Kate Hewitt, currently the Associate Director for Sam Mendes’ Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, is directing a stage adaptation of the children’s book Kiki’s Delivery Service by Eiko Kadono, which was adapted by Hayao Miyazaki for Studio Ghibli in 1989. With a script written by Jessica Siân, the Southwark Playhouse theatre, London will present the performance from December 8th, 2016 until January 8th, 2017 (the performances up until December 13th being previews).

You can purchase tickets from the Southwark Playhouse website, and the play is described on the site as follows:

Kiki is a 13 year old witch and, as tradition dictates, it is time for her to leave home and family to make a new life for herself. Equipped with her ability to fly and accompanied by Jiji, her faithful feline companion, she sets out to find a place where she can use her powers for the greater good and that one day she might call home. A magical tale of growing up and finding acceptance Kiki’s Delivery Service is a story for everyone aged 7 and up.

All evening performances begin at 7:30pm, with matinees at 3:00pm, and each performance is 70 minutes long. Tickets are £20, with £16 concessions, £12 preview tickets, and £64 family tickets. Each family ticket includes four tickets, and family groups must include at least one adult and one child under 16.

Southwark Playhouse has previously presented a stage production of Howl’s Moving Castle, another Ghibli favourite adapted from a book, in this case English author Diana Wynne Jones’ novel of the same name. The Playhouse also held a run of performances based on Stan Sakai’s comic book series Usagi Yojimbo.

 

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