UK stage adaptation of Princess Mononoke met with praise


You may remember that there was a planned UK stage adaptation of Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke. Whole Hog, the theater company responsible for this live-action adaptation, turned to Kickstarter to help make the play the best that it could be.

The first run of shows finished in London last weekend at the New Diorama Theatre and the production has been met with praise, including 4/5 stars at The Public Reviews and positive marks from Anime UK News. Whole Hog will now head to Japan to mount the show and then return to the UK in June for a second run at the New Diorama. (Tickets are already sold out.)

The creature puppetry for the stage adaptation had me really intrigued when I first posted on the production last year. You can see what it looked like in the official production photos for the show taken by Polly Clare Boon.

Check out Boon’s production photos from¬†Princess Mononoke in the gallery. For more photos and additional information about the show, visit, check out Whole Hog Theatre on Facebook, or follow @WholeHogTheatre on Twitter. For more information about the New Diorama Theatre, visit

Hubert Vigilla
Brooklyn-based fiction writer, film critic, and long-time editor and contributor for Flixist. A booster of all things passionate and idiosyncratic.