The RSC has released first-look production photos of Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbour Totoro, which is now playing at the Barbican Theatre in London.
My Neighbour Totoro will play a 15-week season at the Barbican to 21 January 2023.
This magical story explores the fantasy world of childhood imagination, following an extraordinary summer in the lives of sisters Satsuki and Mei.
The cast of My Neighbour Totoro includes Haruka Abe (Yasuko/ Puppeteer), Li-Leng Au (Puppeteer), Boaz Chad (Puppeteer), Nino Furuhata (Kanta/ Puppeteer), Andrew Futaishi (Puppeteer), Zachary Hing (Puppeteer), Susan Momoko Hingley (Miss Hara/ Puppeteer), Yojiro Ichikawa (Puppeteer), Arina Ii (Puppeteer), Haruka Kuroda (Nurse Emiko/ Puppeteer), Marian Lee (Puppeteer), Matthew Leonhart (Puppeteer), Mei Mac (Mei), Aki Nakagawa (Puppeteer), Kanako Nakano (Tsukiko/ Puppeteer), Ami Okumura Jones (Satsuki), Michael Phong Le (Hiroshi/ Puppeteer), Tobi Poster-Su (Puppeteer), Si Rawlinson (Puppeteer), Dai Tabuchi (Tatsuo/ Puppeteer), Jacqueline Tate (Granny/ Puppeteer) and Shaofan Wilson (Puppeteer).
The much-loved 1988 animated feature film by Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away) is brought to the stage by its original composer Joe Hisaishi in this new adaptation by the RSC (Matilda The Musical) written by playwright Tom Morton-Smith (Oppenheimer) in collaboration with Improbable and Nippon TV.
The show is directed by Phelim McDermott with production design by Tom Pye, costumes by Kimie Nakano, lighting by Jessica Hung Han Yun, and movement by You-Ri Yamanaka.
The production will also 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 and Video by Finn Ross.
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Photos of My Neighbour Totoro
Photos by Manuel Harlan, (c) RSC with Nippon TV
Barbican Theatre, London