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My Neighbour Totoro is returning to London’s The Barbican Theatre this autumn, from 21st November 2023. Only playing for a limited run, until 23rd March 2024, so book your tickets before they sell out.

About My Neighbour Totoro

Winner of five WhatsOnStage Awards and nominated for an incredible nine Olivier Awards, My Neighbour Totoro is adapted by Tom Morton-Smith (Oppenheimer) and has been hailed as “utterly beguiling” (The Stage), “jaw-dropping” (Metro) and “theatre at its most magical” (LondonTheatre.co.uk).

“A tender and remarkably beautiful show” (Financial Times), this acclaimed staging of the celebrated 1988 animated feature film by Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away) 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.

Directed by Phelim McDermott with production design by Tom Pye, costume design by Kimie Nakano and lighting design by Jessica Hung Han Yun, this “delightful” (Times) and ground-breaking “triumph” (Telegraph) of a production features 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.

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“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

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: from 21st November 2023 – 23rd March 2024
Days valid: Monday – Thursday evening performances and Thursday matinees

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

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