SPIRITED AWAY re-imagined for the stage London Coliseum

TOHO Co Ltd presents, co-produced with PW Productions Ltd, the European premiere of SPIRITED AWAY, opening on the London Coliseum in April 2024. Join precedence reserving and be the primary to entry tickets at www.spiritedawayuk.com

SPIRITED AWAY. Mone Kamishiraishi 'Chihiro'.
SPIRITED AWAY. Mone Kamishiraishi ‘Chihiro’.

Studio Ghibli’s SPIRITED AWAY, created by legendary animator and director Hayao Miyazaki, has been re-imagined for the stage by Toho Theatrical Division and Olivier and Tony Award-winning director John Caird (Les Misérables). Following a sell-out tour of Japan in 2022, the unique Japanese forged together with Kanna Hashimoto and Mone Kamishiraishi, who play Chihiro, will carry out this spectacular manufacturing for a strictly restricted London season. The manufacturing will probably be offered within the unique Japanese, with English captions. Miyazaki’s masterpiece is introduced fantastically to life with a dwell orchestra taking part in the magnificent movie rating by Joe Hisaishi organized by Brad Haak (Mary Poppins), dazzling set design by Jon Bausor (Bat Out of Hell), wildly imaginative puppets designed by Toby Olié (Pinocchio: Nationwide Theatre), choreography by Shigehiro Ide (NODA MAP Sequence), and lavish costumes by Sachiko Nakahara.

Director Hayao Miyazaki’s timeless masterpiece SPIRITED AWAY grew to become an explosive blockbuster after its 2001 launch and received the Academy Award for Greatest Animated Characteristic Movie in 2003. A masterpiece of storytelling and beautiful visuals SPIRITED AWAY tells the enchanting story of Chihiro who whereas touring to a brand new house along with her household, stumbles right into a world of improbable spirits dominated over by the sorceress Yubaba. When her dad and mom are turned
into pigs and he or she is put to work in a magical bathhouse, Chihiro should use her wits to outlive on this unusual new place, discover a method to free her dad and mom, and return to the traditional world.

Director, John Caird stated “I’m proud and delighted to current the unique Japanese stage manufacturing of SPIRITED AWAY on the Coliseum Theatre subsequent 12 months. We had an exquisite time creating the present in 2022 and I’m so blissful now to be spiriting away a British viewers into Hayao Miyazaki’s magical world. A world of gods and frogs, dragons and sorcerers, giant-sized infants and bouncing heads, spider-armed boilermen, no-faced loners and a younger woman’s valiant quest for braveness, identification and love.

Toshio Suzuki, Producer of Studio Ghibli, stated “The day we first met John Caird, Hayao Miyazaki and I believed he was the right director for the manufacturing –– that was the start of this challenge. It was due to the laborious work of John, the forged, and all these concerned that the premiere manufacturing obtained such excessive acclaim. I want to specific my deepest respect to all concerned within the creation of this monumental piece of theatre. I actually stay up for SPIRITED AWAY being loved by audiences in London.

Hiroyasu Matsuoka, President of TOHO Co Ltd, stated “The stage play SPIRITED AWAY is lastly arriving in London. For the reason that Nineteen Seventies, Toho has licensed unique musicals for abroad productions, however for the primary time in over ninety years of Toho’s historical past, a Japan-born firm is crossing the ocean and going out to the world for a three-month run, to carry out within the Japanese language. It’s my honest hope that Chihiro, created by director Hayao Miyazaki, producer Toshio Suzuki, and everybody at Studio Ghibli, will probably be beloved much more in theatres all internationally.

Iain Gillie, of PW Productions stated “Once we visited Japan to see Toho’s manufacturing of SPIRITED AWAY in 2022, we had been blown away and knew it needed to be shared with audiences far and vast. We’re thrilled to be working with Toho and the extraordinary artistic group on this magnificent manufacturing.

Stuart Murphy, from The London Coliseum stated “The London Coliseum is thrilled to current the European premiere of SPIRITED AWAY and host what will probably be a singular and extraordinary cultural occasion. We stay up for collaborating with famend worldwide producers Toho Co Ltd and PW Productions and welcoming the unique Japanese firm to the capital in Spring 2024.

