Emmie Newitt

Six reasons to see MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO on stage in London

Are you a fan of heartwarming tales, enchanting animations, and delightful adventures? If so then one must-see show for you is MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO.

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This beloved Studio Ghibli animated film has been adapted for the stage in spectacular style. The show which transcends generations and cultures has snapped up many awards since it opened, including six Olivier awards! But what is it about this production that has proved so popular? We’re about to tell you in today’s post which gives six reasons why catching MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO is an absolute must!

1. Studio Ghibli Magic

Studio Ghibli films are renowned for their stunning animation, rich and captivating storytelling, so it's no surprise that MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO can transfer all of that magic in this stage production. Set in rural Japan, the film follows two young sisters who encounter magical creatures in the forest near their home. Seeing this animated masterpiece come to life on the stage allows audiences of all ages to fully immerse themselves in the enchanted world crafted by the legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki.

2. Breathtaking puppetry

There’s nothing like quite experiencing how the creative team has translated this story onto the stage using breathtaking puppetry. Audiences gasp in amazement at the true scale of what MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO manages to bring to the stage. It’s one of the most unforgettable things you will take from seeing this show.

3. Timeless Themes

At the core of this production is a story about family, friendship, and the wonders of nature. Its timeless themes resonate with audiences of all ages, making it a truly universal play. From the bond between siblings to the importance of preserving the environment, the messages conveyed in MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO are still as relevant today as they were when the film was first released in 1988.

my neighbour totoro production imageMY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO production image. Photos by Manuel Harlan © RSC with Nippon TV

4. Award-winning production

It's not just audiences that adore this production but when it's snapped up multiple awards, you know it's worth seeing! This landmark production won a total of six Olivier Awards and five WhatsOnStage Awards including one for Best Comedy Play.

5. Celebrate Japanese Culture

Performing in London’s diverse cultural scene makes it the perfect setting for celebrating the beauty of Japanese culture which is integrated into MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO. The story offers audiences a glimpse into Japanese folklore and traditions, from the playful antics of Totoro to the serene beauty of the countryside.

6. Join a Community of Fans

Watching MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO in the theatre allows you to connect with fellow fans and share in the collective experience. Whether you’re laughing at Totoro’s antics, gasping at the production’s breathtaking puppetry, or wiping away a tear during its poignant moments, you are not alone.

In conclusion, MY NEIGBOUR TOTORO at the Barbican Theatre offers a unique and unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. With its award wins, breathtaking puppetry and timeless themes - you really can’t miss this one! With performances at the Barbican Theatre until 23 March, don’t miss your chance to journey into the enchanting world of Totoro.

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