
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Existence: 5 April 1932 ~ 26 January 2014
Masters: Nakamura Kichiemon II, Nakamura Kichiemon I, Nakamura Tokiz˘ III
1942: he started his career as a disciple of the star Nakamura Tokiz˘ III.
August 1943: he made his first appearance on stage, in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza, where he received the name of Nakamura Ch˘maru.
October 1943: he became disciple of the star Nakamura Kichiemon I, who gave him the name of Nakamura Kichisa III.
January 1952: Kichisa became nadai and took the name of Nakamura Mannoj˘ at the Kabukiza, playing in the drama "Matsuura no Taiko".
July 1963: revival at the Yomiuri Hall in T˘ky˘ of Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Kuwanaya Tokuz˘ Irifune Monogatari"; Mannoj˘ played the roles of the keisei Higaki and the ghost of Higaki [casting].
August 1979: revival at the National Theatre Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Kanzen Ch˘aku Nozoki Garakuri"; Mannoj˘ played the role of Jűbŕ's wife Osoyo [casting].
Summer 1985: tour in the USA; Mannoj˘ played the role of Nagaura in the drama "Sakurahime Azuma Bunsh˘", which celebrated the shűmei in the USA of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XII [more details].
June 1989: the drama "Kaidan Botan D˘r˘" using ďnishi Nobuyuki's script was staged for the first time with a full Kabuki casting, at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘; Mannoj˘ played the role of Oyone's ghost [casting].
September 1994: Mannoj˘ joined the major league of Kabuki actors (kanbu sh˘shin) and took the name of Nakamura Kichinoj˘ II at the Kabukiza, playing the role of Ok˘ in the play "Hikimado".
November 2005: t˘shi ky˘gen revival at the National Theatre of the drama "Ehon Taik˘ki"; Kichinoj˘ played the role of Satsuki [casting].
October 2010: Kichinoj˘ appeared on stage for the last time, in T˘ky˘ at the National Theatre, playing the role of Minobe's mother in the drama "Sh˘gun Edo o Saru".
26 January 2014: Kichinoj˘ died.
Nakamura Kichinoj˘ II was a veteran onnagata actor of the
Harimaya guild, outstanding in the roles of old women.
Nakamura Kichinoj˘ II portraying Ok˘ in the drama "Hikimado" (illustration courtesy of RANCHUROW (2010) all rights reserved)
The Nakamura Kichinoj˘ line of actors
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