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| vol.3 No director: the Main Actor Directs the play

vol.3 No director: the Main Actor Directs the play

Kabuki is a repertory theatre. That is to say, most of the repertoire of plays and dances are quite regularly performed, and so most works are already known to the majority of actors. For this reason, in traditional Kabuki there is no such person as a director. Instead, that function is sometimes fulfilled by the leading actor who will determine which version of the play is being performed according to his family's performing conventions, (called kata). However, even this will not normally affect most subsidiary actors much since they will already know their roles. From early youth, an actor's training includes practical experience and he is expected to learn a vast number of plays and dances. By the time he is a mature performer he should need nothing more than a refresher to jog his memory.

For this same reason there is very little rehearsal time required... or available! A Kabuki run at any theatre usually begins in the first few days of the month and lasts until just a few days before the end of that month. The actors must begin to prepare for the following month's roles during the month in which they are playing other parts.

Naturally, brand new works or revivals are exceptions as they require more preparation.

February at Kabukiza Theatre


February 2 (Thu) - February 26 (Sun), 2017 Tokyo

February at Osaka Shochiku-za Theatre


February 1 (Wed) - February 25 (Sat), 2017 Osaka

March at Kabukiza Theatre


March 3 (Fri) - March 27 (Mon), 2017 Tokyo