Spirited Away


Imperial Theatre Tokyo, 2022

“It’s an exciting fantasy with puppets playing principle characters and moving effortlessly around the stage…proving that a fusion of Western and Eastern theatrical senses creates an amazingly innovative means of expression.”

“An ensemble of more than 20 performers animate the puppets. In some scenes they manipulate the set, and at one point they puppeteer Chihiro and Haku so that the actors seem to be flying. These cast members play a remarkable part in the staging.”

“The puppets move around and interact with Chihiro as if they were alive…this stage adaptation succeeds in recreating many wonderful moments, not as mere imitations of the film, but in a way that draws out the fascination of theatre as a medium.”

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Associate Puppetry Director

Sarah Wright

Puppet Supervisor

Daisy Beattie

Puppet fabrication

Alison Alexander
Chris Barlow
Beez Barry
Daisy Beattie
Janet Beattie
Dulcie Best
Lotte Brockbank
Laura Elias
Charlie Findlay
Anna Garside
Richard Hackney
Max Humphries
Isobel Irwin
Maia Kirkman-Richards
Seb Mayer
Toby Olié
Yvonne Stone
Tobias Saunders
Joe Sumner
Charlie Tymms
Sarah Wright
Harbour Scenic Ltd
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