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Spirited Away, The Best Studio Ghibli Film, Is Getting A Stage Play

by : Niamh Shackleton on : 10 Jul 2021 16:45
Spirited Away, The Best Studio Ghibli Film, Is Getting A Stage PlayStudio Ghibli

Award-winning anime movie Spirited Away is getting its own stage play.

Originally created by Studio Ghibli, the stage version of the hugely-popular 2001 film is will debut in theatres next year.

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Toho Co. Ltd and Les Misérables theatre director John Caird will be behind the upcoming Spirited Away adaptation.

Spirited Away (Studio Ghibli)Studio Ghibli

Expressing his excitement about being involved in the project, Caird said, as per NME, ‘I feel so excited and privileged to be working on the first ever stage adaptation of Spirited Away. I have for many years now regarded Hayao Miyazaki as one of the preeminent geniuses of world cinema and the greatest ever proponent of the anime form.’

He continued:

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I share a belief in all the most dominant themes of Miyazaki’s work, themes that are at the core of the Spirited Away world – care for the environment, reverence for nature, a belief in the force of the good spirits within us, and the empowerment of young women and men to change the world for the better.

Spirited Away (Studio Ghibli)Studio Ghibli

The main cast for the theatre adaptation was announced this week: Kotaro Daigo and Hiroki Miura will star as Haku; Koharu Sugawara and Tomohiko Tsujimoto as No Face; Miyu Sakihi and Fu Hinami as Lin; Tomorowo Taguchi and Satoshi Hashimoto as Kamaji; Mari Natsuki (the original voice of Yubaba) Romi Park as Yubaba; while Kanna Hashimoto and Mone Kamishiraishi will share the role of Chihiro, Tokyo Otkau Mode News reports.

The stage play will debut in Tokyo in February, followed by a tour through Osaka, Fukuoka, Sapporo, and Nagoya.

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Niamh Shackleton

Niamh Shackleton is a pint sized person and journalist at UNILAD. After studying Multimedia Journalism at the University of Salford, she did a year at Caters News Agency as a features writer in Birmingham before deciding that Manchester is (arguably) one of the best places in the world, and therefore moved back up north. She's also UNILAD's unofficial crazy animal lady.

Topics: Film and TV, Anime, Now

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  1. NME

    Studio Ghibli’s ‘Spirited Away’ is being turned into a stage play

  2. Tokyo Otkau Mode News

    Spirited Away Stage Adaptation Confirms Main Cast!