A historic and philosophical saga

Pacific Overtures

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What's Pacific Overtures about?

Pacific Overtures is definitely one of the most demanding Stephen Sondheim musicals. The nineth work by this famous composer, it tells the story of the difficult westernisation of the Land of the Rising Sun from the point of view of two Japanese friends.

In 1853, commodore Matthew Perry is appointed by President Fillmore to negotiate a trade deal with Japan. In charge of four steamships, he'll make the resistant Japanese give in. It's set at the beginning of a country and a period of unrest, before the emperor took power and the Meiji era began.

Why should you see Pacific Overtures?

This production of Pacific Overtures is the first show revival in London. Matthew White's production was acclaimed in Tokyo and Osaka. With Pacific Overtures, the Chocolate Menier Factory completes its trilogy of Weidman/Sondheim musicals, which began with Assassins and Road Show.

Pacific Overtures was created in 1976 on Broadway and was performed for the first time in London in 2003. Across all the productions, the play has won 2 Tony Awards and 3 Olivier Awards, proving its artistic quality. It's the Sondheim work which is closest to an opera.

Frequently asked questions

Tickets for Pacific Overtures start at £67 per seat, depending on the performance date and seats chosen.

Pacific Overtures is playing at Menier Chocolate Factory. The address is: 53 Southwark Street, SE1 1RU London.

Pacific Overtures is around 1:45 long, including the intermission.

Based on the information we have at the moment, Pacific Overtures will run until 25/02/2024. There's always a possibility that the production will extend their run.

To get cheap tickets for Pacific Overtures in London, you can visit the TKTS London last-minute box office for on the day tickets. However, as Pacific Overtures is one of the most popular shows, it's very likely that TKTS may not have any seats available for this show.

If you want to see a specific show or if you have limited flexiblity in terms of dates, or want to secure a good seat, we recommend booking your tickets online ahead of time. By booking in advance, you'll end up with much better seats and see your favourite shows on a date that suits you.

Depending on the theatre, you'll be offered several ways to get your tickets during payment:

  • Collect my tickets at the theatre. Please come to the box office counters at the theatre 30 minutes before the performance begins with the booking confirmation email. You'll be asked to show ID or the bank card of the person who booked the tickets.
  • Send me my tickets by email. Go directly to the entrance 20 minutes before the start of the performance with your PDF tickets (printed or displayed on mobile).

Every theatre has been renovated recently with evey seat giving you a good view of the stage. However, the further you are from the stage, the further you are from the magic. The seats marked by a half-coloured circle indicate less good visibility (these seats are often at the back and so you can't see the whole set). We recommend avoiding them when selecting your seats.

We accept most bank cards via our secure payment system (Visa, Mastercard, American Express).

Ticket prices are set by theatres and productions. Even though the majority of musicals are suitable for children, there is no preferential child ticket.

Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded unless in the event of force majeure (the performance is cancelled or interrupted). If this is the case, the theatre or event organiser will contact you to begin the refund process.

An advertised actor can be replaced by another actor without any prior warning. Unfortunately, this is not a valid reason for requesting a refund.

Taking photos and videos is generally prohibited in theatres.