The official live-action Spirited Away stage play has been a hit in Japan, and now it’s been announced that the play will move beyond its home country. Next year, between April and July (with specific dates still coming) the play will be performed at the London Coliseum in London, England.
This play has two actors working on and off as main characters, something often found in Japanese plays, and it’s confirmed that Kanna Hashimoto and Mone Kamishiraishi, the two actresses who play main character Chihiro, will be reprising their roles as her in England. On top of that, the play is not being translated into English, but will still be in Japanese. There is no word if some sort of translation will be set up to help non-Japanese speakers understand the words.
You can’t buy tickets yet. However, if you go to the official site for the London performance, there’s a place you can fill out “for priority booking and [to] be the first to access tickets.”
If all goes well with the London play, perhaps Spirited Away will be performed in other countries as well.
GKIDS has licensed the original Spirited Away movie in North America, and gave this description of its plot:
Winner of the Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature, Hayao Miyazaki’s wondrous fantasy adventure is a dazzling masterpiece from one of the most celebrated filmmakers in the history of animation.
Chihiro’s family is moving to a new house, but when they stop on the way to explore an abandoned village, her parents undergo a mysterious transformation and Chihiro is whisked into a world of fantastic spirits ruled over by the sorceress Yubaba. Put to work in a magical bathhouse for spirits and demons, Chihiro must use all her wits to survive in this strange new place, find a way to free her parents and return to the normal world. Overflowing with imaginative creatures and thrilling storytelling, Spirited Away became a worldwide smash hit, and is one of the most critically-acclaimed films of all time.
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