My Neighbour Totoro returns to the West End for a strictly limited run from November 21 to March 23, 2024. The work previously enjoyed a world premiere at the Barbican in 2022, where it now returns.
Based on the beloved 1988 Studio Ghibli film, My Neighbour Totoro took home the most wins of this year's Olivier Awards, with six wins, including Best Entertainment or Comedy Play, and Best Director for Phelim McDermott.
Presented with executive producer Joe Hisaishi, the Royal Shakespeare Company production is a coming-of-age adventure story following sisters Satsuki and Mei, played by Ami Okumura Jones and Mei Mac in the premiere production, who move to the countryside with their father to be closer to their ill mother. Mei explores the new area, meeting magical creature and the ancient protector Totoro in the work's fantasy world setting.
The company includes Jessie Baek, Jasmine Bayes,Boaz Chad, Jasmine Chiu, Elizabeth Chu, Andrew Futaishi, Yojiro Ichikawa, Arina li, Anna Kato, Heather Lai, Matthew Leonhart, Ka Long Kelvin Chan, Mei Mac, Amanda Maud, Ai Ninomiya, Yuki Nitta, Ami Okumura Jones, Bright Ong, Mark Takeshi Ota, Emily Piggford, Daniel Phung, Si Rawlinson, Gun Suen, Dai Tabuchi, Jacqueline Tate, Shaofan Wilson, and Naomi Yang. All actors play a variety of roles, in addition to serving as puppeteers.
Tom Morton-Smith pens the adaptation, which features music from Hisaishi, who serves as composer in addition to executive producer. Phelim McDermott directs the production which features production design by Tom Pye, costumes by Kimie Nakano, lighting by Jessica Hung Han Yun, movement by You-Ri Yamanaka, puppetry by Basil Twist, music by Hisaishi, orchestration by Will Stuart, and sound design by Tony Gayle.
For more information, visit Barbican.org.uk.