Kabuki theatre: a drag act with a difference

Japanese kabuki is one of the most impressive spectacles in world theatre: a spectacular, heavily costumed affair played by an exclusively male cast. This is one of Japan’s most famous ‘onnagata’ – cross-dressing – actors, Nakamura Shibajaku VII, who has portrayed princesses and courtesans at venues all over the world. Getting ready for work has never been this laborious …

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