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My Neighbour Totoro Tickets

Barbican Theatre

The Olivier Award-winning stage adaptation of Studio Ghibli’s beloved film returns to London for a limited season. Best for age 6+.

Discover Studio Ghibli My Neighbour Totoro Tickets

Immerse yourself in the world of Studio Ghibli as the dazzling My Neighbour Totoro play returns for a second, strictly limited season in London. This enchanting tribute to the imagination of childhood will delight all generations with its gorgeous stagecraft and puppetry and was one of the highlights of summer 2022.

Tickets sold out last year, so book early to not miss this wonderful story transformed on stage at the Barbican Theatre.

About My Neighbour Totoro

My Neighbour Totoro is the story of sisters Satsuki and Mei, who move to be closer to their sick mother while she receives treatment. As summer stretches before them, they venture into the woods and befriend a medley of flighty spirits, including the larger-than-life forest protector, Totoro.

Hayao Miyazaki’s 1988 film is transformed onstage to inspiring and jaw-dropping effect by the Royal Shakespeare Company (Matilda the Musical) and composer Joe Hisaishi. The film’s score is performed live alongside new orchestrations by Will Stuart.

The My Neighbour Totoro play captivated audiences during a sold-out world premiere, and won 6 Olivier Awards thanks to stunning storytelling that combines music, beautiful set design and remarkable puppets built by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop - transporting you straight into the whimsical world of the film.

My Neighbour Totoro Theatre Reviews

This show is a true treat for fans of Studio Ghibli, and anyone who wants to escape into a world where childhood imagination reigns supreme. With a flurry of five star reviews, this is stagecraft and storytelling at its best, and you will be completely gobsmacked and swept up in the adventure a Totoro appears before your eyes.

“Utterly charming” (Culture Whisper), “beguiling” (The Stage), “remarkably beautiful” (Financial Times) and “dazzling” (The Guardian) are just some of the words used to describe this mega-hit, and by the time the curtain falls you will want to watch it all over again.

Don’t Miss My Neighbour Totoro Theatre Tickets at the Barbican

This “healing hug of a show” (The Stage) is unlike anything else in London and a true feast for the heart and mind. Find your spirit with My Neighbour Totoro this year.

Sorry this show closed 23 March 2024, we recommend these similar productions.

Performance dates:
22 Mar 2024 - 23 Mar 2024
Running time:
3 hours including an interval.
Age recommendation:
Best for age 6+. Under 4s not permitted.
Audience Notes:
The show will be quite long, quite loud in parts and may at times be scary for some younger children. Children will need to occupy their own seats at all times during the performance.

My Neighbour Totoro Reviews

480 Reviews
  • 5 Stars80%
  • 4 Stars16%
  • 3 Stars2%
  • 2 Stars1%
  • 1 Stars1%

User Reviews


One of the best theatre shows I have ever seen. In complete awe. Amazing production and acting was incredible. I cannot stop thinking about the show. I have watched a total of ten they’re shows and this is one I would love to rewatch. Absolutely incr Read more

Performance date: 08 February 2024

I absolutely loved this show during its first run, when it was announced it was coming back I had to book tickets to see it again. I enjoyed the show just as much as the first time. Fantastic staging & music. Brilliant casts (especially the 2 lead Read more

Performance date: 18 January 2024

Loved it! I hadn't seen the animation, but still followed it fine. I was amazed at the creativity of the production - the puppeteers were amazing. In fact the whole cast was amazing - including the on-stage band and singer

Performance date: 17 January 2024
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