My Neighbour Totoro: West End Bound!

Published Wed, 24 April 2024

Fans of Studio Ghibli's iconic film "My Neighbour Totoro" will soon have another chance to experience its magic live on stage as the award-winning stage adaptation makes its way to London's West End in 2025.

After two successful runs at the Barbican theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company's production will enchant audiences at the Gillian Lynne theatre starting March next year, promising a 34-week run of wonder and adventure.

Adapted for the stage by Tom Morton Smith, the production has already garnered praise and accolades, including six Olivier Awards and five WhatsOnStage Awards. Drawing inspiration from Hayao Miyazaki's beloved 1988 animated fantasy, the story follows the journey of two sisters, Satsuki and Mei, as they encounter magical creatures and befriend the enigmatic Totoro, guardian of the forest.

Critics have lauded the stage adaptation for its enchanting portrayal, with The Guardian hailing it as "dazzling" and "emotionally impactful." While some, like the Evening Standard's Nick Curtis, have expressed reservations, overall, the production promises an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages.

Director Phelim McDermott expressed his excitement, stating it's "truly an honour to share the joy of this production with thousands more in London’s West End." With tickets set to go on sale, anticipation is high for this upcoming theatrical journey into the enchanting world of "My Neighbour Totoro."