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:
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.
- The stage adaptation of Mononoke Hime (English, with Japanese subtitles) runs April 29-May 6, 2013 at the Aiia Theater in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. More details: Nelke Planning at (03) 3715-5706, www.princess-mononoke.jp or www.wholehogtheatre.com.
- Review: The Whole Hog Theatre’s「もののけ姫」(Princess Mononoke) Stage Adaptation (13 April 2013)
- Mononoke Hime… in the Theatre (12 July 2012)
- Kickstarter to Take Princess Mononoke’s Stage Adaptation to the World (12 Nov 2012)
- Update: Further Performances for Princess Mononoke Stage Adaptation (13 Feb 2013) Whole Hog Theatre’s Princess Mononoke, Rescored (28 Feb 2013)
- More Princess Mononoke Performances…in Japan (5 March 2013)