The UK’s Whole Hog Theatre made quite a splash when they presented a stage adaptation of Hayao Miyazaki’s acclaimed animated film Princess Mononoke in London earlier this year. Officially endorsed by Miyazaki and his company, Studio Ghibli, they retold the ecologically-themed fable using a mix of actors and giant puppets made (appropriately) from recycled materials.
I’ve been fascinated by this project since I first learned about it last year. MangaUK has a great interview with the show’s creative team that delves in to the development of the production. Whole Hog also recently share a video that shows some of their rehearsal process:
Whole Hog Theatre’s production of Princess Mononoke was recently re-staged in London following a successful Japanese Tour. Although no additional dates or tours have been announced (yet), given the show’s success more performances are almost a certainty. Follow Whole Hog Theatre on Twitter or the Whole Hog Theatre Blog for updates and future announcements.