The stage adaptation has pulled in greats from all parts of the entertainment world; the Royal Shakespeare Company director Phelim McDermott and Improbable, the globally renowned improv acting group he co-founded, will work alongside famed Japanese composer (and longtime Miyazaki collaborator) Joe Hisaishi and playwright Tom Morton-Smith.
Set in rural Japan in the ‘50s, My Neighbor Totoro is a coming-of-age story following Satsuki and Mei, two sisters who move closer to the hospital where their mother is recovering from an illness. Their summer turns magical when they encounter a forest filled with loving spirits, including the one and only Totoro, along with an otherworldly catbus.
On stage, Satsuki and Mei’s magical woodland adventure will include puppetry (a must, given the film’s ethereal nature) and original songs from the movie. The stage adaptation also comes with a bonus: unheard orchestral pieces that never made the original cut.