The Kabuki Juuhachiban, or Eighteen Best Kabuki Plays, is a set of kabuki plays, strongly associated with the Ichikawa Danjuurou line of actors ever since their premieres, and chosen (assembled as "the eighteen") later by actor Ichikawa Danjuurou VII (1800-1832) as the greatest representations of the aragoto style in the repertoire. The Danjuurou line has continued to dominate the leading roles, and the printing and production of these plays ever since.
Shibaraku, Narukami, Sukeroku, Ya-no-Ne, and Kanjinchou are still considered among the greatest of all kabuki plays, and are performed at least once a year. These plays are also often performed for shuumei, auspicious naming ceremonies in which actors who receive new names, particularly those receiving the illustrious name "Ichikawa Danjuurou", perform in these great plays which are strongly associated with that lineage.
OHAKO - The Eighteen (Year presented for the first time) Fuwa (1680) Narukami (1684) Shibaraku (1697) Fudou (1697) Uwanari (1699) Zouhiki (1701) Kanjinchou (1702) Sukeroku (1713) Uirou Uri (1718) Oshimodoshi (1727) Ya-no-Ne (1729) Kagekiyo (1732) Kan'u (1737) Nanatsumen (1740) Kenuki (1742) Gedatsu (1760) Jayanagi (1763) Kamahige (1769)