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Japanese Theater and Drama: Kabuki

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Cross Gender Studies Guide by Setsuko Noguchi at UIUC includes Kabuki, Noh/Kyogen, Bunraku, Takarazuka, etc. sections.

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Reference Sources

Reference Sources in Japanese

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Includes 新版 歌舞伎事典 and 新版 能・狂言事典.

Kabuki Call Numbers and Subject Headings

Call Numbers

  • PL737            Japaense Literature - Kabuki
  • PL767            Collection of Kabuki texts
  • PN2924.5.K3  Kabuki performance

Subject Headings

  • Kabuki: Here are entered general works and those that deal solely with the presentation of Kabuki plays on the stage.
  • Kabuki plays: Here are entered the texts of the Kabuki plays and works treating of them from a literary point of view.

Japananese language resources are in the East Asian Collection on the 2nd floor and English language resources are on the 5th floor. To check out DVDs in the Media Collection, go to the Service Desk on the 1st floor. 

OCLC WorldCat

WorldCat Restricted Resource: A bibliographic database of over 62,000,000 records from over 2,000 libraries around the world.

If you are looking for the information about specific repertoire, try searching OCLC WorldCat in addition to InfoHawk and SmartSearch. Sometimes bibliographic records in WorldCat include more detailed table of contents.

Kabuki Videos -- English DVDs and Online Videos

The Art of Kabuki (Films For The Humanities & Sciences, 1988) 34:42 mins (From Theatre in Video) Icon

Kabuki acting techniques Main Media Collection Video record 32758 DVD 

Kabuki: Onoe Baiko the Seventh as The Salt Gatherer (Creative Arts Television, 1972) 28:34 mins (From Theatre in Video) Icon

Kabuki techniques Main Media Collection Video record 29008 DVD

Living treasures of Japan Main Media Collection Video record 29549 DVD

Portrait of an Onnagata Main Media Collection Video record 14292 DVD

Portrait of an Onnagata: The Female Impersonator in Kabuki (Films For The Humanities & Sciences, 1990) (From Theatre in Video) Icon

LinkThe martial arts of Kabuki from the National Theater Institute of Japan Main Media Collection Video record 37489 DVD 

The written face Main Media Collection Video record 35490 DVD 

Kabuki Videos -- Kabuki Meisakusen series with English commentary

Kabuki Meisakusen 歌舞伎名作撰

Dai 1-ki to dai 3-ki. 50 DVDs. In Japanese, with optional Japanese subtitles and optional Japanese and English commentary.

  • 勧進帳(78分)
  • 野田坂 研辰の討たれ(112分)
  • 一谷嫩軍記 熊谷陣屋(86分)
  • 義経千本桜 川連法眼館の場 奥庭の場 蔵王堂花矢倉の場(99分)
  • 天衣紛上野初花 河内山(90分)
  • 白浪五人男 浜松屋の場から滑川土橋の場まで(102分)
  • 封印切(83分)
  • 伊勢音頭恋寝刃(109分)
  • 藤娘保名鷺娘(73分)
  • 寺子屋(89分)
  • 達陀二人椀久(84分)
  • 隅田川英執着獅子(87分)
  • 十種香建礼門院(117分)
  • ヤマトタケル(180分)
  • 一本刀土俵入(94分)
  • 勧進帳(モノクロ)(77分)


  • 仮名手本忠臣蔵(大序三段目四段目)(道行五段目六段目)(七段目)(九段目十一段目)
  • 黒塚
  • 助六由縁江戸桜
  • 新皿屋舗月雨暈 魚屋宗五郎茨木
  • 曽我綉侠御所染 御所五郎蔵
  • 壇浦兜軍記 阿古屋
  • 雷神不動北山桜 毛抜鳴神
  • 極付幡随長兵衛
  • 伊賀越道中双六 沼津
  • 慙紅葉汗顔見勢 伊達の十役
  • 義経千本桜 渡海屋大物浦
  • 梶原平三誉石切 石切梶原
  • 棒しばり年増供奴
  • 祗園祭礼信仰記 金閣寺


  • 心中紙屋治兵衛 河庄
  • 豊後道成寺 うかれ坊主 女伊達
  • 菅原伝授手習鑑 車引賀の祝
  • 一谷嫩軍記 陣門組打
  • 雪暮夜入谷畦道
  • 伽羅先代萩
  • 盲長屋梅加賀鳶
  • 女殺油地獄
  • 一條大蔵譚
  • 近江源氏先陣館 盛綱陣屋
  • 奴道成寺 喜撰
  • 積恋雪関扉
  • 梅雨小袖昔八丈 髪結新三
  • 与話情浮名横櫛 ~木更津海岸見染の場~ ~源氏店の場~
  • 歌舞伎十八番の内 暫 歌舞伎十八番の内 外郎売
  • 歌舞伎名作撰 猿之助四十八撰の内 當世流小栗判官
  • 京鹿子娘二人道成寺 ~道行より鐘入りまで~

Kabuki Videos -- Other works

Kabuki no iki 歌舞伎のいき 4 v. DVD books. DVDs with Japanese narration and optional English commentary. Optional English subtitles for captionsMain Japanese Collection PN2924.5.K3 K2335 2008

 第 1卷. 基礎編 -- 第 2卷. 時代物・荒事編 -- 第 3卷. 世話物・和事・新歌舞伎編 -- 第 4卷. 舞踊・新時代の歌舞伎編.


Kabuki Videos -- Bando Tamasaburo works

Purofesshonaru shigoto no ryūgi (Television program) Kabuki yakusha Bandō Tamasaburō no shigoto : dakyō naki hibi ni bi wa yadoru プロフェッショナル仕事の流儀 (Television program) 歌舞伎役者坂東玉三郎の仕事 : 妥協なき日々に、美は宿る Main Media Collection Video record 29743 DVD

Bandō Tamasaburō butōshū 坂東玉三郎舞踊集 6 v. In Japanese, with optional Japanese subtitles and optional Japanese and English commentary.

京鹿子娘道成寺 Main Media Collection Video record 15021 DVD 
鷺娘 Main Media Collection Video record 15267 DVD 
楊貴妃 Main Media Collection Video record 28174 DVD 
鏡獅子 Main Media Collection Video record 28175 DVD 
お夏狂乱 Main Media Collection Video record 28176 DVD 
藤娘 Main Media Collection Video record 28177 DVD 


Digital Collections

Haiyū gakuya sugoroku: pleasure of taking a virtual backstage tour

Drama and Desire

On Stage in Osaka: Actor Prints from the MFA

歌舞伎浮世絵画廊 at 早稲田大学坪内博士記念演劇博物館ウェブ・ギャラリー


Books in English

Books in Japanese

Updated: 11/10/2014

Kabuki Program/Performance Information

Subject Guide

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