Plays

Southwark Playhouse Presents: Kiki’s Delivery Service

A mystical stage adaptation of a certain young witch's adventure to an unfamiliar city.

Disclaimer: I have yet watched Kiki’s Delivery Service Ghibli movie adaption or read the original book prior to watching this production or typing up this review…

I know what you might be thinking – how could I have not yet watched Kiki’s Delivery Service?

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There is only one reason: I have not felt the urge to watch any Ghibli movie.

Don’t worry I do intend to watch every Ghibli movie eventually. I might actually go and watch Kiki’s Delivery Service once I finish writing this review (or not).

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To be honest, I spontaneously bought these tickets on New Year’s Day. Even though, I knew of the production before it ran from 8 December 2016 – 8 January 2017, I was unsure on when and who to watch it with.

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Enough is enough and in the early hours of 2017. I bought two tickets.

One for me and one for my nephew who was hospitalised on Christmas Day. This was last minute gift for him and an exciting show for me to cover.

We enjoyed an absolute magical blast in an intimate venue with sprinkles of crowd interaction as the actors dash around stage. It was hard to believe that there were only six actors – they consistently and flawlessly transitioned between different characters.

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Photograph: ©Richard Davenport

The feel-good vibes they released resonated around the room and did not fail to bring a smile to our faces.

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Photograph: ©Richard Davenport

The Southwark Playhouse holds a special place in many Londoners hearts. Formerly located at Southwark Bridge Road, then moved into the vaults underneath London Bridge railway station, before it moved once more to finally find its new home right next to Elephant & Castle Centre.

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Photograph: ©TimeOut

Plenty of young Londoners have had their first experience of theatre at Southwark Playhouse that provided a performances to schools.

Personally, my first experience was a Japanese rendition of Midsummer Night’s Dream performed in my primary school. However, I watched a more tradition take of Richard III at Southwark Playhouse at it’s previous location when I was in secondary.

Overall, I recommend Southwark Playhouse for everyone, it has established itself as one of London’s leading studio theatres off the West End with its quirky and cosy atmosphere.


I’m most likely going to review another Southwark Playhouse production, soon.

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