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”My Neighbour Totoro” to return to London this autumn

My Neighbour Totoro production images from 2022
My Neighbour Totoro production images from 2022
© RSC, with Nippon TV, photo by Manuel Harlan
The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), in collaboration with Improbable and Nippon TV, has announced that Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbour Totoro will return for a limited run in autumn 2023.

The production, which was adapted by Tom Morton-Smith and directed by Improbable’s Phelim McDermott, broke the Barbican’s box office record for most tickets sold in a single day when it was first announced in April 2022.

It premiered in October 2022 and received critical acclaim, winning five WhatsOnStage Awards and being nominated for nine Olivier Awards.

The play will return to the Barbican Theatre from Tuesday 21 November to Saturday 23 March 2024. Priority booking for the show will open on Tuesday 11 April, with public booking available from Friday 21 April 2023.

A brand-new trailer has been released for the show:

The production explores the magical fantasy world of childhood and the transformative power of imagination, following one extraordinary summer in the lives of sisters Satsuki and Mei.

The production features music from Joe Hisaishi’s iconic score, performed live with sound design by Tony Gayle. The puppetry design and direction is by Basil Twist, created with puppetry associate Mervyn Millar’s Significant Object and the Jim Henson Creature Shop. Video design is by Finn Ross and Andrea Scott.

Artwork for the stage adaptation of My Neighbour Totoro includes a hand-drawn title by Toshio Suzuki, Producer for Studio Ghibli.

Casting for the 2023/24 run of My Neighbour Totoro will be announced soon.

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