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article imageLondon theater to present 1st 'Princess Mononoke' stage play

By Can Tran     Nov 20, 2012 in Entertainment
London - Whole Hog Theatre, which is in England, will be presenting the first stage play adaptation of Hiyao Miyazaki's "Princess Mononoke."
Japanese anime, whether it is in the form of a series or a full-length feature film, is usually adapted from a manga counterpart. There are numerous anime titles that ended up getting adapted into stage plays. Such examples are “Air Gear,” “Bleach,” “Gode Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion,” and so forth. “Ikki Tousen” and “Absolute Boyfriend” are set to become stage plays with the former having its first presentation on November 30. Japanese theatrical companies or production studios are usually in charge the production. However, this isn't the case for “Princess Mononoke.”
Princess Mononoke is one of the notable works by Hiyao Miyazaki who is deemed one of the greatest animators of Japan. Other notable works include “Spirited Away,” “How's Moving Castle,” etc. Miyazaki has directed works such as “Kiki's Delivery Service,” “Castle in the Sky,” and “My Neighbor Totoro.”
Earlier this year, Studio Ghibli announced that the first ever stage presentation of Princess Mononoke will be by this non-profit company called “Whole Hog Theatre.” It will be held at the Diorama Theatre in London. Shows will be held in the evenings from April 2 until April 6 in 2013. Originally, tickets were available for pre-order; but, that's no longer the case. That is because the tickets are now sold out.
The people at Whole Hog Theatre are hoping to enhance and prolonging the production. It has taken advantage of online funding through the site called “Kickstarter.” This is similar to “crowd funding;” but, Kickstarter can only be used for projects and not personal needs. This Kickstarter has recently be launched and the deadline for funding is December 20.
Anybody interested can give an online pledge of a minimum of one Great Britain Pound. It's main goal is to raise 5,000 Great Britain Pounds. Due to tickets being sold out, by helping fund the production, people could get a chance to see the show if Whole Hog has enough to fund more performance dates. In its Kickstarter video, the people of Whole Hog give an explanation of the project.
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