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Pacific Overtures
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Pacific Overtures

25 Nov 2023 - 25 Feb 2024
1 hr 45 min with no interval

Why Watch Pacific Overtures?

  • Get ready for a thrilling tale of clashing cultures between the East and the West with Pacific Overtures. This London play is based on real events.
  • Directed by Matthew White of Olivier-nominated Little Shop of Horrors, the Pacific Overtures musical is the last of the Stephen Sondheim musical trilogy at Menier.
  • Co-produced with the Umeda Arts Theatre in Japan, the musical features a Western perspective in an Eastern style and has won accolades in Tokyo and Osaka.
  • Catch Pacific Overtures in London today and listen to some of the most soulful creations by Sondheim like Someone in a Tree and Pretty Lady.
  • The musical tells the tale of the United States' 1853 expedition to Nippon, the Floating Kingdom, in order to establish Western ties with Japan.

About Show

Show Details


Pacific Overtures is the 9th musical by acclaimed American composer Stephen Sondheim, and the play revolves around the arrival of the United States in Japan in 1853. Pacific Overtures musical features Sondheim's magical numbers like Someone in a Tree, Pretty Lady, and A Bowler Hat. While the creation has been done in an Eastern style, with the help of the Umeda Arts Theatre, the perspective is quite Western. The story stars theatre stalwarts like Kanako Nakano from My Neighbour Totoro, Saori Oda from The King and I, and Takuro Ohno from The Phantom of the Opera.

The Story

In 1853, the United States decided to send an expedition to the untouched, floating nation of Nippon or Japan. Before this voyage, the Japanese had lived in peaceful isolation for centuries. What happens when new concepts and ideas start infiltrating the traditional and serene nation? Watch Pacific Overtures in London to find out!

Show Timings

  • Tues, Wed, Thu & Fri: 7:30pm
  • Sat: 3:00pm & 7:30pm
  • Sun: 3:00pm
  • Show timings for Pacific Overtures may vary every week. You can check the show timings for your preferred date at the next stage of booking.

Cast & Crew

  • Leading Roles: Kanako Nakano as Tamate, Saori Oda as Shogun/Madam, Takuro Ohno as Kayama, and Joaquin Pedro Valdes as Manjiro
  • Director: Matthew White

Note: Producers can not guarantee the appearance of any particular artist, which is always subject to illness and holidays.

Tickets Redemption

  • E-tickets will be provided when you check in online.
  • You will receive an email confirmation with your Pacific Overtures voucher instantly.
  • Please display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID. A physical printout is not necessary.

Cancellation & Refunds

  • Tickets cannot be refunded, amended, or rescheduled.

Menier Chocolate Factory

Menier Chocolate Factory is an Off-West End Theatre that was converted from a chocolate factory, hence the name. Featuring an industrial aesthetic, the theatre is known for its cosy and intimate seating. Menier Chocolate Factory has played host to live music shows, stand-up comedy acts, and productions like Sunday in the Park with George and A Little Night Music. The theatre has also won several awards including the Peter Brook/Empty Space Up and Coming Venue Awards.

Seating Capacity: 180

Getting There

Facilities & Accessibility

Additional Information

Address: Menier Chocolate Factory, 53 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU

Tube: The closest tube station is the London Bridge Underground Station, served by the Jubilee and Northern lines.

Bus: Lines servicing the area include 133, 141, 21 and 381.

Available Facilities: Restrooms, Bar, Cloakroom, Gift Shop, First Aid

Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessibility, Access Toilets, Step-Free Access, Concession Tickets

Security: Please be aware that for your comfort and security, all audience members will be subject to security checks upon arrival at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

Dress Code: Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, that the theatre is air-conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

Outside Food: Most theatres do not allow outside food inside the theatres but most of them also have a café or restaurant inside the premises or nearby.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Pacific Overtures

How much do tickets to Pacific Overtures cost in London?

The cost of Pacific Overtures London tickets starts from £66 and will vary depending on the type of seats you choose.

What is the opening date for the show?

Pacific Overtures musical opened on 25th November 2023 at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

Where is the show playing in London?

Pacific Overtures is playing at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London and opened on 25th November 2023.

How long does Pacific Overtures run for?

The running time of Pacific Overtures is 1 hour 45 minutes with no interval.

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