Kabuki Performance for Beginners

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National Theatre (Large Theatre)
Kabuki Performance for Beginners

Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami
Bo Shibari

Performance Date : July 3(Wed.) - July 24(Wed.)
Performance Time :11:00 a.m.- 1:20 p.m. <except 12(Fri.), 19(Fri)>
                2:30 p.m.- 4:50 p.m.
*End times are estimates and may vary.

Onoe Shoroku
Bando Kamezo
Nakamura Tamataro
Onoe Sakon
Bando Shingo
Nakamura Matsue
and others

Tickets(Tax included)
1st Grade = 4,000yen
2nd Grade = 1,800yen
All seats = 1,500yen
Seating plan

*Audio guide: Available for rent in English and Japanese. Click here for details.
*Subtitles: Available only in Japanese. Displayed on screen beside the stage.
*English synopsis is available. Please ask at the reception desk.

Booking Opens
available from June 6, 2019

Box Office
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Internet reservations : https://ticket.ntj.jac.go.jp/top_e.htm

Counter Sales 
available from June 7, 2019

Introduction to Kabuki
 The summer months at the National Theatre feature special performances of Kabuki to introduce this traditional art to students. The program always includes a friendly introductory lecture hosted by one of the young stars and performances by top-rate actors. If you have never seen Kabuki, this may be a perfect opportunity. For the time and the price and the quality of the performance, this can't be beat!

(‘The Fight Over the Carriage’ from ‘Sugawara's Secrets of Calligraphy’)

 This energetic play is a showcase for the bombastic 'aragoto' style of acting. Umeōmaru and his brother, Sakuramaru, try to get revenge on Fujiwara no Shihei who falsely accused Umeōmaru's lord, Kan Shōjō, of treason. However, they are confronted by their other brother, Matsuōmaru who is one of Shihei's retainers. The two try to attack Shihei's carriage but are stopped by Matsuōmaru and Shihei's powerful glare.

(Battle of Ideas for Sake)

 A dance play based on a classical Kyogen farce. Kyogen is a form of traditional Japanese comic theatre which developed alongside Noh. The master, Sone Matsubē, is irritated that his two servants always drink his sake while he is out. He plots with one of these servants Tarōkaja, to trick the other servant Jirōkaja and talks him into demonstrating his skill at stick fighting, tying him to the stick. The master then ties up Tarōkaja as well. However, despite the fact that they are tied up, the two successfully drink up their master's sake and end up dancing exuberantly.

in Japanese

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