Pacific Overtures Tickets
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Pacific Overtures Tickets

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Pacific Overtures Tickets

About Pacific Overtures

Experience one of Stephen Sondheim's most ambitious musicals, Pacific Overtures, at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Book your tickets for Pacific Overtures in London on London Theatre.

Pacific Overtures follows Japan's 1853 encounter with the West when Commodore Perry and the Americans disrupt the once-isolated nation with its timeless traditions. Depicted through a Western lens but enacted with an Eastern touch, the musical explores the impact of new ideas on Japan's centuries of peaceful isolation.

The iconic American composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim left an indelible mark on musical theatre, earning eight Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize. His acclaimed works include Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, and Company. The score of Pacific Overtures features some of Sondheim's finest melodies, including "Someone in a Tree," "Pretty Lady," and "A Bowler Hat." Read more about Stephen Sondheim’s musicals in our guide.

In 2023, a new production of Pacific Overtures emerged in Japan, co-produced by the Umeda Arts Theater in Osaka and London's Menier Chocolate Factory. The production incorporated Sondheim and Weidman's 2017 revisions, featuring an all-Japanese cast. The show will now play at the Menier Chocolate Factory for a limited time.

Pacific Overtures is Sondheim’s ninth musical and is hailed as his most distinctive and vital work, earning two Tony Awards and an Olivier Award. The Menier completes its trilogy of Sondheim/Weidman musicals, following acclaimed productions of Assassins and Road Show.

Matthew White directs alongside set designer Paul Farnsworth, costume designer Ayaoka Maeda, sound designer Gregory Clarke, choreographer Ashley Nottingham, musical supervisor Catherine Jayes, and orchestrator Jonathan Tunick.

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Run time

1h 45m (no interval)

Start date

November 25th, 2023

End date

February 25th, 2024


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Audiences Say
Great staging, Clever, Entertaining, Absorbing, Enchanting

42 reviews on Show-Score

Profound, Great staging, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful
80 / 100
Viki Robb-Leech
Great staging, Exquisite, Enchanting, Clever, Absorbing
100 / 100
Thought-provoking, Masterful, Funny, Ambitious, Clever
92 / 100
David 321826
Relevant, Must see, Masterful, Intelligent, Delightful
85 / 100
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Our Review

'Pacific Overtures' review – this handsome production makes a strong case for Sondheim's challenging musical

4 of 5
05 Dec 2023, 10:06
Read our four-star review of Pacific Overtures, Stephen Sondheim's 1976 work about 19th-century Japan, now in performances at the Menier Chocolate Factory to 24 February.
Production note
Contains some loud noises and some smoke affects. Strictly no latecomers or readmission.

Pacific Overtures cast and creative team

By: John Weidman
Songs by: Stephen Sondheim
Director: Matthew White Choreography: Ashley Nottingham
Cast list: Jon Chew (as Reciter), Kanako Nakano (as Tamate), Saori Oda (as Shogun/Madam), Takuro Ohno (as Kayama), Joaquin Pedro Valdes (as Manjiro), Luoran Ding, Masashi Fujimoto, Rachel Hayne Picar, Eu Jin Hwang, Abel Law, Ethan Le Phong, JoJo Meredith, Patrick Munday, Sario Solomon, Joy Tan, Lee V G, Iverson Yabut
Design: Paul Farnsworth
Costumes: Ayako Maeda
Sound: Gregory Clarke
Other info: Music supervision by Catherine Jayes, music direction by Paul Bogaev, orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, hair and makeup design by Wakana Yoshihara, cultural consultation by You-Ri Yamanaka


53 Southwark Street, London, United Kingdom, SE1 1RU


Location: Fringe/Off West End
Railway station: London Bridge
Bus numbers: (Southwark St) RV1, 343, 381; (Southwark Bridge Rd) 344; (Borough High St) 21, 35, 40, 133
Night bus numbers: (Southwark St) 381, N343; (Southwark Bridge Rd) 344; (Borough High St) N21, N35, N133
Car park: Union Car Park on Southwark Street (1min)
Directions from tube: (10 mins) Head towards Borough High Street; cross the street and take Union Street. Turn right at O’Meara Street and the theatre will be at the end.

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Frequently asked questions

What is Pacific Overtures about?

Nippon. The Floating Kingdom.

Where is Pacific Overtures playing?

Pacific Overtures is playing at Menier Chocolate Factory. The theatre is located in 53 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU.

How long is Pacific Overtures?

The running time of Pacific Overtures is 1h 45m (no interval).

How do you book tickets for Pacific Overtures?

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