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My Neighbour Totoro
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My Neighbour Totoro

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About My Neighbour Totoro

Witness theatre magic as the landmark Studio Ghibli film, My Neighbour Totoro, comes to the stage. Book My Neighbour Totoro tickets on TodayTix today.

There’s limitless storytelling opportunities in My Neighbour Totoro. The Studio Ghibli film will feature original music by the film’s composer Joe Hisaishi alongside Tom Morton-Smith’s carefully considered stage adaptation.

You won’t have to worry about My Neighbour Totoro deviating too far from the original film, as the show is a collaboration between the Royal Shakespeare Company, Improbable and Japanese television network, Nippon TV.

Plus, there’s all the fantastical creatures to look forward to. The world-renowned puppet company, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, will make all the puppets for My Neighbour Totoro.

My Neighbour Totoro follows two sisters, Satsuki and Mei, as they relocate to the countryside to be by their mother’s bedside. As they discover their new surroundings, they suddenly meet a new community led by an ancient forest protector. At first, Satsuki is skeptical of her little sister, but together they’ll explore a new world.

See the world premiere of My Neighbour Totoro. Book My Neighbour Totoro tickets in London on TodayTix.

Photography by Manuel Harlan © RSC with Nippon TV

Access Performances: Audio Described - 18 Jan 7.00pm
BSL-integrated - 15 Dec 2.00pm, 7 Jan 2.00pm
Captioned - 8 Dec 2.00pm, 18 Jan 7.00pm
Hand-held captioned - 15 Dec 2.00pm, 7 Jan 2.00pm
Relaxed - 15 Dec 2.00pm, 7 Jan 2.00pm
Touch Tour - 18 Jan 5 – 5.30pm

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My Neighbour Totoro is a landmark Studio Ghibli film on stage. However, it’s not the first time a Japanese story has taken over London’s theatres. Jack Thorne adapted Hirokazu Kore-eda’s After Life on stage at the National Theatre. The My Neighbour Totoro play definitely has big shoes to fill.

As you’re watching My Neighbour Totoro, you’ll be forgiven for thinking that you’re watching Alice in Wonderland. There’s similarities between Totoro and the Lewis Carroll story: the young women find themselves meeting mystical characters, and they both fall down holes into a new world. Thankfully, there's no evil Queen of Hearts in this play!

Don’t miss out on theatre magic on stage, so book My Neighbour Totoro tickets on TodayTix today.

What to Watch For:

  • Did you know that the name Totoro translates to ‘troll’ in Japanese?
  • The sisters names, Satsuki and Mei, were chosen specifically to represent their characters. “Satsuki” is a traditional word for May, the fifth month of the year. But “Satsuki” can also translate to happiness. “Mei” can translate to bright and reliable.
  • My Neighbour Totoro also influenced future Pixar films. Films like Toy Story and Up were inspired by the kind and courageous characters in My Neighbour Totoro, and the Coco storyline derives from the Studio Ghibli film. There's even a cameo from Totoro in Toy Story 3!
Run time

TBC

Start date

October 8th, 2022

End date

January 21st, 2023

Genre

Plays

Venue

Barbican Centre

Age

We suggest age 6+. The show is quite long, quite loud in parts and possibly scary for some younger children at moments. Children need to occupy their own seats. This production is not suitable for children under 4 years of age (including babes in arms).

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