Theatrical Staging of Hayao Miyazaki’s PRINCESS MONONOKE Sells Out Within Days of Announcement
Published: September 25, 2012 - 10:19am
The Whole Hog Theatre company, with the cooperation of Studio Ghibli, will be presenting the world’s first theatrical staging of Hayao Miyazaki’s renowned animated film at London's New Diorama next April.
Young warrior Ashitaka is a marked man. Cursed by a demon god while defending his village, he must leave his home forever to seek a cure. In the forbidding forests to the west, he is forced to reconcile the warring human forces and the animal deities of times past. In the midst of this bitter and bloody conflict, he meets the wolf god Moro and her human child San: Princess Mononoke.
Directed by renowned animator Hayao Miyazaki, this anime has broken a number of box office records in its native Japan. Essentially a statement on the ecological devastation brought on by human advancement, the story follows the battle between Princess Mononoke and a mining village.
Originally released in Japan in 1999, and later released in the US and UK with an English dub in 2000, Princess Mononoke is one of Miyazaki's most popular films. Last week it was announced that a stage production of the property was scheduled for a limited run in London:
Whole Hog Theatre will present the world’s first theatrical staging of Hayao Miyazaki’s renowned animated film between 2nd – 6th April 2013 at the New Diorama Theatre in London.
Using giant puppets made from recycled materials, visceral, physical storytelling and original live music, Studio Ghibli’s epic ecological fable is retold for the stage.
Within three days of the announcement, the company updated it's website stating that the show was already sold out -- but may be extended locally or worldwide depending on continued support:
This production is now SOLD OUT. We would love to take it further and are doing everything we can to bring Princess Mononoke to wider audiences. Please check back here or visit the New Diorama Theatre’s website for news as it happens.