My Neighbour Totoro

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Barbican Theatre, London

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An enchanting coming-of-age story

The Royal Shakespeare Company and Executive Producer Joe Hisaishi, present the global premiere of Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbour Totoro live on stage at London’s Barbican this autumn.

The celebrated 1988 animated feature film by Hayao Miyazaki will be brought to the stage by its original composer Joe Hisaishi in a landmark new adaptation by the Royal Shakespeare Company (Matilda The Musical) written by playwright Tom Morton-Smith.

This enchanting coming-of-age story explores 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.

My Neighbour Totoro will play a strictly limited 15-week season to 21 January 2023 at the Barbican, London.

What's the story of My Neighbour Totoro?

This enchanting coming-of-age story explores 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.

Who is in the cast of My Neighbour Totoro?

The show stars Dai Tabuchi as the father, Tatsuo (and puppeteer); the two sisters are played by Ami Okumura  Jones as Satsuki and Mei Mac as Mei; Haruka Abe is the mother Yasuko (and puppeteer); plus Nino Furuhata is Kanta (and puppeteer), Susan Momoko Hingley is Miss Hara (and puppeteer), Haruka Kuroda is Nurse Emiko (and puppeteer), Michael Phong Le is Hirosh (and puppeteer), and Jacqueline Tate is Granny (and puppeteer).

Puppeteers also include Aki Nakagawa, Kanako Nakano, Marian Lee, Matthew Leonhart, Yojiro Ichikawa, Arina Ii, Andrew Futaishi, Zachary Hing, Li-Leng Au, Boaz Chad, Shaofan Wilson, Tobi Poster-Su, and Si Rawlinson.

Who are the creative team of My Neighbour Totoro?

Directed by Phelim McDermott with production design by Tom Pye, costume design by Kimie Nakano, and lighting design by Jessica Hung Han Yun, this ground-breaking production will feature 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.

Reviews of My Neighbour Totoro

★★★★★ "It’s unadulterated joy: a huge, healing hug of a show" - The Stage
★★★★★ "Astonishing puppetry, magical music and huge emotional impact" - The Guardian
★★★★★ "Magical staging of a much-loved film" - Financial Times
★★★★ "The RSC’s new blockbuster" - TimeOut
★★★★ "Spectacular" - The Telegraph
★★★★ "As pure spectacle, the results are overpowering" - The Times
★★★★  Average review score

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Show Information

Age restrictions
We suggest age 6+, but younger guests are welcome. The show will be quite long (running time TBC), quite loud in parts and possibly scary for some younger children at moments. Children need to occupy their own seats at all times throughout the performance. This production is not suitable for children under 4 years of age (including babes in arms).
Running time
To be confirmed
Performance dates
Booking to 21 January 2023
Performance days
Evenings: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Thursday, Saturday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.

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Venue Information

Barbican Theatre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS
Nearest Tube or Train: Barbican (Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith & City)
Nearest Buses: (Beech Street) 76, 153; (City Road) 21, 43, 141, 205, 214, 271

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