The adaptation has full support from Studio Ghibli and will be written and directed by Tony winner John Caird (‘Les Miserables)’. The enchanting world of Japanese anime legend Hayao Miyazaki is taking to the stage.
The director’s beloved 2001 Oscar-winning classic Spirited Away will be adapted into a stage play for the first time, with its premiere in February 2022 in Tokyo. The adaptation will be produced by Japanese entertainment giant Toho and will be written and directed by Tony and Olivier Award-winning director John Caird (Les Misérables, Nicholas Nicobel, Daddy Long Legs). Critically, Hayao Miyazaki’s notoriously renovated Studio Ghibli has given its full support to the project.
Hayao Miyazaki’s longtime producer partner Toshio Suzuki said, “We, both Hao and I, like John’s point of view; he’s someone we can trust.” “I see Chihiro growing onstage under his direction,” he said, referring to the Spirited Away original Japanese title, Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi.
“I think Sen is very excited and privileged to work on the first stage adaptation of Chihiro,” Caird said in a statement. “I have for many years considered Miyazaki Hayao one of the pre-eminent geniuses of world cinema and the greatest proponent of the anime.”
Spirited Away premiered in 2001 and became a global cultural phenomenon, earning $ 355 million and helping spread mainstream international acclaim for hand-crafted Japanese mobile phones.
Like almost all of Hayao Miyazaki’s actions, the story’s heroine is a courageous and intelligent young girl, in this case, 10-year-old Chihiro, moving into a new home with her parents. They soon lose themselves in a mysterious world of mysterious spirits, ruled by the sorceress Yubaba, who turns Chihiro’s parents into pigs.
After a series of bizarre and dangerous challenges, including the loss of his identity, Chihiro must use all his intelligence to survive in this strange place and return to the human world.
Chihiro’s part has already double-cast for 22-year-old pop star-film-actress Kanna Hashimoto (Murder Classroom, Gintama), who is going to make her stage debut and is known for her voice world Wali Moni Kamishushi. A smash hit the anime your name.
Spirited Away will be staged at Toho’s Imperial Theater in central Tokyo, playing from February until March 2022. The production would then tour the Japanese cities of Osaka (April), Fukuoka (May), Sapporo (June and Nagoya (June). And July). Toho is looking forward to playing in Asia and other parts of Europe, where Hayao Miyazaki’s work is quite popular (The Spirited Away film was released 18 years late in China in 2019, but still grossed $ 69 million).
Caird, an honorary associate director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, said he has already spent more than 1,000 hours developing his stage version of Spirited Away, and “looks forward to spending many more thousands.”
He said: “I share a belief in all of the most salient themes of Hayao Miyazaki’s work, which are at the core of the world, from Sen to Chihiro – caring for the environment, reverence for nature, a belief in the power of good we and the youth To make the world better for the empowerment of women and men.
I am very happy to deepen my partnership with my dear friends at Toho through a new relationship with the studio’s Ghibli and Suzuki Toshio with their most generous and inventive lead producer. “