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