Kiki’s Delivery Service, the whimsical Studio Ghibli animation about a young witch-in-training, is being adapted for the stage in a new live London show.
Originally made under the eye of the Japanese animation house legend Hayao Miyazaki, the adaptation will be directed by Katie Hewitt, with Jessica Sian reinterpreting the story from the film and 1985 novel by Eiko Kadono.
The 1989 film follows Kiki as she’s sent off to the big city to sharpen her magical powers. With a snappy, talking black cat called Jiji at her side, she navigates a bumpy path as a delivery girl on a broomstick.
Back in 2013, Whole Hog Theatre produced and performed a version of Princess Mononoke to London and Tokyo audiences, complete with the ghostly Kodamas.
Kiki’s Delivery Service will be performed at Southwark Playhouse from 8 December to 8 January 2017.