Spirited Away" is now a musical.

 Spirited Away", Hayao Miyazaki's immortal masterpiece, which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film at the 75th Academy Awards in 2003, will be adapted for the stage in four cities across Japan starting in 2022, starting with Tokyo performances at the Imperial Theater in February and March, Osaka in April, Sapporo in May, and Nagoya in June and July. The show will be performed in four cities across Japan.


Chihiro, the main character, is on her way to her new home with her family in the car.

On the way, they get lost and find themselves in an old tunnel in front of them. Chihiro wants to go home as soon as possible, but her curious parents are drawn to the tunnel. Chihiro has no choice but to cling to her mother and get lost in the other world beyond the tunnel.

Mysterious streets and deserted restaurants. Chihiro's parents put their hands on the delicious-looking food in front of them without permission and start eating it like they are possessed.

Before they knew it, the town, which they thought was empty, lit up and began to be crowded with people they didn't know.

Before she knew it, her parents had been transformed into pigs, and Chihiro herself, who had somehow managed to escape, was about to disappear.

At that time, she was saved by a boy named Haku. Haku advises her to work at a bathhouse called "Aburaya" where the gods come to relieve their fatigue.

Chihiro is left alone and with trembling legs, she goes to visit Kamaji, whom Haku told her about, and is taken to Yubaba, the owner.

In order to work at the oil shop, she had to sign a contract with Yubaba.

In order to work at the Aburaya, she must sign a contract with Yubaba, and her name, Chihiro, is taken away by Yubaba, and she begins to work under the name "Sen.

Prospects for the Stage

The stage adaptation of this work will be adapted and directed by John Shakespeare, the honorary associate director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, who was in charge of enriching and directing the world premiere of the musical "Les Miserables" and has created masterpieces that have left their mark in the history of theater, such as "Night's Tale" and "Daddy Long Legs. John Caird, Honorary Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company. The role of Chihiro, the main character, will be played by Kanna Hashimoto and Mone Kamishiraishi, both of whom will be making their stage debut.

On the occasion of this announcement, comments from Hashimoto and Kamishiraishi arrived. About playing the role of Chihiro, Hashimoto said, "I was still an elementary school student when I saw the movie for the first time, and to think that I'm going to play this role of Chihiro, I can't express my emotions enough. Kamishiraishi said, "It's a great honor for me to be a part of a work that has been loved beyond time and borders. I'm already nervous, but I will play the role of a simple and brave girl with respect.