Media April 2013

Tokyo to Stage UK Rework of Ghibli Anime Classic

Attending a press conference to announce the stage adaption were (from left): Toshio Suzuki, former president of Studio Ghibli; Alexandra Rutter, art director; and Polly Clare Boon, set designer.

The British stage adaptation of Studio Ghibli’s animated classic Princess Mononoke is to come to Japan, Japan Today reported on 11 March.

Originally intended only for audiences at London’s Diorama Theatre, the play will be performed in Japan from 29 April–6 May at Tokyo’s Aiia Theater.

The production uses large-scale puppets made from recycled materials to recreate Hayao Miyazaki’s tale of the struggle between nature and the greed of mankind.

The film was first released in 1997 in Japan, where it was a box-office hit. The UK adaption could be taken to other countries if it is a success here.