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My Neighbour Totoro

Find your spirit with the return of the Royal Shakespeare Company and Executive Producer Joe Hisaishi’s “awe-inspiring” (Time Out) and “dazzling” (Guardian) production of Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbour Totoro, in collaboration with Improbable and Nippon TV. This five-star, Olivier Award-winning stage adaptation, written by Tom Morton-Smith (Oppenheimer) was the most anticipated theatrical event of 2022 and has now returned to play a second limited season at London’s Barbican until 23 March 2024. Winner of six Olivier Awards and five WhatsOnStage Awards, My Neighbour Totoro has been hailed as “utterly beguiling” (The Stage), “jaw-dropping” (Metro) and “theatre at its most magical” (LondonTheatre.co.uk). “A tender and remarkably beautiful show” (Financial Times), this acclaimed staging of the celebrated 1988 animated feature film by Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away) is an enchanting coming-of-age story exploring the magical fantasy world of childhood and the transformative power of imagination, as it follows one extraordinary summer in the lives of sisters Satsuki and Mei. In order to be closer to their mother while she recovers from an illness in a rural convalescent hospital, their father moves the family to the countryside. As the girls explore their beautiful new surroundings, Mei encounters magical creatures and the ancient protector of the forest she calls Totoro. Although Satsuki doesn’t believe her little sister at first, they are soon both swept up in exciting adventures with their new neighbours – transported to a long-forgotten realm of spirits, sprites, and natural wonder. Directed by Phelim McDermott with production design by Tom Pye, costume design by Kimie Nakano, and lighting design by Jessica Hung Han Yun, this “delightful” (Times) and ground-breaking “triumph” (Telegraph) of a production features puppetry created by Basil Twist and music from Joe Hisaishi’s iconic score in a new orchestration by Will Stuart, performed live with sound design by Tony Gayle. Book now for this unmissable, “huge, healing hug of a show” (The Stage). My Neighbour Totoro is now playing at the Barbican until 23 March 2024 only. __Access Performances__ - Audio Described: Saturday 16 December 2.00pm & Wednesday 28 February 7.00pm - Touch Tour: Saturday 16 December 12.00-12.30pm & Wednesday 28 February 5.00-5.30pm - BSL Integrated: Friday 9 February 7.00pm - Captioned: Saturday 16 December 2.00pm, Saturday 6 January 2.00pm, Thursday 25 January 2.00pm & Wednesday 28 February 7.00pm - Relaxed with Integrated BSL Interpreter (Audio Described & Captioned): Thursday 1 February 2.00pm Relaxed (Audio Described & Captioned): Saturday 17 February 2.00pm

Important Information

Please note, the show features puppets, some large scale that will interact in audience space. The show contains themes of an ill parent in hospital. It also features live music and sound effects that will be loud at times.

Age Restrictions

Age guidance: 6+. This production is not suitable for children under 4 years of age, including babes in arms. Younger children and babes in arms are welcome at our relaxed performances only.

Performance Times

Now taking bookings for performances from Wed 28th February 2024 until Sat 23rd March 2024.

Show times for each day are below.

Mon

-

Tue

7.00pm

Wed

7.00pm

Thu

2.00pm
7.00pm

Fri

7.00pm

Sat

2.00pm

Sun

-

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My Neighbour Totoro photo from the show
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My Neighbour Totoro photo from the show
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My Neighbour Totoro photo from the show
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My Neighbour Totoro photo from the show

Barbican Theatre Details

Buses Icon Bus routes: (Beech Street) 76, 153; (City Road) 21, 43, 141, 205, 214, 271

Night Buses Icon Night buses: (Beech Street) N76; (City Road) 43, 205, 214, 271

Rail Icon Nearest rail: Moorgate

London Underground Icon Tube lines: Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith & City

London Underground Icon Nearest tube: Barbican

Directions Icon Directions from Barbican :

(10mins) Take Goswell Road and turn right at Fann Street. Continue straight onto Fortune Street, before turning right at Whitecross Street and follow it all the way down to the theatre entrance.

Parking Icon Car park: Aldersgate Street underground car park (10mins)

Congestion Zone Icon In congestion zone?: Yes

Facilities at Barbican Theatre

Air conditioned

Bar

Disabled toilets

Infrared hearing loop

Toilets

Wheelchair accessible

Barbican Theatre Location

Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS
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My Neighbour Totoro

Barbican Theatre, London

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Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes (inc. interval)