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Japan's prince of kabuki returns with two rare performances premiering for the first time in a century

EBIZO ICHIKAWA XI, scion of Japan’s oldest kabuki family, returns to Singapore on the 17th and 18th of October. Travelling with Japan Theatre, Japan’s ‘Prince of Kabuki’ will be putting on a limited three-performance run of two kabuki plays that have never been seen before, Uwanari and Mimasu Kuruwa no Kasauri. While the latter is a brand new piece created specially for the Singaporean performance, Uwanari has not been performed in a hundred years. Now, after lying dormant for a century, this old classic will be reborn on the stage of The Grand Theatre at the Marina Bay Sands and its debut in Singapore marks a significant moment in kabuki history.


First performed in 1699 by Danjuro Ichikawa I, Uwanari is one of the famed Kabuki Jūhachiban, a set of eighteen kabuki plays that epitomise the Ichikawa family’s acting style. Uwanari, which means “second wife” and “jealousy”, is a torrid tale of jealousy, hate, and love. In it, a man divorces his wife and marries another woman. But while the newlyweds enjoy marital bliss, the jilted wife fumes, and plots her revenge on her ex-husband and the woman who replaced her. Passions will flare and dark schemes will bloom in this in riveting play, all told through impassioned dance.

Mimasu Kuruwa no Kasauri

Mimasu Kuruwa no Kasauri is a brand new play created for Singapore. A charming well-liked umbrella seller earns brisk business until he’s beset by ruffians who want a piece of his profits. However, their attempt at intimidation backfires when the umbrella seller reveals himself to be Ishikawa Goemon, Japan’s greatest thief and outlaw. Ishikawa Goemon soundly beats the thugs and sends them running, and is lauded as a hero by the entire district.

This October, audiences will not only be amazed and delighted by one of Japan’s best living kabuki practitioners, but, with the revival of Uwanari and the debut of Mimasu Kuruwa no Kasauri, will also have the opportunity to witness history being made.

Event Date
October 17 - Octover 18 | 2015
            Saturday, Oct 17 - 3:00pm & 7:30pm
            Sunday, Oct 18 - 3:00pm

Price of Admission:
VIP Reserve* A Reserve B Reserve C Reserve D Reserve
$350 $185 $145 $115 $89
(Excludes booking fee)
* VIP Tickets: First 5 rows in cement block + photo opportunity with Maiko (Japanese traditional performers) & free souvenir

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