It has been announced that the Studio Ghibli film will premiere in Tokyo next year.

(c) 2001 Studio Ghibli

Hayao Miyazaki’s 2001 film is to be transformed into a stage production, opening at Tokyo’s  Imperial Theatre from February 2022.

Having won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature at the 75th Academy Awards, Spirited Away follows the story of Chihiro who is travelling to her new home with her parents when the three of them encounter a mysterious ancient location housing a whole host of mystical beings. It was to become the highest-grossing movie ever in Japan, holding onto the spot for 19 years.

Spirited Away is set to be adapted and directed for the stage by John Caird, who had adapted and co-directed Les Misérables when it first premiered at the Barbican.

The role of Chihiro will be shared by Kanna Hashimoto (Kingdom) and Mone Kamishiraishi (Your Name). Spirited Away will mark the stage debut of Hashimoto.

Talking about the news, Studio Ghibli’s Toshio Suzuki who produced Spirited Away, said: “We, Hayao and I, both liked John’s vision. He is a person we can trust. I am looking forward to seeing Chihiro grow on stage under his direction.

After its run at the Imperial Theatre concludes in March, the production is then set to tour throughout Japan across the spring and summer. No plans for international productions have been announced as of yet.