Poetry names: Baikaku, Baiei
Existence: ??? ~ May 1873 (?)
1831: he becomes disciple of Nakayama Hyakka and receives the name of Nakayama Tokujir˘.
1832: he quickly joins Onoe Tamiz˘ II and receives the name of Onoe Tamez˘.
1833: he is back in the Nakayama clan, as he is adopted by Nakayama Hyakka, who gives him the name of Nakayama Hy˘tar˘ II.
1844: he breaks up with his adoptive father and becomes a disciple of Onoe Kikugor˘ III, who gives him the name of Onoe Baikaku.
4th lunar month of 1849: tour in Nagoya with both his new master and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V; he achieves a huge success with his performances in the roles of Togashi and Tamiya Iemon in the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘" and in the ghost play "Yotsuya Kaidan". Highly-praised, the decision to allow him to take the prestigious name of Onoe Sh˘roku is taken (most likely by his master).
Summer/Fall 1849: he takes the name of Onoe Sh˘roku and goes to Edo.
6th lunar month of 1857: tour in Miyajima with Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V, Kataoka Ichiz˘ I, Mimasu Daigor˘ IV, Yamashita Kinsaku IV, Nakamura Daikichi III, Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ IV, Nakayama Bungor˘ II and Asao Tamejűr˘ IV.
1st lunar month of 1862: Sh˘roku plays at the Chikugo no Shibai the roles of Yoshikawa Tatewaki and Azuma Yoshir˘ in the drama "Nippon Daiichi Mekari no Jinji".
3rd lunar month of 1862: Sh˘roku plays at the Chikugo no Shibai the roles of ďboshi Yuranosuke, K˘ no Moron˘, Teraoka Heiemon, Takubei, Uesugiya Mokuemon, Takemori Kitahachi and Amakawaya Gihei in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".
5th lunar month of 1863: Sh˘roku plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Sasaki Takatsuna in the drama "Kamakura Sandaiki"; the roles of Princess Toki and miuranosuke are played by Ichikawa Fudenosuke and ďtani Tomomatsu.
3rd lunar month of 1864: Sh˘roku plays at the ďnishi no Shibai the roles of Kakuju and Matsu˘maru in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". He also plays the role of Jinzabur˘ in "Sumidagawa Gonichi no Omokage"; the role of H˘kaib˘ is played by ďtani Tomomatsu.
9th lunar month of 1866: Sh˘roku performs in ďsaka at the Horie no Shibai and the Wakadayű no Shibai.
5th lunar month of 1871: Sh˘roku plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of Okitsu Niza, Yoshikawa Kurando and Yuminosuke in the drama "Asagao Nikki"; the role of Asojir˘ and miyuki are played by Nakamura S˘jűr˘ and Nakamura Keijo.
February 1873: Sh˘roku apperas on stage for the last time, in ďsaka at the Chikugo no Shibai.
May 1873: Sh˘roku most likely dies.
Onoe Sh˘roku was a talented actor, able to perform a wide range of roles, from katakiyaku to onnagata. His k˘seki was said to be outstanding. He spent his latter years in hama shibai, on tour in the countryside or at the Chikugo no Shibai, where he was a mainstay during the 1860s and the beginning of the 1870s. He became a great and popular fukeyaku from the beginning of the Meiji era. He could have been properly considered as the second in the Onoe Sh˘roku line of actors as it is the case in Nojima Jusabur˘"s reference book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten". However, the 1935 and 2002 shűmei of both Onoe Sh˘roku II and Onoe Sh˘roku IV made it clear twice: the Kabuki world definitively considered him as a non-official holder of the name.
The Onoe Sh˘roku line of actors
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