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Pacific Overtures

November - February 2024

About The Show

Nippon. The Floating Kingdom.

One of Stephen Sondheim’s most ambitious, rarely seen creations comes to the Chocolate Factory in a co-production with Umeda Arts Theater in Japan, where it has already been a huge success in Tokyo and Osaka.

The story of the arrival of the West in 1853 in isolated Japan is seen from an imagined Japanese perspective. The score is filled with some of Sondheim’s most ravishing music, including ‘Someone in a Tree’, ‘Pretty Lady’ and ‘A Bowler Hat’.

Pacific Overtures completes the Menier’s trilogy of Sondheim/Weidman musicals following their critically acclaimed productions of Assassins and Road Show.

Please note: Pacific Overtures was written in 1976. It explores themes of racism, colonialism, sexual objectification & threat towards women and generational trauma incited by the opening of Japan to the West.

The show contains some loud noises and smoke effects.

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Creative Team

Matthew White
Set Design
Paul Farnsworth
Costume Design
Ayako Maeda
Lighting Design
Paul Pyant
Sound Design
Gregory Clarke
Ashley Nottingham
Musical Supervision
Catherine Jayes
Musical Direction
Paul Bogaev
Jonathan Tunick
Hair and Make-up Design
Wakana Yoshihara
Video Design
Leo Flint
Traditional Japanese Movement and Cultural Consultant
You-Ri Yamanaka

Show Info

Ticket Pricing Info

We are delighted to offer a range of ticket prices, from discounted preview tickets to Premier seats.

Booking Info

The performance schedule for Pacific Overtures is as follows:

25th November 2023 to 25th February 2024


Opening Night – Monday 4th December 2023


Tuesday to Saturday: 7:30pm

Saturday & Sunday: 3pm


Additional matinee performances on: 22nd & 25th February at 3pm.


Groups Info

A group booking can be made for a group of 10 or more people. The group rate applies to standard seats only for specific performances.

Access Info

The theatre has step-free access to the foyer and bar area, as well as an accessible toilet. The theatre also has wheelchair spaces available in the auditorium.

Running Time

The performance is 1 hour and 45 minutes with no interval.

Ticket Insurance

All tickets purchased are non-refundable as standard. You can protect your tickets by opting into the KXtickets Refund Protection programme and you’ll get a full refund in the event of:


• Inability to attend due to accident, bodily injury or illness
• Death of a member of the Customers party or an immediate family member.
• Transit Delay including breakdown or failure of transport whilst travelling to the event.
• Strikes, Riots, Civil Commotion, Martial Law
• Adverse weather including snow, fog, frost or storm preventing attendance at the venue.


Plus much more. Read the full terms and conditions, including how to request a refund by visiting https://www.kxtickets.com/ticket-refund-protection