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What to expect

Get inside the enchanting world of the classic film, 'My Neighbour Totoro', by Studio Ghibli, as a new stunning stage adaptation is ready for its world premiere at the Barbican Theatre. Executive producer Joe Hisaishi and the Royal Shakespeare Company bring the magical fantasy world of the transformative power of imagination and childhood to the theatre near you in collaboration with Nippon TV and Improbable. The story follows Satsuki and Mei, two sisters who move in with their father, to stay near their sick mother who is currently receiving treatment. The sisters, on one extraordinary summer, befriend a few spirits in the woodlands, which includes the forest protector named Totoro. The 1988 film by Hayao Miyazaki has captivated audiences for decades and now the stage adaptation will bring alive all the magical creatures for the global premiere, filled with music, puppetry, and storytelling. The original score by Joe Hisaishi will be performed each night live, along with music by Will Stuart. Enjoy the show with director Phelim McDermott at the helm. Book 'My Neighbour Totoro' tickets today.

About 'My Neighbour Totoro'

What is 'My Neighbour Totoro' about?

The lovely story of 'My Neighbour Totoro' is enchanting; it dives into the magical fantasy world of youth and explores the transformative power of imagination that every human is capable of. Satsuki and Mei are two sisters and this story follows them through one extraordinary summer. The mother of Mei and Satsuki is recovering from an illness in a hospital in the countryside and that is the reason the sisters are relocated to a rural part, to be closer to their mother. The girls start exploring the area and discover the beautiful surroundings. Mei, the younger one, finds some stunning forest magical creatures in the woodland along with the ancient protector of the area, whom she names Totoro. Satsuki remains sceptical at first and doesn't believe Mei, but soon both the sisters embark on exciting adventures with their neighbour Totoro and the other creatures. The sisters get transported to a realm so ancient that it is long forgotten and is full of sprites, spirits, and natural wonders.

For decades now, the 1988 animated feature film by Studio Ghibli, the Japanese creative powerhouse, has captured the minds and hearts of audiences far and wide. Executive producer Joe Hisaishi and the Royal Shakespeare Company join hands with Nippon TV and Improbable to bring the world premiere of the new stage adaptation of 'My Neighbour Totoro' to the Barbican Theatre in London this autumn.

The story of the play is based on the animated film by Hayao Miyazaki, the founder of Studio Ghibli. The original composer of the film Joe Hisaishi brings this adaptation of 'My Neighbour Totoro' to the theatre with playwright Tom Morton-Smith at the helm, along with director Phelim McDermott. Tom Pye worked on production design, Kimie Nakano on costume design, Jessica Hung Han Yun on lighting design, Basil Twist on puppetry creation, Will Stuart on orchestration, with the iconic music from Joe Hisaishi, and Tony Gayle on sound design.

Get your 'My Neighbour Totoro' tickets today and enjoy the live adaptation of the show at the Barbican Theatre in London.

What age is 'My Neighbour Totoro' suitable for?

The recommended age for 'My Neighbour Totoro' is six and above. Younger guests are welcome to the show, but the show is full of loud sounds and frightening moments, which can be scary for younger children. Parents' discretion is advised. The show is not suitable for visitors of age four and younger, which includes babes-in-arms.

How long is the show?

The running time of 'My neighbour Totoro' has not been announced, but it is said to be a long show.

Who is the team behind 'My Neighbour Totoro'?

The Barbican Theatre in London is ready to welcome Studio Ghibli's animated film, 'My Neighbour Totoro', into a stage adaptation by Joe Hisaishi and the Royal Shakespeare Company, in collaboration with Improbable and Nippon TV.

The playwright of the show is Tom Morton-Smith (of 'Oppenheimer' fame). The show is directed by Phelim McDermott, with Tom Pye as the production designer. Kimie Nakano is on costume design, Jessica Hung Han Yun is on lighting design, Basil Twist on puppetry, Will Stuart is the orchestrator and arranger and will feature the original score from Joe Hisaishi in every performance, Tony Gayle is on sound design, and You-Ri Yamanaka on movement.

The artwork for 'My Neighbour Totoro' at the Barbican Theatre includes a title hand-drawn and is made by Toshio Suzuki. Suzuki is a producer for Studio Ghibli, who was also a part of the production and planning of the 1988 original animated film.

Who is in the London cast of 'My Neighbour Totoro'?

The cast of 'My Neighbour Totoro' has not been announced yet.

Directions, Venue Info, And Attendee FAQs

Where is 'My Neighbour Totoro' being performed?

The address of the venue is Barbican Theatre, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS, United Kingdom.

The theatre is located within the main building.

How do I get to the Barbican Theatre?

The theatre is within walking distance of many bus routes, train stations, and tube stations. Choose your preferred mode of transport from the following options.

The A40 will take you to the theatre in the shortest possible time if you are travelling by car.

There are a number of Elizabeth Line stations and London Underground stations within walking distance from the theatre. Barbican is approximately four minutes away, Moorgate is seven minutes away, Farringdon is eight minutes away, and St Paul's is 11 minutes away.

Liverpool Street and Farringdon are the nearest train stations.

You can take buses 153, 4, and 56 to reach the destination.

Where can I park near the Barbican?

You can park at Beech Street and Silk Street. These are open 24 hours a day.

Where are the toilet facilities at the Barbican Theatre?

There are male, female, and gender-neutral toilets inside the theatre building and in the Barbican building. Accessible toilets are available throughout the centre and on most of the levels.

Is the Barbican Theatre accessible?

The theatre is accessible and the Silk Street main entrance can be accessed by a ramp. There is step-free access to the ground floor from the entrance.

Where can I eat nearby?

Some popular recommendations are Barbican Kitchen, Bonfire, Osteria, German Doner Kebab, The Jugged Hare, and Cote Brasserie.

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