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About My Neighbour Totoro

Be transported to the 1950s Tokyo countryside and a fantastical world of forest spirits in My Neighbour Totoro, a coming-of-age tale based on the 1988 Studio Ghibli film of the same name. Book My Neighbour Totoro tickets on London Theatre.

My Neighbour Totoro in London has been a fan favourite since its premiere in 2022. In fact, the show broke the Barbican Centre box-office record for ticket sales in a single day. In 2023, the show also earned an impressive six Olivier awards, including for costume design, direction, and set design.

The imaginative production tells the story of young girls, Satsuki and Mei, who relocate to the countryside with their father following their mother’s hospitalization. During their summer adventures, they encounter numerous woodland spirits, including the furry giant Totoro.

My Neighbour Totoro is a play with an immensely talented creative team, including those who earned Olivier Awards for their work on the show’s run at the Barbican. This includes direction by Phelim McDermott, production design by Tom Pye, costume design by Kimie Nakano, lighting design by Jessica Hung Han Yun, and sound design by Tony Gayle.

Additionally, the puppetry by puppetmaster Basil Twist in My Neighbour Totoro is truly exceptional. The fleet of puppets, from chickens to Totoros, is a new style of puppetry that the creative team calls “wind spirits.”

“We’ve got an on-stage ensemble of puppeteers. They’ve got their own costumes that help them be invisible at certain points, but they’re a presence. And they are like storytellers. It’s a little bit like in the movie, if you suddenly got to see the animators who were making that cartoon happen,” McDermott told The Standard.

Run time

2hr 40min. Incl. 1 interval.

Start date

8th March, 2025

End date

2nd November, 2025

Age

Ages 6+. Younger guests are welcome although the production is not suitable for under 4s (including babes in arms). Children need to occupy their own seat. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. All guests, regardless of age, must have a valid ticket.

Production note
The show contains themes of an ill parent in hospital. Music and sound effects will be loud at times and possibly scary for some younger children.
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744 Reviews

GreatAvi

GreatAvi

547 Reviews | 136 Followers
88
Astonishing puppetry, Magical stagecraft, Faithful adaptation

See it if you like to witness a masterclass in transferring this gorgeous Miyazaki animation movie to the stage, an artistic triumph and visual feast.

Don’t see it if you're looking for more than just stage magic. Show is almost TOO faithful to movie narrative, meandering and too cutesy for its own good.

M 608343

M 608343

581 Reviews | 89 Followers
88
Too many bells and whistles, Great staging, Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you like stories of children discovering the world.Staging is very clever,interesting use of puppets.Very high tech.

Don’t see it if you prefer a more straightforward story telling.There are a lot of bells & whistles.My performance was stopped b/c of tech issues.

REN598

REN598

132 Reviews | 20 Followers
85
Great staging, Delightful, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoyed the movie. It's pretty much the movie scene for scene with some clever stage work to make the characters comet to life.

Don’t see it if you didn't enjoy the movie or if you're looking for an improvement on the movie. It doesn't really divert from the movie too much.

Alex Room

Alex Room

221 Reviews | 42 Followers
100
Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if you wanna see puppetry and theatrics at its best

Don’t see it if you don't like puppets

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Our Review

'My Neighbour Totoro' review – this Studio Ghibli adaptation is theatre at its most magical

5 of 5
19 Oct 2022, 10:22
Read our review of My Neighbour Totoro in London, Tom Morton-Smith's new stage adaptation of the Studio Ghibli film originally created by Hayao Miyazaki.

Venue

166 Drury Lane, London, United Kingdom, WC2B 5PW

Directions

Location: West End
Railway station: King's Cross St Pancras
Bus numbers: (High Holborn) 134, 242; (Kingsway) 1, 59, 68, 91, 168, 171, 188, 243, 521, X68
Night bus numbers: (High Holborn) 242, N68, N207; (Kingsway) 188, 243, N1, N91, N171
Car park: Drury Lane, Parker Street (1min)
Directions from tube: (5mins) Go right on Long Acre; turn left at Drury Lane and you’ll see the theatre 100 metres away on a corner.

More information about My Neighbour Totoro

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Show schedule

Day of weekEvening
Monday7:00 PM
Tuesday7:00 PM
Wednesday7:00 PM
Thursday7:00 PM
Friday7:00 PM
Saturday7:00 PM
Sunday-

Frequently asked questions

What is My Neighbour Totoro about?

Studio Ghibli’s 1988 fantastical anime film My Neighbour Totoro, which tells the tale of two girls who move to the countryside and encounter forest spirits, is returning to the stage following its Olivier Award-winning run at the Barbican.

Where is My Neighbour Totoro playing?

My Neighbour Totoro is playing at Gillian Lynne Theatre. The theatre is located in 166 Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5PW.

How long is My Neighbour Totoro?

The running time of My Neighbour Totoro is 2hr 40min. Incl. 1 interval.

How do you book tickets for My Neighbour Totoro?

Book tickets for My Neighbour Totoro on London Theatre.

What's the age requirement for My Neighbour Totoro?

The recommended age for My Neighbour Totoro is Ages 6+. Younger guests are welcome although the production is not suitable for under 4s (including babes in arms). Children need to occupy their own seat. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. All guests, regardless of age, must have a valid ticket..

How much do tickets cost for My Neighbour Totoro?

Tickets for My Neighbour Totoro start at £31.

Who wrote My Neighbour Totoro?

The play, which is written by Tom Morton-Smith, is based on the 1988 Studio Ghibli film of the same name.

Who directed My Neighbour Totoro?

The play is staged by Phelim McDermott, who earned an Olivier Award for his direction of the show at the Barbican.

Is My Neighbour Totoro appropriate for kids?

This imaginative play is best for children ages 6 and up, and those under the age of four will not be permitted in the theatre.

Is My Neighbour Totoro good?

My Neighbour Totoro is a fantastic, award-winning, and record-breaking show. With an imaginative and heartwarming story and exceptional puppetry, this performance is fun for the whole family. The show has also received numerous rave reviews, including London Theatre’s review, which reads, “Tom Morton-Smith’s adaptation strikes a perfect balance of honouring Hayao Miyazaki’s creation and seeking a new theatrical language, brilliantly realised in Phelim McDermott’s exquisite production.”

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