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The Royal Shakespeare Company and Executive Producer Joe Hisaishi, present the global premiere of Japanese creative powerhouse Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbour Totoro live on stage at London’s Barbican this autumn in collaboration with Improbable and Nippon TV.

About My Neighbour Totoro

The celebrated 1988 animated feature film by Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away) has been brought to the stage by its original composer Joe Hisaishi in this landmark new adaptation by the RSC (Matilda The Musical) written by playwright Tom Morton-Smith (Oppenheimer).

This enchanting coming-of-age story explores 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.

Directed by Phelim McDermott with production design by Tom Pye, costume design by Kimie Nakano, and lighting design by Jessica Hung Han Yun, this ground-breaking production will feature puppetry created by Basil Twist and music from Joe Hisaishi’s iconic score in a new orchestration by Will Stuart, performed live with sound design by Tony Gayle.

My Neighbour Totoro will play a strictly limited 15-week season from 8 October 2022 – 21 January 2023 and promises to delight all generations.

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Ami Okumura Jones, Mei Mac and Jaqueline Tate as Satsuki, Mei and Granny in My Neighbour Totoro. Photograph by Manuel Harlan (c) RSC with Nippon TV.

My Neighbour Totoro School Trip Rates

Schools can take advantage of the exclusive school group rate – allowing them to purchase tickets for just £25! Plus 1 free teacher ticket for every 10 students booked.

Cost: £25 per student
Teachers: 1 free ticket per 10 students booked
Venue: The Barbican Theatre, London
Dates: Until 21st January 2023
Days valid: Monday – Thursday performances

Please note that exclusions may apply. All group rates based on availability and subject to change. 

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“The show was fantastic… It would be good for subjects such as Reading, Writing, History and PSHE.”

Dormers wells junior school
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Nino Furuhata as Kanta in My Neighbour. Photograph by Manuel Harlan (c) RSC with Nippon TV.

“It was one of the best things I have seen in a long time, beautiful and magical and a joy to watch.”

West Ham Church Primary School
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Ai Ninomiya as the Singer and company members in My Neighbour Totoro (c) Studio Ghibli. Photograph by Manuel Harlan (c) RSC with Nippon TV.

” I loved the puppetry…”

Coombe Girls School
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Nino Furuhata as Kanta in My Neighbour Totoro (c) Studio Ghibli. Photograph by Manuel Harlan (c) RSC with Nippon TV.

“Great show! Really true to the style of the film. The visual effects and puppetry were brilliant.”

Penwortham Primary School
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Ami Okumura Jones and Mei Mac as Satsuki and Mei in My Neighbour Totoro (c) Studio Ghibli. Photograph by Manuel Harlan (c) RSC with Nippon TV.


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Mei Mac as Mei in My Neighbour Totoro. Photograph by Manuel Harlan (c) RSC with Nippon TV.
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Jaqueline Tate and Mei Mac as Granny and Mei in My Neighbour Totoro (c) Studio Ghibli. Photograph by Manuel Harlan (c) RSC with Nippon TV.
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Mei Mac as Mei in My Neighbour Totoro (c) Studio Ghibli. Photograph by Manuel Harlan (c) RSC with Nippon TV.
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Mei Mac, Dai Tabuchi and Ami Okumura Jones as Mei, Tatsuo and Satsuki in My Neighbour Totoro. Photograph by Manuel Harlan (c) RSC with Nippon TV.

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