In Tokyo, the first-ever stage adaptation of Hayao Miyazaki’s “Spirited Away” concludes to mainstream success.

Spirited Away Stage Play in Tokyo Geek Impulse

Tokyo, 29 March 2022 – The Imperial Theater in Tokyo hosted the highly anticipated adapted stage play from the film “SPIRITED AWAY,” which drew a sold-out audience. The director of Les Misérables, John Caird, recreated this timeless masterwork, bringing iconic sequences to the stage with spectacular portrayals by 32 performers and over 50 puppets built by Toby Olié. The show will now go to four more Japanese cities: Osaka, Fukuoka, Sapporo, and Nagoya:

Spirited Away a Beautiful Stage Adaptation

Spirited Away Geek Impulse Tokyo Stage Play Photo
TOHO CO., LTD Press Release

Next Dates and Locations:

  • April 13-24, 2022 at Umeda Arts Theater (Osaka)
  • May 1-28, 2022 at Hakataza Theater (Fukuoka)
  • June 6-12, 2022 at Sapporo Cultural Arts Theater hitaru (Sapporo)
  • June 22-July 4, 2022 at Misonoza Theater (Nagoya)

The critically lauded performances of Kanna Hashimoto and Mone Kamishiraishi, who both played Chihiro, helped turn “SPIRITED AWAY” into a theatrical production. Similarly, Mari Natsuki (from the original film) and Romi Park (from the remake) are cast in many roles as Yubaba, the sorceress. No Face (Kaonashi) is double cast by Koharu Sugawara and Tomohiko Tsujimoto, who play the role purely with body movement until No Face runs wild and the character is brilliantly rendered by as many as 12 actors. Kamaji’s arms reach 19 feet in length and are brilliantly handled by as many as six performers in an iconic sequence.

Due to the constraints of Covid-19, all rehearsing was held remotely at Toho Studios, which was built specifically for filming. The stage production earned both commercial and critical praise as the acting skills were well-received and are still running with astounding enthusiasm, thanks to Jon Bausor’s remarkable set design, evocative performances, and live orchestra for beautiful original scoring by Joe Hisaishi with orchestration by Brad Haak and Conor Keelan.

“SPIRITED AWAY,” directed by Hayao Miyazaki, is a timeless classic that has garnered worldwide popularity since its premiere in 2001, winning the Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature. Critics and fans all over the world have praised the blockbuster picture as a vibrant masterpiece full of wonderful moments, engrossing characters, and excellent storytelling.

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