Toho Particulars First-Ever Stage Adaptation of Miyazaki’s ‘Spirited Away’


On November 9, Toho Co., Ltd. hosted a press convention in Tokyo, Japan for the upcoming theatrical stage manufacturing, Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi), which is about to showcase on the Imperial Theatre in Marunouchi, Tokyo from March 2-29, 2022. The dwell stage adaptation releases through the 12 months of Toho’s ninetieth anniversary.

The press convention introduced collectively forged members, together with Kanna Hashimoto, Mone Kamishiraishi and Mari Natsuki, together with author and director John Caird, supporting director Maoko Imai and Studio Ghibli’s Toshio Suzuki, producer of the unique movie Spirited Away, who every talked about their anticipation for the brand new stage manufacturing. The colourful vitality from the audio system and viewers carried all through the occasion and constructed pleasure for what’s to come back with the stage manufacturing.

Opening on an thrilling observe, the press convention revealed two posters that includes Hashimoto and Kamishiraishi as Chihiro. The shock reveal served as a primary search for the 2 actors as they noticed the posters for the primary time, together with the viewers who reacted positively to the visuals with a spherical of applause.

“I can relate myself with Chihiro, who will get misplaced on this planet of gods, as a result of this will likely be my theater debut and it will likely be my new journey to the theater world,” mentioned Hashimoto, who makes her stage debut within the function. “I’m hoping to dwell Chihiro as an alternative of performing as her.”

Double-cast because the lead, Kamishiraishi mentioned, “I used to be completely fascinated by the movie once I noticed it for the primary time on the age of seven, together with the scary elements. I’m going to transform the strain I’m feeling into vitality. I hope I will be as courageous as Chihiro.”

Mone Kamishiraishi (left) and Kanna Hashimoto © Toho Co. Ltd.

Mone Kamishiraishi (left) and Kanna Hashimoto © Toho Co. Ltd.

Suzuki mentioned it was “very touching” that the stage adaptation of Studio Ghibli’s traditional is going on twenty years after the preliminary launch. He additionally shared an anecdote of Hayao Miyazaki assembly Caird for the primary time: “They simply clicked instantly, and Miyazaki instantly mentioned ‘okay’ to the concept of the stage adaptation.” He additionally added that it had come from Miyazaki’s ideas on Spirited Away being “so extensively beloved that it has grow to be everybody’s piece, not simply his.”

Caird, who is a superb admirer of Ghibli movies, was stunned at Miyazaki’s immediate choice, though he believed the story of Spirited Away was very theatrical, and he all the time felt it might be a stage manufacturing. He continued to reward Miyazaki’s tales as having superb emotional and mental integrity and that his expertise to get contained in the thoughts of kids makes him equal with among the nice storytellers like Charles Dickens, Hans Christian Andersen and Lewis Carroll.

“I feel he’ll go down in historical past as one of many biggest storytellers,” Caird mentioned. He revealed that Miyazaki had informed him to “have enjoyable,” earlier than turning to the vigorous forged members and including, “I can assure you we’re going to have enjoyable.”

Caird additional shared that he has already been engaged on the play in London and Tokyo by way of three workshops with the creatives, who embody Brad Haak (Knights’ Story) on music supervision, preparations and orchestrations; Jon Bausor (London Paralympics Opening Ceremony in 2012) on set design; Toby Olié (puppeteer/affiliate puppetry director for Olivier Award/Tony Award profitable Conflict Horse) on puppetry design and course; and Shigehiro Ide on choreography.

One other spotlight got here when Tomohiko Tsujimoto (double-cast as No Face with Koharu Sugawara) carried out an improvisational dance as his character, prompting Caird to comment: “I didn’t understand how we’re going to [show No Face on stage] till now. Now I understand how to do it.”

Spirited Away stage production press conference. © Toho Co. Ltd

Spirited Away stage manufacturing press convention. © Toho Co. Ltd


Kanna Hashimoto – Chihiro

Mone Kamishiraishi – Chihiro

Kotaro Daigo – Haku | “I’m nervous, however I’m wanting ahead to working with and studying from everybody.”

Hiroki Miura – Haku | “I’m wanting ahead myself to see how the scene the place Haku turns right into a dragon will likely be depicted.”

Koharu Sugawara – No Face | “The story is about in a mysterious world, however there are lives in it. I need to ship their sparkles.”

Tomohiko Tsujimoto – No Face | “Ghibli movies are part of my life. I’m hoping that I can grow to be part of another person’s life by way of this play.”

Miyu Satoshi – Lin/Chihiro’s Mom | “I’ve seen each single Ghibli movie. I nonetheless really feel like I’m in a dream. I have to settle down my pleasure, however I’m wanting ahead to being part of the present.”

Fu HinamiLin/Chihiro’s Mom | “I’m excited that I’m going to be working beneath Ms. Natsuki and Ms. Park and going to handle Kanna and Mone. I’m prepared!”

Tomorowo Taguchi Kamaji | “The historic stage of Imperial Theatre, a masterpiece with followers all over the world, and John’s course — I want to profit from this energy triangle.”

Satoshi HashimotoKamaji | “John says, ‘let’s play’ to the actors, letting us mess around. He’s a really proficient director. I hope the viewers will take pleasure in it as a lot as we do. Please sit up for the variety of arms I present on stage.”

Mari Natsuki – Yubaba/Zeniba | “Once I voiced for the unique movie, I assumed the function was a villain and I used to be ready to behave accordingly. However director Miyazaki mentioned, ‘Yubaba is placing all her efforts into defending the bathhouse. She will not be a villain.’ It felt very emotional. I by no means thought that I’d be enjoying the identical function on stage twenty years later. Identical to Kanna, I want to play like a debutante and revel in this stage model as a totally new one.”

Romi Park – Yubaba/Zeniba | “I used to be given braveness to take this function once I was informed that I can check out a variety of methods to specific, as a result of the play itself reveals so many faces. I’m going to [take the plunge at the] Imperial Theatre.”

Kenya Osumi – Aniyaku/Chihiro’s Father | “John all the time treats actors equally no matter their age or profession. I’m honored to be working with him.”

Sunao Yoshimura – Chichiyaku

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Dates and Venues:

March 2-29, 2022 (Previews on February 28 and March 1, 2022) at Imperial Theatre (Tokyo)

April 13-24, 2022 at Umeda Arts Theater (Osaka)

Could 1-28, 2022 at Hakataza Theater (Fukuoka) June 6-12, 2022 at Sapporo Cultural Arts Theater hitaru (Hokkaido)

June 22-July 4, 2022 at Misonoza Theater (Aichi)

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