Onoe Kikunosuke was born on August 1, 1977 as the eldest son of Onoe Kikugoro. He made his debut under the name of Onoe Ushinosuke VI in the role of Ushiwakamaru in a performance of Ehon Ushiwakamaru given at the Kabuki-za theatre in February 1984.
In 1992 he danced Kyoganoko Sannin Dojoji at the Kabuki-za together with his grandfather Baiko and father Kikugoro. He took the name Onoe Kikunosuke V in May 1996 with performances in the role of Benten Kozo in Shiranami Gonin Otoko and Yayoi in Shunkyo Kagami-jishi. As well as taking on major onnagata female roles such as Yaegaki-hime in Honcho Nijushiko (The Twenty-Four Examples of Filial Piety) in 2000, he has also been active in the genre of modern theatre, taking roles such as Oresteia in the play Greeks directed by Yukio Ninagawa.
In 2004 he undertook his first major tachiyaku male role, playing Jiraiya in the revival of the play Jiraiya Goketsu Monogatari at the Misono-za theatre in Nagoya. At the performances held to mark the accession of the actor Ichikawa Shinnosuke VII to the new name of Ichikawa Ebizo XI in 2004, he played the roles of Agemaki in Sukeroku Yukari no Edo-zakura and O-Tomi in Yowa Nasake Ukina no Yokogushi, thus establishing his reputation as one of the most promising onnagata actors of his generation.
In 2005 he starred in Yukino Ninagawa's Kabuki adaptation of Twelfth Night, taking the three roles of Shishimaru (Cesario), Shiba Shuzennosuke (Sebastian) and Biwa-hime (Viola), and he received many prizes for his contribution to this production.
In recent years he has given frequent performances of Kyoganoko Musume Futari Dojoji with Bando Tamasaburo and has played the role of Masaoka in Meiboku Sendai Hagi (The Disputed Succession). He is continuing to perfect his art as a young onnagata actor of outstanding popularity and ability.
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