My Neighbour Totoro

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Find your spirit with My Neighbour Totoro when this five-star award-winning production returns for a strictly limited season this autumn.

Winner of six Olivier Awards and five WhatsOnStage Awards, this staging of the celebrated 1988 animated feature film is brought to you by the Royal Shakespeare Company and Executive Producer Joe Hisaishi, in collaboration with Improbable and Nippon TV and adapted by Tom Morton-Smith. 

My Neighbour Totoro is an enchanting coming-of-age story exploring the magical fantasy world of childhood and the transformative power of imagination as it follows one extraordinary summer in the lives of sisters Satsuki and Mei.In order to be closer to their mother while she recovers from an illness in a rural convalescent hospital, their father moves the family to the countryside. As the girls explore their beautiful new surroundings, Mei encounters magical creatures and the ancient protector of the forest she calls Totoro.

Although Satsuki doesn’t believe her little sister at first, they are soon both swept up in exciting adventures with their new neighbours – transported to a long-forgotten realm of spirits, sprites, and natural wonder.

Griselda Yorke, RSC Executive Producer, said: 

‘The most extraordinary group of artists have come together from all over the world to adapt this iconic film for the stage. 

My Neighbour Totoro is a story of imagination and courage which asks us to trust the youngest amongst us to see further than most of us dare to dream. With our return to the Barbican, many more audiences will be able to experience the joy of Totoro and we can’t wait to welcome them.’ 

Barbican Centre, Silk St, Barbican, London EC2Y 8DS. Dates: Nov 21st – March 23rd. Times: 7pm; Thur & Sat matinees 2pm. Admission: £25 – £150.

Booking: – 020 7638 8891


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