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Kiki's Delivery Service Stage Play Returns to London for a Second Run

Date: 2017 April 14 16:16

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Cultured anime fans who'll be in London this summer will want to head over to Southwark Playhouse to catch the return of their stage adaptation of Kiki's Delivery Service. The run will last from Thursday 10th August 2017 to Sunday 3rd September 2017.

The play is based on the book that was also turned into the much loved Studio Ghibli feature film. Last year we caught up with the Southwark Play House's Artistic Director and CEO Chris Smyrnios for an exclusive interview to find out more about the play during it's first run.

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Press release as follows:

Southwark Playhouse announce the return of their world premiere production of KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE for a limited summer season

Southwark Playhouse presents the world premiere production of


Based on the book by Eiko Kadono.
Adapted for the stage by Jessica Siân. Directed by Kate Hewitt. Design by Simon Bejer.
Lighting design by Elliot Griggs. Sound design by Max Pappenheim. Video design by Andrzej Goulding.

Run: Thursday 10 August 2017 – Sunday 3 September 2017

★★★★ 'Kiki's adventure definitely delivers.' Time Out

★★★★ ‘I loved every minute of it.' Whatsonstage

★★★★ 'Miaow!' The Times

Kiki is back! Following a critically acclaimed, sold-out festive run at Southwark Playhouse, Kiki's Delivery Service returns to The Large for a limited summer season.

Kiki is a 13 year old witch and, as tradition dictates, it is time for her to leave home and family to make a new life for herself. Equipped with her ability to fly and accompanied by Jiji, her faithful feline companion, she sets out to find a place where she can use her powers for the greater good and that one day she might call home.

A magical tale of growing up and finding acceptance, Kiki’s Delivery Service is a story for everyone aged 7 and up.

Kiki’s Delivery Service is adapted from the bestselling and award-winning book by Japanese author Eiko Kadono. The book has previously been adapted in to a live action film and most notably an award winning animation by Studio Ghibli. This world premiere of the stage adaptation played at Southwark Playhouse for five weeks over Christmas 2016 where it was the best-selling play in the theatre’s history.

Casting and further creative details are to be announced.


Playwright Jessica Siân is a South-African born playwright and actor based in London. Her first full-length play Klippies ran at Southwark Playhouse in 2015. Jessica has acted at the Bush Theatre, Latitude Festival, Southwark Playhouse and Theatre503. She trained on the Royal Court Young Writers program. Previous work includes short pieces for Theatre503's Rapid Write Response and Papercut Theatre's XY at Edinburgh Festival.

Director Kate Hewitt returns to Southwark Playhouse after directing the original production of Kiki’s Delivery Service and the Papatango Award-winning play Tomcat, by James Rushbrooke, in 2015. She was recently awarded the inaugural RTST Director Award 2016, for which she’ll direct Nina Raine’s Tribes at the Crucible Studio Theatre as part of Sheffield Theatres’ 2017 spring season. Prior to that she won the prestigious JMK award, leading to her production of Caryl Churchill’s Far Away at the Young Vic. She was the Associate Director of Sam Mendes’ Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Theatre Royal Drury Lane and for the Bob Marley musical One Love at the Birmingham Rep, directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah. Kate trained as a performer with the NYT and has two years’ Lecoq physical theatre training from LISPA, a BA (Hons) in drama and theatre arts from Goldsmiths University London and received a Jerwood Assistant Director Award (2012). Selected directing credits Romeo & Juliet (Ambassador’s Theatre), Portrait (Edinburgh Festival & UK Tour), Epic Stages Project (National Youth Theatre), Far Away (Young Vic) and staged readings of Comment is Free and Twins by James Fritz (The Miniaturists, Arcola). Selected associate director credits include Medea directed by Mike Bartlett (Headlong) and Electra directed by Carrie Cracknell (Gate and Latitude Festival).

Author of Kiki’s Delivery Service Eiko Kadono is a Japanese author of children's literature, picture books, non-fiction and essays. In 1960, she emigrated to Brazil for two years where she wrote a nonfiction story called Brazil and My Friend Luizinho based on her experience at that time. Most of her works are books for children. Her first successful children's book published Ôdorabô Bula Bula shi (The Robber Bla-Bla) was published in 1981. In 1985, she published Majo no Takkyūbin (Kiki’s Delivery Service), which was later adapted into the Hayao Miyazaki animated film with the same title. The book was awarded the Noma Children’s Literature Award, the Shogakukan Children’s Publication Culture Award, and the IBBY Honor List.

Listings Information


Southwark Playhouse

77-85 Newington Causeway
London SE1 6BD

Nearest Tube: Borough / Elephant and Castle



Thursday 10 August – Sunday 3 September 2017

Tuesday to Sunday at 3pm and 7.30pm
No performances on Mondays

Box Office



By Telephone

020 7407 0234


Ticket Prices

Previews from 10 – 13 August - all tickets £12
From 15 August: £20, £16 (conc.)

Family ticket: £64


Students, Under 16’s, Unwaged, Registered disabled, Over 65’s

Registered disabled patrons can bring one companion free of charge.

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