My Neighbour Totoro

Barbican Centre in London

Thursday 13th October - Saturday 21st January 2023

Various times

No age restrictions

A global premiere as Joe Hisaishi and the RSC bring Studio Ghiblis enchanting classic coming-of-age film to the stage in a landmark new a...


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My Neighbour Totoro on Thursday 13th October - Saturday 21st January 2023

A global premiere as Joe Hisaishi and the RSC bring Studio Ghibli’s enchanting classic coming-of-age film to the stage in a landmark new adaptation in collaboration with Improbable and Nippon TV.

Exploring the magical fantasy world of childhood and the transformative power of imagination, My Neighbour Totoro follows one extraordinary summer in the lives of sisters Satsuki and Mei as they are swept up in exciting adventures with their new neighbours – transported to a long-forgotten realm of spirits, sprites, and natural wonder.

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

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 performed live.

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Cancellation Policy

If you test positive for COVID-19, display symptoms, or are asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace you can exchange your tickets.

If the show is cancelled due to COVID-19 or any other reason, you will be offered a free exchange or refund.

If the show is going ahead and you are able to attend, there will be no exchange or refund available.


The appearance of any member of cast is subject to change and may be affected by contracts, holiday, illness, or events beyond the producers' control.


To be confirmed

Good To Know

29 Oct 2.00pm, 18 Jan 7.00pm
Audio Described

15 December 2.00pm, 7 January 2.00pm

29 October 2.00pm, 12 November 2.00pm, 8 December 2.00pm, 18 January 2.00pm

15 December 2.00pm, 7 January 2.00pm
Hand-held captioned

15 December 2.00pm, 7 January 2.00pm

Suitable For Children

Age guidance: 6+ This production is not suitable for children under 4 years of age, including babes in arms. Younger children and babes in arms are welcome at our relaxed performances.

Entry Prices

Entry price (public): £33.00 - £150.00 (Additional fees may apply)

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