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Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away Film Gets 1st Stage Play in 2022

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Les Misérables' John Caird writes, directs play starring Kanna Hashimoto, Mone Kamishiraishi

TOHO announced on Friday that Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away anime film is inspiring its first stage play adaptation. Tony and Olivier Award-winning director and the Royal Shakespeare Company's Honorary Associate Director John Caird (Les Misérables, Nicholas Nickleby, Daddy Long Legs) is writing and directing the production, which will open in Tokyo next February.

Actresses Kanna Hashimoto (Gintama, Kaguya-sama: Love is War, Kingdom) and Mone Kamishiraishi (your name., live-action Chihayafuru) will both star as Chihiro in alternating performances. Caird said the double casting gave him "the chance to work again with the brilliant and charming Kamishiraishi Mone, with whom I had such an exciting collaboration on Knights' Tale, and now affords me the same opportunity with the greatly talented, vivacious and moving young actress Hashimoto Kanna." This will be Hashimoto's first role in a stage production.

Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki complimented the choice of Caird: "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. I could tell how much he adores this story from his delighted face when I gave him a No-Face (Kaonashi) piggy-bank.”

The play will run at TOHO's Imperial Theatre from February to March 2022, then tour to Osaka in April, Fukuoka in May, Sapporo in June, and Nagoya in June and July.

Spirited Away was previously the highest-grossing Japanese film worldwide until Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train surpassed the record. Spirited Away remains the only non-English-language title to win the Academy Awards' Best Animated Feature award, which it earned in 2003.

Source: Press release


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