For Christmas 2011 Davy & Kristin McGuire designed and directed a stage adaptation of Howl’s Moving Castle for Southwark Playhouse in London. It featured Stephen Fry as narrator and an original music score by Fyfe Dangerfield.
Howl's Moving Castle is a theatrical experience using cinematic elements and opening up theatre to a fantasy genre. The show's set is a paper cut-out castle which looks like it could spring from the pages of a pop-up book. It serves as a blank canvas for digital projections and animation which together with live interactions from the stage actors create a mixed media reality and tell a fantastical story.
“Is it a play? Is it a film? Is it an installation? No, it’s super-theatre! ... Howl’s Moving Castle - a triumph of theatrical imagination”
Westend Broadway World
“A fascinating technical departure, clever & engrossing, spectacular ”
“Nothing short of breath-taking... undeniably ground-breaking and technically dazzling ... Christmas extravaganza with a difference ”
What's on Stage
★★★★ “Diana Wynne Jones’s tale gets a startlingly imaginative staging from directors and designers Davy and Kristin McGuire ”
★★★★ “Mesmerising and groundbreaking… Howl’s Moving Castle will be talked about as the first show from a very talented creative team which will go on to do much bigger things ”
The Public Reviews
“Southwark Playhouse’s heroically ambitious Christmas show… jaw dropping snowy vistas are projected on to the impressive cardboard set… Stephen Fry’s voice is as soothing as mulled wine ”
Time Out Critics Chioce