My Neighbour Totoro

My Neighbour Totoro

Barbican Theatre

4.9/5 based on 20 reviews (read reviews)
  • Booking until: Saturday, 23 March 2024
  • Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes (inc. interval)
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My Neighbour Totoro description

Find your spirit with the return of the Royal Shakespeare Company and Executive Producer Joe Hisaishi’s “awe-inspiring” (Time Out) and “dazzling” (Guardian) production of Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbour Totoro, in collaboration with Improbable and Nippon TV. This five-star, Olivier Award-winning stage adaptation, written by Tom Moton-Smith (Oppenheimer) was the most anticipated theatrical event of 2022 and returns to London’s Barbican for a strictly limited 18-week season from 21 November 2023.

Winner of six Olivier Awards and five WhatsOnStage Awards, My Neighbour Totoro 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.

Book now for this unmissable, “huge, healing hug of a show” (The Stage). My Neighbour Totoro plays at the Barbican from 21 November 2023 to 23 March 2024 only.

Playing at Barbican Theatre

Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS GB (venue info)

Barbican Theatre Directions

Age restrictions

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 only.

Important information

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 only.

Access Performances

Saturday 16 Dec 2023 14:00 - AUDIO DESCRIBED and CAPTIONED

Saturday 06 Jan 2024 14:00 - CAPTIONED

Thursday 25 Jan 2024 14:00 - CAPTIONED

Thursday 01 Feb 2024 14:00 - RELAXED, INTEGRATED BSL, AUDIO DESCRIBED and CAPTIONED

Friday 09 Feb 2024 19:00 - INTEGRATED BSL & BSL INTERPRETED POST SHOW TALK

Saturday 17 Feb 2024 14:00 - RELAXED, AUDIO DESCRIBED and CAPTIONED

Wednesday 28 Feb 2024 19:00 - AUDIO DESCRIBED and CAPTIONED

Please note, the show features puppets, some large scale that will interact in audience space. The show contains themes of an ill parent in hospital. It also features live music and sound effects that will be loud at times.

Performance Times
Mon - 19:00
Tue - 19:00
Wed - 19:00
Thu 14:00 19:00
Fri - 19:00
Sat 14:00 19:00
Sun - -
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Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS GB My Neighbour Totoro Cast
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Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS GB My Neighbour Totoro Cast
Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS GB My Neighbour Totoro Cast
Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS GB My Neighbour Totoro Cast
Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS GB My Neighbour Totoro Cast
Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS GB My Neighbour Totoro Cast