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Major Kabuki performance in Tokyo halted after 48 actors, staff get COVID

Kabuki actors Ichikawa Ennosuke, left, and Onoe Kikunosuke (Mainichi)

TOKYO -- A major Kabuki performance in the Japanese capital that was slated to run for about a month has been halted after 48 actors and staff tested positive for the coronavirus.

    Producer Shochiku Co. announced on July 22 that 48 people including renowned actors Ichikawa Ennosuke and Onoe Kikunosuke, who were performing in the July Grand Kabuki performance at the Kabukiza Theatre in Tokyo, were infected with the virus. All scheduled shows through the production's final day on July 29 have been canceled.

    The July 18 morning performance was canceled after a member of the production was confirmed infected. From the following day, all shows -- morning, afternoon and evening -- were called off and PCR tests for everyone involved were conducted. Many proved positive.

    Information on ticket refunds has been posted to Shochiku's website at:

    (Japanese original by Yusuke Seki, Cultural News Department)

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