My Neighbour Totoro, at the Barbican 

Stage Adaptation of Ghibli Studio Classic Comes to The Barbican for World Premiere

Settle in for a magical, whimsical evening of pure joy when My Neighbour Totoro arrives at the Barbican for the very first time...

Lead Photo: Barbican

Studio Ghibli's much loved classic, My Neighbour Totoro has been adapted for the stage and the Barbican is lucky enough to host the show's world premiere this October. 

For a show that is going to delight both adults and children, Joe Hisaishi's original film score has had a reworking by composer Will Stuart (who has worked with the likes of Shirley Bassey, Paloma Faith and Cerys Matthews).

Film still of My Neighbour Totoro

My Neighbour Totoro film still - Studio Ghibli

The production is a collaboration between Hisaishi, who EP's the show, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Improbable and Nippon TV.

The stage adaption is written by Tom Morton-Smith, directed by Phelim McDermott and features puppetry by Basil Twist. 

My Neighbour Totoro tells the tale of sisters Satsuki and Mei who spend a summer in the countryside to be close to their mother who is recovering from an illness. 

As the sisters get acquainted with their surroundings, Mei meets a creature she calls Totoro who is the ancient protector of the forest who whisks the girls away on a spirit and sprite-filled adventures in this delightful coming of age story. 

The world premiere of the show kicks off at the Barbican on Saturdays, October 8, and runs until Saturday January 21, 2022.

Ticket sales for the show have already broken the Barbican's record for most tickets sold in one day, so don't leave it too long to grab yours.

Tickets start from £15 and are available from

Address: Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS


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