My Neighbour Totoro Tickets
Find your spirit with the “awe-inspiring” (Time Out) and “dazzling” (Guardian) My Neighbour Totoro, as this five-star, award-winning production returns to London’s Barbican for a strictly limited 18-week season from 21 November 2023.
Winner of five WhatsOnStage Awards and nominated for an incredible nine Olivier Awards, this “utterly beguiling” (The Stage) and “jaw-dropping” (Metro) staging of the celebrated 1988 animated feature film is brought to you by The Royal Shakespeare Company and Executive Producer Joe Hisaishi, in collaboration with Improbable and Nippon TV, and adapted by Tom Morton-Smith (Oppenheimer).
Hailed as “a tender and remarkably beautiful show” (Financial Times), My Neighbour Totoro is an enchanting coming-of-age story exploring the magical fantasy world of childhood and the transformative power of imagination, as it follows one extraordinary summer in the lives of sisters Satsuki and Mei.
Book now for this unmissable, “huge, healing hug of a show” (The Stage). My Neighbour Totoro plays at the Barbican from 21 November 2023 to 23 March 2024 only.
Age restrictionThis production is not suitable for children under 4 years of age (including babes in arms)
Running timeTo be confirmed.
Performance dates21 November 2023 - 24 March 2024
ContentWe suggest age 6+, but younger guests are welcome. The show will be quite long (running time TBC), quite loud in parts and possibly scary for some younger children at moments. Children need to occupy their own seats at all times throughout the performance. This production is not suitable for children under 4 years of age (including babes in arms).
Venue InformationBarbicanSilk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS
Upcoming Performance Times
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News / Casting
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News / Features / New Shows + Transfers
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News / Productions / Features / Photos
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