Learn about the history, culture and practice of Japanese Kabuki theatre with this thorough guide. Kabuki has been described as the finest theatre art in the world and its growing popularity both in Japan and abroad bears witness to its tremendous dramatic effectiveness. Here at last is a genuine key, one which opens wide vistas of understanding and appreciation. Included here are lucid synopses and crystal-clear explanations of the hundred-odd plays which form the backbone of the classical Kabuki repertoir. Equally as valuable as the synopses are the informative and entertaining Notes explaining the many points that have proved perplexing to the non-Japanese spectator. Kabuki is drama drama par excellence and now, thanks to this invaluable handbook, may at least be enjoyed as such.