The Garden of Words

Takao and Yukari are escaping.

Whilst seeking solace in a Japanese garden, an out-of-step woman and an offbeat teenager meet by chance. Social misfits with a shared sense of loneliness, the unlikely pair bond over classical poetry, shoemaking and bad cooking. But the heartfelt companionship that could save them might also ruin them…      

Based on the stereotype-defying Anime and novel from world-renowned filmmaker, Makoto Shinkai (Your Name., Suzume), Japanese animation continues to make waves on the UK stage with this global premiere. 

A refreshingly candid Tokyo tale reminiscent of the adorable melancholy of Lost in Translation. Delve deeper into Shinkai’s visually emotive story about the lines between platonic and romantic longing and what it is to feel alone in the biggest metropolis in the world. Seven lost souls, drowning in technology yet unable to connect.  

From the UK’s Whole Hog Theatre, creators of the world's first stage adaptation of a Hayao Miyazaki film with the kind permission of Studio Ghibli (Princess Mononoke), and Tokyo’s Anime stage production specialists Nelke Planning (Attack on Titan, Naruto, Sailor Moon stage productions) comes a unique, new Anglo-Japanese collaboration.

Booking Information

The 1pm performance on 24th August is a parents & babies performance. Please be aware this performance will have audience noise and movement. 


Approx 1 hour 45 mins including an interval

Good To Know

The 1pm performance on 24th August is a parents & babies performance. Please be aware this performance will have audience noise and movement.

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Cancellation Policy

No exchange or refunds after purchase.

Suitable For Children

Suitable for ages 14 years and older


3.0(1 review)
  • Juliette

    Aug 13, 2023

    I enjoyed lots of the play: Visually lovely; the Japanese-ness of it was different and refreshing; Poetry was beautiful; inventive use of projections and set. It was never boring, but didn’t move me, nor change me, nor did it make me think (other than to work out the plot).

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