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If you are following the Whole Hog Theatre on Twitter, you will know that the Leamington Spa based theatre group that is putting on the world’s first stage adaptation of Studio Ghibli’s「もののけ姫」(Mononoke Hime/Princess Mononoke, 1997) has been making its way to Japan, where the play will have a run in Tokyo during Golden Week (April 29 to May 6, 2013).

As they touched down in Japan today, they were greeted by an article on their project in The Japan Times:

japan times wht

Surprise at touchdown.

The article includes quotes from an interview with the play’s director, Alexandra Rutter, providing interesting details about how the project came about – such as the crucial involvement of Nick Park of the Wallace & Gromit films pitching the idea to Studio Ghibli – and how they feel about staging what was then the highest-grossing film ever in Japan when it first premiered in 1997.

Fortunately, for those of us who can’t get hold of a paper copy of the newspaper, there is an online version available here.

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