Theatre & Music

The Garden of Words Stage Production

15 July - 15 August 2020

Monday - Saturday 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday 3pm

Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London N4 3JP

020 7870 6876 (Park Theatre Box Office)

Artwork: © Makoto Shinkai/CoMix Wave Films



“You’ve been living your whole life alone…”

Rainy season. Tokyo. Akizuki is skipping class; Yukino should be at work.

When a student and an older woman meet by chance whilst seeking solace in a Japanese garden, their mutual feelings of alienation draw them together. But a truth is about to be uncovered. The friendship that could save them might also ruin them…

Based on the stereotype-defying Anime by world-renowned director Makoto Shinkai (best known for directing your name.), The Garden of Words is a modern Tokyo tale inspired by ancient Man’yōshū poetry. The subtle drama explores invisible disability, loss of human connection in a digital world, and the moral line between platonic and romantic longing.

In a unique Anglo-Japanese collaboration, this world theatrical premiere will be created and performed in London and Tokyo by the UK's Whole Hog Theatre (Princess Mononoke stage adaptation), and Anime stage production specialists Nelke Planning (Sailor Moon and Naruto stage productions). A female-led project, the work aims to bring together Japanese and British creatives, encourage diverse new audiences, and challenge stereotypes about Anime and Japan.

This interdisciplinary adaptation delves into Shinkai's visually emotive story through puppetry, movement and projection art.

Performed in English with occasional Japanese.