Spirited Away

Spirited Away

Get ready to dive into the magical world of Hayao Miyazaki‘s masterpiece, “Spirited Away,” as it leaps from the screen to the stage under the direction of Olivier and Tony Award-winner, John Caird. After wowing audiences in Japan, the original cast brings the European premiere to life at the London Coliseum.

The moment you step into the auditorium, you’re whisked away into Miyazaki’s enchanting realm: swirling clouds against a pale blue sky, lush green leaves framing the stage – it is like Studio Ghibli’s most iconic scenes have sprung to life right before your eyes.

“Spirited Away” follows the journey of Chihiro, a spirited 10-year-old girl who stumbles into a fantastical world ruled by the formidable sorceress, Yubaba. With her parents transformed into pigs and her name stolen, Chihiro, now Sen, must navigate a magical bathhouse teeming with eccentric spirits and find a way back to the human world.

Caird’s adaptation stays true to the beloved film, with many scenes evoking a sense of déjà vu for fans. From Chihiro’s arrival at her new home to her encounters with the quirky inhabitants of the bathhouse, every moment feels like a delightful trip down memory lane.

But what sets this stage production apart is its live music and innovative puppetry. With Joe Hisaishi’s iconic score brought to life by a live orchestra and Toby Olié’s stunning puppet design, the stage truly comes alive with magic and wonder.

Kanna Hashimoto shines as Chihiro, capturing the character’s journey from dependence to independence with grace and charm. And let’s not forget No-Face, whose range of emotions, from insecurity to outrage, is conveyed through masterful movement.

An enlightening article in the program explores the spiritual themes of the story, shedding light on the rich cultural tapestry woven into Miyazaki’s world. It’s a testament to Caird’s collaboration with Maoko Imai, adding depth and authenticity to the production.

In the end, “Spirited Away” is a delightful escape for audiences of all ages. With its mellow vibes and captivating storytelling, it’s the perfect family outing for a summer filled with magic and adventure. So, grab your tickets and prepare to be spirited away!

The London Coliseum


Directed by:Hayao Miyazaki

Adapted and directed by:John Caird

Co-adapted by:Maoko Imai

Original Score by:Joe Hisaishi

Set Designer:Jon Bausor

Puppetry Design and Direction:Toby Olié

Cast includes Kanna Hashimoto, Kotaro Daigo, Hikaru Yamano and Romi Park

Until 24th August 2024

Photograph: ©Johan Persson

Running Time: 3 hours including one interval.