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5:38 pm - 07/17/2012

Ghibli's Princess Mononoke to be made into a London stage play



Studio Ghibli annnounced on Tuesday that the anime film Princess Mononoke will receive its first stage play adaptation by the Leamington Spa, Warwickshire theater company Whole Hog Theatre. Performances will be held at London's New Diorama Theatre at 7:30 p.m. from April 2 to April 6, 2013. Tickets are currently available for pre-order on New Diorama Theatre's website for 13.80 pounds sterling (about US$21.60).

In cooperation with Studio Ghibli, the project has been in development for over a year. Performances will feature giant puppets made from recycled materials as well as original live music.

Whole Hog Theatre summarizes the story as follows:

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.

Written and directed by Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki, the original Princess Mononoke anime film premiered in Japan in 1997.

Source: ANN, Twitter and the official site

Not sure how I feel about this. Mononoke Hime is my favorite Ghibli movie and the movie soundtrack is flawless (they are going to use new original music)... But the tickets are so cheap...
koichiko 17th-Jul-2012 10:55 pm (UTC)
I just totally got the jitters while reading this. I SO want to see it!
I'm a little skeptic about how you can transform this entirely epic story into a stage-play but I'd be very interested in seeing it! :D
atelierlune 17th-Jul-2012 10:59 pm (UTC)
I could see this being exciting IF they approached it like the Broadway version of the Lion King, but even more fantastic. I sense that the budget for this isn't that high though...
brucelynn 17th-Jul-2012 11:26 pm (UTC)
Broadway Lion King is freaking amazing

I can't believe something that amazing actually exists
chibi_hime 18th-Jul-2012 12:03 am (UTC)
I live in NYC and I still haven't seen Lion King yet.

This needs to be changed sooner rather than later.
rainbow_yarn 18th-Jul-2012 09:49 am (UTC)
oh my sweet lord jesus if they could get this show to be ANYTHING like as good as Broadway Lion King, I'd see it in a snap.
arara_chan 17th-Jul-2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
Wow that's kinda cool! I love Princess Mononoke! :D
I hope it'll turn out well! :)
uledy 17th-Jul-2012 11:25 pm (UTC)
If it's solely a puppet show, then alright.

If humans are acting, then no.

Why would you touch this? It's perfect in the anime form. Nothing can be enhanced by adapting it to theatre. Nothing (except maybe hearing the awesome soundtrack live).
chibi_hime 18th-Jul-2012 12:00 am (UTC)
They will be using new original music. Which is why I'm hesitating.
uledy 18th-Jul-2012 12:06 am (UTC)
Mis-read that part...in that case, ain't no way I'd ever see that...
atehachi 17th-Jul-2012 11:36 pm (UTC)
Okay, those are pretty low prices. I would see it in a heart-beat even though I am pretty unnerved by it. It's one of my favorites so if I imagine by favorite -Kiki's Delivery Service- being made into a play...

Uh..

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theprophetsaid 17th-Jul-2012 11:58 pm (UTC)
Not going to lie, I just bought my ticket since I'll be studying abroad in London when it's playing. At around $22, that's the cheapest you're likely to see a play in London. Add the fact that they're expecting to sell out or tickets wouldn't be on sale this early, I'm really excited!! :)
chibi_hime 18th-Jul-2012 12:06 am (UTC)
Very cool! I hope you will keep us all informed about how it goes.

I can't believe how cheap the tickets are since it has such a limited engagement and a lot of work is going into it.
ayatsurimaster 18th-Jul-2012 12:10 am (UTC)
Princess Mononoke is my favorite Studio Ghibli movie.
This could be a cool adaption.
bear100 18th-Jul-2012 02:29 am (UTC)
I could see that working out.
Now I'm dying to see a stage version of Spirited Away.
eyeslikefirefly 18th-Jul-2012 02:48 am (UTC)
Do want! I know what I'm saving up for next...
kazeyumi 18th-Jul-2012 05:51 am (UTC)
idkkk. kind of want but also worried they'll screw this up. xD
mjspice 18th-Jul-2012 07:14 am (UTC)
Really? Love the movie but how are they gonna do it on stage....
hisjulliet 18th-Jul-2012 07:35 am (UTC)
I love Princess Mononoke but I highly doubt this is gonna bring justice to the film, like how The Lion King brought justice towards its film.
rainbow_yarn eh... no18th-Jul-2012 09:54 am (UTC)
There's a reason this movie is animated. There are all sorts of beautiful, wonderful things you can do with animation that can't be accomplished with live action. I don't want to see Ashitaka riding around on some shitty elk imitation or seeing people in crappy skin-tight wolf suits.

And you don't. Fuck. With the soundtrack.
fallblau_129 18th-Jul-2012 10:26 am (UTC)
i love love Princess Mononoke though i'm not too sure about it being a stage play>.
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