The RSC’s My Neighbour Totoro back to London for Christmas 2023
The smash-hit production of Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbour Totoro will return to the Barbican Theatre this year for an extended run.
The show will play the Barbican Theatre from 21 November 2023 to 23 March 2024.
Hayao Miyazaki’s acclaimed animated feature film has been turned into a hit stage play, and broke box-office records at the Barbican when it opened in October 2022.
My Neighbour Totoro scooped great reviews from the London critics, and has been nominated for nine 2023 Olivier Awards – the most of any show this year.
Adapted for the stage by Tom Morton-Smith (Oppenheimer), My Neighbour Totoro is directed by Improbable’s Phelim McDermott with production design by Tom Pye, costume design by Kimie Nakano, lighting design by Jessica Hung Han Yun, and movement by You-Ri Yamanaka. Puppetry design and direction is by Basil Twist, created with puppetry associate Mervyn Millar’s Significant Object and Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. The production features music from Joe Hisaishi’s iconic score in a new orchestration by Will Stuart, performed live with sound design by Tony Gayle. Video design is by Finn Ross and Andrea Scott. Associate Director is Ailin Conant.
Casting for the show’s return to London will be announced soon.
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.
Griselda Yorke, RSC Executive Producer, said in a press statement: “The most extraordinary group of artists have come together from all over the world to adapt this iconic film for the stage, and I am delighted that the production will return to the Barbican in 2023. My Neighbour Totoro is a story of imagination and courage which asks us to trust the youngest amongst us to see further than most of us dare to dream. With our return to the Barbican, many more audiences will be able to experience the joy of Totoro and we can’t wait to welcome them.”
The show is produced by Executive Producer Joe Hisaishi and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), in collaboration with Improbable and Nippon TV.
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