My Neighbour Totoro

My Neighbour Totoro tickets
Step back into the magical world of Studio Ghibli’s beloved film, as the 6-time Olivier Award-winning stage adaptation of My Neighbour Totoro returns to the Barbican Theatre this year. With enchanting set design, music from the film performed live and incredible puppetry from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, this classic story of two sisters who befriend larger-than-life forest protector Totoro is a stunning theatrical achievement that will transport you into the heady nostalgia of childhood. 

Kiss Me, Kate

Kiss Me, Kate tickets
Brush up your Shakespeare with Adrian Dunbar and Stephanie J Block as the classic Broadway musical Kiss Me Kate returns to London! Cole Porter’s timeless musical comedy, inspired by Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, bursts with wit and features classic songs “Another Op'nin', Another Show” and “Tom, Dick or Harry”. This fantastic production from Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher is the perfect summer musical at the Barbican Theatre, so book your tickets now.
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Booking from 4 June 2024 until 14 September 2024

Box Office Contacts

Box Office:020 7101 1188
Access Booking:020 7101 1188
Group Booking:020 7101 1188
Stage Door:020 7638 8891

History

Opened by the Queen in March 1982, the Barbican Theatre is part of the vast Barbican Centre, which heralds art, cinema, theatre and culture. Funded by the City of London Corporation, the Barbican Centre was intended as a centre for the arts. With a seating capacity of 1,166, the Barbican was originally designed to be the London home of the Royal Shakespeare Company. The RSC remained at the venue until 2002, when they decided not to renew their contract.

Since then, the Barbican Theatre has become a holding place for touring productions from companies such as Cheek by Jowl, Blue Boy Entertainment, the RSC and Michael Clarke Company. The centre is also associated with international companies including New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Jazz at the Lincoln Centre and more.

Notable productions at the theatre have included the RSC's Henry IV saga, as well as Sonia Friedman's sell-out Hamlet (2015), starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Well-known for hosting avant-garde theatre and touring productions, several shows pass through the Barbican throughout the year. The venue is best-known for hosting RSC productions, including The Taming of the Shrew, Measure for Measure and As You Like It (2019).

In 2019, the Barbican hosted the transfer of Jesus Christ Superstarwhich originally played at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre in summer 2016 and 2017. The production won the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival and was praised hugely by audiences and critics alike.

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre were due to transfer their acclaimed production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita to the theatre in Summer 2020, but this was cancelled as the theatre closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The classic musical Anything Goes opened at the theatre in July 2021, starring Broadway star Sutton Foster, Rachel York and Robert Lindsay. The Royal Shakespeare Company's brand new production of The Comedy of Errors transferred from Stratford-upon-Avon to the theatre in December.

The smash-hit revival of Anything Goes returned to the Barbican in summer 2022, as part of a UK tour. The cast included Kerry Ellis, Bonnie Langford and Simon Callow. It was followed by the world premiere stage adaptation of Studio Ghibli film My Neighbour Totoro from October 2022 - January 2023.

In summer 2023, Tony Award-winning new musical A Strange Loop opened at the Barbican Theatre for a strictly limited season, followed by the return of My Neighbour Totoro for a limited 18 week season after its 6 Olivier Award wins the year before.

In summer 2024, Adrian Dunbar (Line of Duty) and Stephanie J Block star in a huge revival of Kiss Me, Kate directed by Bartlett Sher.

Past Shows

A Strange Loop
A Strange Loop
(closed 9 Sep 2023)
My Neighbour Totoro
My Neighbour Totoro
(closed 21 Jan 2023)
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
(closed 3 Sep 2022)

 
The Comedy of Errors
The Comedy of Errors
(closed 31 Dec 2021)
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
(closed 6 Nov 2021)
Evita
Evita
(closed 1 Jul 2020)

 
The Taming of the Shrew
The Taming of the Shrew
(closed 18 Jan 2020)
Measure for Measure
Measure for Measure
(closed 16 Jan 2020)
Jesus Christ Superstar
Jesus Christ Superstar
(closed 24 Aug 2019)

 
Hamlet
Hamlet
(closed 31 Oct 2015)