MIC’s 37th STAGE PRODUCTION

(Meitoku’s 37th)


ENGLISH KABUKI


MEITOKU INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS

presented


KANJINCHO

THE SUBSCRIPTION LIST


On Friday, 24 June, 2011

at Haruno Bunka Hall Pia Stage

Kochi City

 

This is the famous Kabuki play performed by leading Kabuki actor

KOSHIRO MATSUMOTO

more than 1,000 times.

Famous for its character of Benkei, who improvises words from a blank scroll and savagely beats his own master Yoshitsune (disguised as a porter) in order to save him from capture by his jealous elder brother Yoritomo.


Newly adapted by GAVIN BANTOCK, who also directed,

the story is completely recast in a ‘Shakespearean’ style and set in Italy of the Middle Ages.

Italy at that time was a loose group of warring states

as Japan was at the time of the Kanjincho story.