Iwai Hanshiro VI
- Born: 1799
- Died: 1836/4/8
- Other Names: 二代目岩井粂三郎 (nidaime Iwai Kumesaburou), 初代目岩井久二郎 (shodaime Iwai Hisajirou)
- Japanese: 六代目岩井半四郎 (rokudaime Iwai Hanshirou)
Iwai Hanshirô VI was a prominent onnagata of the early 19th century. He was particularly known for playing multiple roles in a single performance. He fell ill and died during one such performance, in which he was playing 15 roles in one play.
Like most kabuki actors, and many artists, of his time, Hanshirô had a number of names over the course of his career. He was the sixth actor to hold the name Hanshirô. Prior to that, he was the first Iwai Hisajirô, and the second Iwai Kumesaburô. He was also known by the nickname Kumesa Hanshirô.
Hanshirô's brother followed him in taking that name, becoming Iwai Hanshirô VII.
Life and Career
He fell ill during the month of 1836/2, during a run at the Morita-za of the play Sugawara-ryû Kanagaki Soga. The play combined the worlds of Kanadehon Chûshingura, Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami, and Soga Monogatari; in it, Hanshirô played fifteen roles. This was to be his final stage appearance. He died two months later, on 1836/4/8, and was buried at the temple Jôshin-ji in Edo's Fukagawa district.