English Information



November 1980, Osaka University of Arts Theatrical Arts Department mainly senior students (Shu Kogure, Hidenori Inoue, etc.) launched by playing Kohei Tsuka’s “The Atami Murder Case”. The name of the troupe “Shinkansen” was decided upon the reason that the members used bullet train ‘shinkansen’ to go back home during that time. The troupe became popular as a copying troupe of Tsuka’s work and became the pillar of the theater boom within Kansai region college students.
The genre of the play shifted from copy of Tsuka’s play to original entertainment full of comedy, rock, and action.
Currently, it is subdivided by series such as Inoue Kabuki and Shinkansen R, and this unique characteristic is established as “Shinkansen-ism”, which Gekidan☆Shinkansen is now one of the genres in the entertainment field.
The gorgeous cast in every work draws attention of the audience since the troupe is acknowledged as a troupe that the actors want to play in.
Gekidan☆Shinkansen’s greatest number of recruitments is the 2012 winter performance “ZIPANG PUNK ~ Goemon Rock III” recording over 130 thousand people. In 2015, Gekidan☆Shinkansen reached 35 year anniversary.

Seven Souls in the Skull Castle

“Seven Souls in the Skull Castle” was produced at Ikebukuro West Gate Park in 1990, brushed up and performed every 7 years. It is now recognized as the masterpiece work of the troupe. Especially the 1997 version had the perfect harmony with all of the story, performance, sword battle, and music, and became the best of ‘Inoue Kabuki’ series.
Then, in 2004 they tried out a bold attempt, named “Skull Year” and performed the same work with completely different casts with change in direction, continuously in spring and fall. The change between the two works, dramatic “Ver.RED” and pretense “Ver.BLUE” was a huge success and brought to an end as a work. Moreover, in 2011, after 21 years from the first performance, they brought back “Seven Souls in the Skull Castle” with young casts and new conception. Furthermore, in 2017~2018, after another 7 years, “Seven Souls in the Skull Castle” has reborn as an opening of the new unheard-of rotating seating theatre, ‘Stage Around’, with further possible dynamic performance.

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