Mone Kamishiraishi Positive for Covid, Spirited Away Stage Drama Canceled

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Last Tuesday, actress and singer Mone Kamishiraishi’s official website announced that he had been diagnosed with COVID-19. Reporting from Anime News Network, he is currently undergoing medical treatment and follow-up observations on the advice of the medical staff.

As a result of this, on the same day the staff of the stage drama Spirited Away also announced that they were canceling more shows due to the large number of COVID-19 cases among the people involved in the production. The staff had announced on Monday that Tuesday’s show was cancelled, but currently all shows through Saturday have also been cancelled.

Mone Kamishiraishi
Mone Kamishiraishi

Mone Kamishiraishi plays Chihiro in this stage play alternately with actress Kanna Hashimoto. He also played the lead roles in Makoto Shinkai’s anime film Your Name and the live-action Chihayafuru productions, L-DK: Two Loves, Under One Roof, and Come Come Everyone. Kamishiraishi sang the theme songs for 7SEEDS, Major 2nd, and RIN-NE 3.

Spirited Away had previously canceled shows last weekend. The Sports Hochi newspaper reported that audience members had already taken their seats in the theater on Saturday when staff announced the sudden cancellation. Talent agency Production LAL announced on Saturday that voice actor and stage actress Romi Park has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

The play was originally set to be staged at Nagoya’s Misono-za theater for from June 22 to July 4. July 4th is the last day of performances after touring Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, and Sapporo. Tickets have been sold out for every show all over the place, and the staff has planned to hold a paid live broadcast of the drama next Sunday and Monday in Japan.

The drama previously canceled shows in Fukuoka from May 17 to May 25 after Kanna Hashimoto was diagnosed with COVID-19.

Tony and Olivier Award-winning director and Honorary Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company John Caird wrote and directed this stage play. Spirited Away was previously the highest-grossing Japanese film worldwide until Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train surpassed the record.

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