Hayao Miyazaki’s Oscar-winning 2001 anime film Spirited Away is being adapted for the stage. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a theatrical version of the Studio Ghibli classic will premiere in Tokyo in February 2022.
The stage adaption of Spirited Away will be written and directed by theatre veteran John Caird, with the full cooperation of Studio Ghibli. Caird was the original director of the hugely successful Les Misérables in the ’80s, and his extensive credits include many years working for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre in the UK.
The movie follows the adventures of a 10-year-old girl named Chihiro as she enters as a strange and sometimes scary fantasy world heavily influenced by Japanese folklore. In a statement, Miyazaki’s producing partner Toshio Suzuki said, “We, Hayao and I, both liked John’s vision–he is a person we can trust. I am looking forward to seeing Chihiro grow on stage under his direction.”
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