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My Neighbour Totoro - Global Premiere at the Barbican

My Neighbour Totoro The Royal Shakespeare Company and Executive Producer Joe Hisaishi are delighted to present the global premiere of the Japanese creative powerhouse Studio Ghibli's masterpiece, My Neighbour Totoro. It’s live and brilliant on stage at London's Barbican this autumn, created in collaboration with Improbable and Nippon TV. It’s on for a strictly limited 15-week season from 8th October 2022 to 21st January 2023.

Who’s involved in My Neighbour Totoro?

This is a truly enchanting coming-of-age story. It follows the magical fantasy world of the sisters Satsuki and Mei. Their dad moves them to the countryside to be closer to their mother while she recovers from an illness in a rural hospital. The girls meet magical creatures along with the ancient protector of the forest, Totoro, entering the forgotten realm of spirits, sprites, and natural wonder.

  • Based on the celebrated 1988 animated feature film by Hayao Miyazaki
  • Brought to the stage by its original composer Joe Hisaishi
  • A landmark new adaptation by the RSC
  • Written by playwright Tom Morton-Smith
  • Perfect for people aged 6 or more
  • Directed by Phelim McDermott
  • Production design by Tom Pye
  • costume design by Kimie Nakano
  • Lighting design by Jessica Hung Han Yun
  • Puppetry created by Basil Twist
  • Music from Joe Hisaishi's iconic score
  • A new orchestration by Will Stuart
  • Performed live with sound design by Tony Gayle

Buy My Neighbour Totoro Tickets

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About the Barbican, London

The Barbican Centre is a brilliant piece of Brutalist architecture. It’s a performing arts centre in the Barbican Estate of the City of London, the biggest of its kind in Europe. Past shows at the Barbican include cinema, art and design, performance art, dance, music, plus all sorts of fascinating tours and exciting public spaces.