July Grand Kabuki, Evening Show
NATSU MATSURI NANIWA KAGAMI (The Summer Festival in Osaka)
This popular play originally from the Bunraku puppet theater shows the pride and spirit of honor of commoners in Osaka. Danshichi, a gallant fishmonger, does everything he can to protect the weak young son of his patron with the help of his companion Tokubei and the older Sabu. Although even Tokubei's wife Otatsu heroically helps out, in the end, Danshichi is betrayed by his evil father-in-law Giheiji and, in the most famous scene of the play, must kill him in a mud-covered fight in a lonely alley with the shouts of the local festival nearby.
TENSHU MONOGATARI (The Legend of Himeji Castle)
Tenshu Monogatari creates the romantic and fantastic atmosphere for which the playwright Izumi Kyoka is famous. Princess Tomi, a mysterious immortal spirit in Himeji Castle, lives in an elegant feminine world of her own at the top of the castle tower. She eagerly awaits a visit from her friend Princess Kame with her strange priest-like retainer. But an encounter with the handsome young warrior Zushonosuke brings her into the world of human beings and she is moved to sacrifice all to help him.
- Tokaiya or Ikari-Tomomori by Shoroku at the National Thetre(2011.07.23)