British theatre company adapts Princess Mononoke for stage
London (Feb 26, 2013): In July last year, anime fans were blindsided by the news of an extraordinarily ambitious stage production – a British adaptation of Hayao Miyazaki’s fantasy blockbuster, Princess Mononoke, created with the blessing of Studio Ghibli. How can giant wolves, cursed monster boars and a shapeshifting deer god be brought to the stage?
All will be revealed in April, when the play runs at London’s New Diorama Theatre for a week; it will run a further fortnight in June. Tickets sold out within hours of going on sale, but there may be more to come. The play’s creators ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to extend Princess Mononoke’s life. Their intention: to take the play to as many places and people as possible.
Whole Hog Theatre is a young company based in Leamington Spa, which is hellbent on staging the supposedly unstageable. So far we know the stage Princess Mononoke will feature human and puppet characters; that the London production will be intimate, with the audience almost touching the action; and it will be as faithful as possible to the film, while using very different techniques. There are some clues about how the film is being adapted in the Kickstarter campaign video below.
A "making of" video is available with the article at the linked website.
As an alumnus of the University of Warwick (1996-2000) who has also stayed in Leamington Spa for a year, I'm gobsmacked to learn of the personal connections I have to this project. Would really love to watch the production. I'll have to see what arrangements can be made.