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My Neighbour Totoro Insight: Designing for the Stage

Members' Event

An illustration of the Totoro character with green watercolour washes of paint. Inside Totoro's face is the silhouette of two small characters holding a red umbrella.

Hear from members of the My Neighbour Totoro design team as they talk about the process of adapting the iconic film for the stage. 

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.

Learn more about how the on-screen magic will be brought to life on stage at this event.

This is an RSC Member and Patron event which they have opened up to Barbican Members and Patrons.

This is an online event taking place on Zoom. The Zoom link will be sent to bookers via email closer to the event date.

Presented by the Barbican. The Royal Shakespeare Company is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Miranda Curtis CMG – Lead Production Supporter of My Neighbour Totoro

The work of the RSC Literary Department is generously supported by the Drue and H.J. Heinz II Charitable Trust

© Studio Ghibli. © RSC