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Spirited Away

Until August 24, 2024

Watching the stage play adaptation of Hayao Miyazaki's Academy Award-winning, animated masterpiece Spirited Away is a surreal experience

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The stage adaptation of Studio Ghibli's timelessly beautiful anime movie Spirited Away comes to the London Coliseum for its European premiere in 2024. Based loosely on themes from Japanese folklore, the original movie is arguably seen as director Hayao Miyazaki's seminal work, bringing the studio's jaw-droppingly captivating animated stories, full of intrigue and otherworldly charm, to a wider audience. With the roaringly successful 2022 stage adaptation of Ghibli's My Neighbour Totoro proving beyond any doubt that their enchanting tales can translate to the stage to thrilling effect, Spirited Away continues the studio's breaking of new ground at the theatre.

Spirited Away follows 10 year old Chihiro who, during a house move with her family, falls into the world of the Kami - the spirits and deities of Japanese shintoism. Making friends with the iconic No-Face, Chihiro must find a way to escape the mystical world and return her parents to their human form, having been transformed into pigs. The production features Joe Hisaishi's haunting musical score and the play will be performed with its original Japanese dialogue, with English subtitles above the stage.

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Dates

Opening night: 30 April 2024

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Cast

Chihiro
Kanna Hashimoto
Mone Kamishiraishi
Rina Kawaei
Momoko Fukuchi

Haku
Kotaro Daigo
Hiroki Miura
Atsuki Mashiko

Lin/Chihiro’s mother
Fu Hinami
Yuki Hana
Rion Misaki 

Kamaji
Tomorowo Taguchi
Satoshi Hashimoto
Tomu Miyazaki

Yubaba/Zeniba
Mari Natsuki
Romi Park 
Hitomi Harukaze

Chichiyaku
Sunao Yoshimura
Toshihiko Ito

Aogaeru

Obata no Oniisan 
Seiya Motoki 

Hikaru Yamano as Kaonashi (‘No-Face’) 
Kenya Osumi as Aniyaku/Chihiro’s father
Yuya Igarashi as Kashira
Mayu Musha as Bo

With

Miyu Ayahashi, Kaito Arai, Yoko Ose, Wataru Oshige, Motoko Orii, Akino Konno, Ryo Sawamura, Mayu Suetomi, Rico Takahashi, Hayato Takehiro, Saya Chinen, Hanano Teshirogi, Ayame Nakagami, Yuuki Nishinomiya, Rei Hanashima, Yoshiki Fujioka, Norihide Mantani, Eiji Mizuno, Miffy, Maki Morita, Yuna Yasuno, Yamato, Kazuma Kimura, Annakanako Mohri, Marina Mori and Toshiki Hirose

Creative

Directed by Maoko Imai
Musical supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Brad Haak
Set design by Jon Bausor
Puppet design by Toby Olié
Choreography by Shigehiro Ide
Costume design by Sachiko Nakahara
Lighting design by Jiro Katsushiba
Sound design by Koichi Yamamoto
Hair and make-up by Hiroaki Miyauchi
Projection design by Satoshi Kuriyama
Stage managing by Takashi Hojo

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this adaptation captured the essence and narrative of a timeless classic with remarkable fidelity

Building on the triumph of Studio Ghibli's previous screen-to-stage adaptation, My Neighbour Totoro,' the theatrical rendition of Spirited Away' faced immense expectations to match the magic of its predecessor. Adapted by Joe Caird, the show made its gra

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