The position of Chihiro will probably be alternated by two Japanese actors, Kanna Hashimoto and Mone Kamishiraishi.

Kanna Hashimoto stated, “SPIRITED AWAY, premiered on the Imperial Theatre in 2022 and has been seen by numerous audiences, is now coming to the London Coliseum from April to July 2024! I’m so proud to be appearing as Chihiro in London. Now we have up to now been delivering the present in Japanese to the viewers in Japan, and the query now could be how we’ll convey it to the viewers in London, I think about we will probably be bringing in new methods to precise this present. I’m very a lot wanting ahead to it, concurrently already beginning to fear in regards to the rehearsals!

Mone Kamishiraishi stated, “It’s a nice honour to have the ability to carry out the present in Japanese simply as we did in Japan. I’m wanting ahead to seeing how the present that Japanese audiences loved a lot will attain London audiences, and I really feel very blissful and honoured. It is rather thrilling that there can even be a Nationwide tour of Japan working in addition to the April-July run in West Finish, London. Please come and meet Chihiro! We will probably be ready for you on the theatre!

TOHO Co Ltd is the main manufacturing firm of theatre and movie in Japan, internationally acknowledged for the Godzilla sequence and for Akira Kurosawa’s masterpieces. Its theatrical division has offered quite a few unique and licensed musicals and performs in Japan, together with Broadway and West Finish imports similar to Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, My Truthful Girl, Man of La Mancha, Fiddler on the Roof, La Cage Aux Folles, RENT, Jekyll & Hyde, Subsequent to Regular, Jersey Boys, Stunning The Carole King Musical, Waitress and The Producers amongst many others. Just lately, Toho has co-produced the Broadway musical Tootsie. Toho has additionally produced the Japanese variations of musicals from Central Europe, together with Elisabeth, Mozart! and Rebecca the Musical. The corporate additionally collaborated to create the unique musicals Marie Antoinette and Girl Bess with the creators of Elisabeth, Michael Kunze (e book and lyrics) and Sylvester Levay (music). Marie Antoinette was licensed and offered in Germany, Korea and Hungary. In 2017, Toho offered a brand new manufacturing of Shakespeare’s As You Like It directed by Michael Mayer, music by Tom Kitt, choreography by Lorin Latarro. Earlier productions with John Caird embody Les Misérables (unique manufacturing co-directed by Trevor Nunn), Beggar’s Opera, Candide, Non-public Lives, Daddy Lengthy Legs, Twelfth Evening and Knights’ Story. Alongside this London manufacturing, TOHO Co Ltd can even current SPIRITED AWAY on a Nationwide Tour of Japan in 2024.

PW Productions Ltd is among the West Finish’s most prolific and vital theatre producers, chargeable for a number of the most profitable productions in British theatre because it was based in 1983 by Peter Wilson MBE. Productions have included Susan Hill’s The Girl in Black, An Inspector Calls, Sting’s The Final Ship and plenty of extra. The corporate has acted as Basic Supervisor and Manufacturing Accountant for greater than 600 productions all through the world. PW Productions, in partnerships with promoters and co-producers, has additionally offered work in Japan, Singapore, Canada, USA, Germany, Eire, Luxembourg, Austria, Australia and Hong Kong.

With 2,359 seats, the London Coliseum is the biggest theatre in London’s West Finish. Designed for Sir Oswald Stoll by Frank Matcham, Stoll’s ambition was to create the biggest and most interesting ‘individuals’s palace of leisure’ of the age. The theatre has been the house of the English Nationwide Opera since 1968 in addition to persevering with for use as a theatre by a spread of artwork kinds, together with musical theatre, dance and ballet, comedy, podcast and broadcast recordings, and dwell music.

SPIRITED AWAY relies on the Oscar-winning animated characteristic movie by Hayao Miyazaki, tailored by John Caird, co-adapted by Maoko Imai and that includes the unique rating by Joe Hisaishi.