2016.10.22 - 11.13

Theater|KYOTO, JAPAN Kansai Premiere 11/3−11/6

  • Kinoshita-Kabuki

    Kinoshita-Kabuki "Kanjincho"(2016) Photo by Takeshi Yamada

  • Kinoshita-Kabuki

    Kinoshita-Kabuki "Kanjincho"(2016) Photo by Takeshi Yamada

  • Kinoshita-Kabuki

    Kinoshita-Kabuki "Kanjincho"(2016) Photo by Takeshi Yamada

Celebrating ten years of contemporary kabuki, a respectful yet bold take on a classic masterpiece

Kinoshita-Kabuki puts a uniquely present-day spin on kabuki. Working with contemporary theater directors, the company brings out all the possibilities of classical drama for modern audiences. Ten years on, it shows no signs of letting up as Yuichi Kinoshita continues to adapt and supplement the classics based on exhaustive understanding of the original materials. This production is a reworking of one premiered in Kyoto in 2010, and part of Kinoshita-Kabuki’s two-year project to stage major works from the kabuki repertory. The much-performed Kanjincho is a staple, famous especially for its memorable portrayal of the loyalty of Benkei for his master, Yoshitsune.

For the first time, Kinoshita-Kabuki has here developed a production not just in Kyoto but also in Yokohama, and kicked off rehearsals with an exact imitation of the kabuki version. As such, this is a commemorative production that fully establishes the company’s style until now. Known for dazzling audiences with up-to-date adaptations of kabuki, this staging of Kanjincho is both the culmination of a decade of experimentation and also an opportunity to see the new directions the company is taking.


November 3(Thu) 19:00-[Sold out]
4(Fri) 17:00-
5(Sat) 19:00-[Sold out]
6(Sun) 14:00-[Sold out]

Post-performance talk: November 3, 5

Theater reception opens 1h prior to the performance


Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza
(Kyoto University of Art and Design)

2-116, Uryuyama Kitashirakawa, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto

From Kitaoji Station, Kyoto Municipal Subway, take No.204 City Bus bound for Ginkakuji and get off at Kamihatecho Kyoto Zokei Univ.


80 min.


Performed in Japanese with English surtitles


No entry for preschoolers


Adult Adv. ¥3,000 / Day ¥3,500
Youth, Student Adv. ¥2,500 / Day ¥3,000
Senior Adv. ¥2,500 / Day ¥3,000
High School Student
and Younger
Adv. ¥1,000 / Day ¥1,000
Pair ¥5,500(advance only)

Youth tickets → Up to 25
Senior tickets → 65 & Up
Unreserved Seating

Available from August 8, 2016, 11:00 a.m.