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Kabuki Performances "Ōmi Genji Senjin Yakata: Moritsuna Jin'ya" & "Kōmori no Yasusan"

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    Kabuki Performances in December
    Performance Date : Dec.4(Wed.) - Dec.26(Thu.)
    Venue : National Theatre(Large Theatre)


    In December, there will be different matinee and evening programmes.

    Programme A (11:30–15:40)

    "Ōmi Genji Senjin Yakata: Moritsuna Jin'ya"

    Cast
    Matsumoto Hakuo
    Nakamura Kaishun
    Matsumoto Koshiro
    Ichikawa Komazo
    Kamimura Kichiya
    Sawamura Sonosuke
    Otani Hirotaro
    Matsumoto Kingo
    Ichikawa Enya
    Bando Yajuro
    Otani Tomoemon
    Bando Rakuzen
    and others

    Commemorating the 130th Anniversary of Chaplin's Birth
    "Kōmori no Yasusan"
    (Adaption of Chaplin's "City Lights")

    Cast
    Matsumoto Koshiro
    Bando Shingo
    Ichikawa Enya
    Otani Hirotaro
    Sawamura Sonosuke
    Kamimura Kichiya
    Otani Tomoemon
    and others

    Ticket Prices for Programme A (including tax)
    [Superior Grade]  Adlut: 12,800 yen (Student: 9,000 yen)
    [1st Grade A]  Adlut: 10,000 yen (Student: 7,000 yen)
    [1st Grade B]  Adlut: 6,500 yen (Student: 4,600 yen)
    [2nd Grade A]  Adlut: 5,000 yen (Student: 3,500 yen)
    [2nd Grade B]  Adlut: 2,800 yen (Student: 2,000 yen)
    [3rd Grade]  Adlut: 1,800 yen (Student: 1,300 yen)
    Seating plan 


    Programme B (19:00-20:40)
    Chaplin KABUKI NIGHT
    Commemorating the 130th Anniversary of Chaplin's Birth
    "Kōmori no Yasusan"
    (Adaption of Chaplin's "City Lights")

    Cast
    Matsumoto Koshiro
    Bando Shingo
    Ichikawa Enya
    Otani Hirotaro
    Sawamura Sonosuke
    Kamimura Kichiya
    Otani Tomoemon
    and others

    Ticket Prices for Programme B (including tax)
    [1st Grade]  Adlut: 6,000 yen (Student: 4,200 yen)
    [2nd Grade]  Adlut: 2,800 yen (Student: 2,000 yen)
    [3rd Grade]  Adlut: 1,800 yen (Student: 1,300 yen)
    Seating plan



    CITY LIGHTS © Roy Export S.A.S. All Rights Reserved.
    Charlie Chaplin TM © Bubbles Incorporated SA 2019
    Produced in cooperation with the Chaplin Society of Japan.


    *End times are estimates and could vary.
    *Audio guide: Available for rent in English and Japanese. Click here for details.
    *Subtitles: No subtitles available.
    *English synopsis is available. It is included in the paid Japanese program.





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    "Moritsuna's Battle Camp" and Chaplin on December Kabuki Stage
    (by Petr Holý, Adjunct Researcher,
    The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University)

     Distinguished theatre-goers, you can experience both historic drama and a social comedy adapted into a Kabuki world this December. The historic drama known as "Moritsuna's Battle Camp" written in the 18th century as a part of the large-scale historic piece "Omi Genji Senjin Yakata." Its plot deals with the Sasaki brothers, Moritsuna and Takatsuna, who became enemies on the battlefield and generals on opposing sides, and the resulting tragedy. They were separated by the battle between Hōjō Tokimasa (settled in Kamakura) and Minamoto no Yoriie (inhabiting the Miyako capital), set in the warlike atmosphere of Kamakura in the period of the 12th century. Commander Takatsuna was a gifted strategist who got his brother Moritsuna, who was on the side of Hōjō clan, to identify a false head as his, by having his young son sacrifice his life. One of the most distinguished Kabuki actors, Matsumoto Hakuō II (born in 1942), will play the role of Moritsuna for the first time in 28 years.

     Did you happen to know that Charles Chaplin also influenced traditional Japanese Kabuki? It was in August 1931 that Chaplin's blockbuster silent romantic comedy City Lights, which focused on the misadventures of Chaplin's most memorable on-screen character the Tramp, was adapted as a Kabuki play and introduced in Japan. It was three years before it premiered as a movie in Japan.

     One of the most popular playwrights of that time, Kimura Kinka, was already acquainted with Chaplin's works. He made the decision regarding choosing something very new and fresh for the Kabuki repertoire and came up with an innovative proposal. It is also noteworthy that even though Kimura had not seen City Lights at the time, he was able to create the main character Kōmori no Yasu-san, i.e. Yasu the Bat, based on Chaplin’s The Little Tramp.

     It should not be forgotten that the lead character, Kōmori no Yasu-san, is also based on a widely known personality, whose name is Kōmori no Yasugorō. He was presented in the famous act "Genjidana" of the popular Kabuki drama "The Love Affair of Yosaburō and Otomi." Yasugorō has a bat tattoo on his face. Kimura thought Kōmori no Yasugorō to be very similar to the Tramp and painted him in a very "Chaplin way" to reflect Charlie Chaplin himself. The play was very succesful and was subsequently remade into a Japanese movie.

     Kabuki star Matsumoto Kōshirō X (born in 1973), son of above-mentioned Hakuō II, is also known to be a big fan of Chaplin. Kōshirō X is making his debut by impersonating Charlie himself on the Kabuki stage to commemorate 130 years since the birth of Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin and his deathday (25 December 1977).

     Why not combine historical blustering bravado with the king of silent comedy into a kabuki-esque world of fancy, and dulcify the end of the year with a really striking Kabuki experience?