My Neighbour Totoro on Stage

What’s Hot | 23rd May 2022 | 3min read

The celebrated 1988 Hayao Miyazaki masterpiece, ‘My Neighbour Totoro’ is coming to London to make its stage debut. Hooray!

Made possible by Executive Producer Joe Hisaishi and the Royal Shakespeare Company in collaboration with Improbable and Nippon TV, the stage adaptation of the beloved coming-of-age film will run from the 8th of October, 2022 until the 21st of January, 2023 at Barbican Theatre.

Set in 1950s Japan, the story revolves around the magical world of sisters, Satsuki and Mei. They move into an old countryside house with their father one summer whilst their mother recovers from a long-term illness in a hospital nearby.

The siblings discover friendly spirits in their new home and meet otherworldly characters like Totoro and Catbus.

Witness their exciting adventures and be moved by this heartwarming tale of childhood, magical moments and natural wonder.

This landmark new adaptation is written by playwright Tom Morton-Smith and directed by Phelim McDermott with production design by Tom Pye, costume design by Kimie Nakano, and lighting design by Jessica Hung Han Yun.

It will also feature puppetry created by Basil Twist and music from Joe Hisaishi’s iconic score performed live.

There will be a series of accessible performances on the following dates:

29 Oct 2.00pm and 18 Jan 7.00pm
Audio Described

15 Dec 2.00pm and 7 Jan 2.00pm

29 Oct 2.00pm, 12 Nov 2.00pm, 8 Dec 2.00pm and 18 Jan 2.00pm

15 Dec 2.00pm and 7 Jan 2.00pm
Hand-held captioned

15 Dec 2.00pm and 7 Jan 2.00pm

29 Oct 12 12.30pm and 18 Jan 5.30pm
Touch Tour

Additionally, the performance on the 2nd of December will feature a post-show talk free to same-day ticket holders.

Sound up your street? Don’t miss the chance to watch Totoro at Barbican Theatre. Book your tickets here now.

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Hope to see you there!

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