Adapted from Hayao Miyazaki's 2001 Oscar-winning animated feature, the first stage adaptation of Spirited Away premiered at Tokyo's Imperial Theatre March 2–29. Tony-winning director John Caird (Les Misérables) helmed the production, which he adapted for stage with Maoko Imai.
Click through the gallery below for a look at the production, which featured 32 performers and more than 50 puppets designed by Toby Olié. The cast included Kanna Hashimoto and Mone Kamishiraishi sharing the lead role of Chihiro, and Mari Natsuki and Romi Park double-cast as Yubaba the sorceress. Koharu Sugawara and Tomohiko Tsujimoto, who are double-cast as No Face (Kaonashi), play the role until a point where No Face "runs wild" and the character requires 12 puppeteers.
The production is set to tour to four additional cities this season: Umeda Arts Theater in Osaka, April 12–24; Hakataza Theater in Fukuoka, May 1–28; Sapporo Cultural Arts Theatre hitaru in Sapporo, June 6–12; and Misonoza Theater in Nagoya, June 22–July 4.
Spirited Away is a part of the program celebrating the 90th anniversary of Toho Co., Ltd.