Princess Mononoke Research and Development work continues in 2014
In 2013, with the kind permission of Studio Ghibli, Whole Hog Theatre staged the worlds' first theatrical adaptation of Hayao Miyazaki's renowned animated film, Princess Mononoke. Having almost doubling its crowd-funding target raising £9,425 and winning A Great British Sasakawa Foundation Award, Princess Mononoke opened to critical acclaim at The New Diorama Theatre, London where it broke the box office record selling out in 72 hours. The production then transferred to The AiiA Theater Tokyo, Japan playing to over 10,000 people and featuring at Nico Nico Cho Party 2 to 30 million online and 5000 in house, returing to The New Diorama to break its own record selling out in just 4.5 hours. Click here for more.
So far this year we have presented at Stage The Future - The First International Conference on Science Fiction Theatre on "Staging The Unstageable - Princess Mononoke and the future of adaptation"; we attended Hyper Japan 2014 where we caught up with old colleagues from Princess Mononoke, Tokyo, met some amazing artists and found new inspiration; and put Princess Mononoke back into Research and Development seeing the puppets, script, set and musical arrangement all being further improved. We are passionate about restaging it and have a plan to make this happen. The Whole Hog Theatre team will be 'going dark' over the summer whilst we plan the next step.
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Princess Mononoke Research and Development work November 2013 - March 2014 was carried out in partnership with Robert F Bradish Ltd and Chris Hislop.
Special thanks to: Max Blackman, Graham and Julia Ashley, Sharon Blake, David Byrne and all at New Diorama, Dance Attic, Keiron and all at The Vaults, Tim and Eileen Hoare, Max Humphries, Victoria Rutter, Annie, Richard and all at Jerwood Space.