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My Neighbour Totoro

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.

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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.


Sat, 8th October 2022 - Sat, 21st January 2023

Barbican Theatre

Latest customer reviews

  • Brilliant

    21 October 2022

    Great puppetry, super actors and stage support. Fantastic music.

    Kirsty Hay Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Totoro is real :o)

    21 October 2022

    They did a great job at recreating the magic of Myazaki. It's an absolute gem and definitely worth seeing!

    Jennifer Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Incredible!

    18 October 2022

    Very impressive storytelling and set design, matching the vine of the movie! Would reccomend anyone to see it!

    Molly Confirmed ticket purchaser


    13 October 2022

    Stunning performance - the cast is incredible. You can find the Miasaki athmosphere as per the cartoon and lots of surprises. Highly recommend this show.

    Cecile Confirmed ticket purchaser