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Spirited Away Stage Play Has Stunning Costumes & Sets That Recreate The Movie Perfectly

Spirited Away stage play

Spirited Away is one of Studio Ghibli’s most popular movies to date, and its recent live action stage adaptation totally lived up to its iconic animated predecessor.

Officially opened on 2nd March 2022, the Spirited Away stage play is slated to run till July – there’s plenty of time for you to catch the play. In the meantime, check out what we thought of the production. 

Amazing costume designs

spirited away stage play - chihiro and haku
Image credit: @enterstage_jp

The Spirited Away film is famous for its unique characters with fantastical designs. Naturally, the costume designs for the stage play were not only visually accurate, but also strikingly stunning.

From simpler costumes like Chihiro’s, to bizzare ones like Kamaji – the old man who works in the boiler room and has six arms – the stage adaptation really did the original film justice.

spirited away stage play - yubaba
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Even Yubaba and Zeniba – the twin witches – looked just like their film counterparts with their puffy hairstyle and garish makeup.

spirited away stage play - haku
Image credit: @enterstage_jp

As huge simps of Haku, let’s just say that we were very satisfied with the casting and costume design of this perfect man.

Perfect replication of iconic scenes

spirited away stage play - train scene
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The most iconic scene in the film, where Chihiro sits with No Face, Boh’s mouse form, and Yubaba’s bird on the train, was replicated almost 1:1 in the stage play.

spirited away stage play - kamaji
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The play truly went all out in the scenes, especially in the one where Chihiro meets Kamaji in the boiler room. The use of warm lighting and smoke perfectly captured the heat and steam of the boiler room in the film.

You can even spot countless Sootballs on the floor, some of which are holding up pieces of coal!

Play will be showing at five different locations in Japan

The Spirited Away live action stage play will be showing in five different locations. The play was shown at Tokyo’s Imperial Theatre till 29th March 2022. And from 13th April to 4th July 2022, the play will have showings in Osaka, Fukuoka, Hokkaido, and Aichi.

You can check the schedule and book your tickets here.

Spirited Away stage play lives up to the hype

Seeing as how they did justice to our beloved characters from such a wonderful film, we will definitely be looking forward to future Ghibli stage adaptations. Who knows, perhaps they will bring our dreamy husband Howl to life.

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Cover image adapted from: Studio Ghibli and @enterstage_jp