Pacific Overtures archiveAn isolated Japan, swathed in honour and protected by invincible gods, has a very rude awakening in 1853 by western war ships. A lowly fisherman is sent to insist they turn back only to kick start a chain of events that lead to drastic social change. Pulling on Japanese art forms such as Kabuki and Butoh, Pacific Overtures is an epic tale of how the child becomes the master... Welcome to Japan!


Music: Stephen Sondheim
Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Book by: John Weidman
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Archive listings for Pacific Overtures

Work type: Musical.


Producer Sasha Regan. Producer Paul Callen. Director Michael Strassen. Musical Director Richard Bates. Design Jean Gray. Lighting Tim Deiling. Performer Ken Christiansen (Reciter). Performer Oli Reynolds (Kayama). Performer Emanuel Alba (Manjiro/Dutch Admiral). Performer Alex Mcmorran (Lord Abe). Performer Marc Lee Joseph (Shogun's Mother/French Admiral). Performer Ian Mowat (Madam/Old Man/British Admiral). Performer Joel Harper-Jackson (Geisha/American Admiral/Sailor). Performer Lee Van-Geleen (Thief/Russian Admiral/Sailor). Performer Matt Jolly (Fisherman/Geisha/Young Boy). Performer Anthony Selywn (Tamate). Performer Marios Nicolaides (Commodore Perry). Performer Joel Baylis (Priest/Geisha/Sailor). Performer Josh Andrews (Priest/Geisha).
2 Jul 14 to 2 Aug 14Union Theatre, Inner London :: V1167
listing details L360883594


Producer Harold Prince. Producer Ruth Mitchell. Producer Leicester Haymarket Theatre. Director Paul Kerryson. Director Julian Kelly (music). Design Jane Linz Roberts. Costume Jane Linz Roberts. Lighting Jenny Cane. Performer Junix Inocian. Performer Hadley Fraser. Performer Dougal Irvine. Performer Yaa. Performer Jo Jo De La Cerna. Performer Jez Unwin. Performer Daniel Koek. Performer Garth Bardsley. Performer Julian Forsyth. Performer Melvin Whitfield. Performer Spencer Charles Noll. Performer Ray Scott-Johnson. Performer Tsubasa Tagoku.
12 May 06 to 3 Jun 06Haymarket Theatre, Leicester :: V431
listing details L0632995740


A co-production between the Donmar and Chicago Shakespeare TheaterCorporate Sponsor Bloomberg. Director Gary Griffin. Director Thomas Murray (music). Director Mark Warman (production musical director). Design Daniel Ostling. Costume Mara Blumenfeld. Lighting Hugh Vanstone. Sound Nick Lidster. Other James Stenborg (orchestration). Performer Jerome Pradon (Shogun's Mother/French Admiral). Performer Cornell John (Warrior/Russian Admiral). Performer Richard Henders (Manjiro/Dutch Admiral). Performer Teddy Kempner (2nd Counsellor/Madam/British Admiral). Performer Togo Igawa (Lord Abe/Old Man). Performer Ian McLarnon (3rd Counsellor/American Admiral). Performer Mo Zainal (Tamate/Boy). Performer Richard Manera (Lion Dancer/Commodore Perry). Performer Joseph Anthony Foronda (Reciter/Shogun). Performer Kevin Gudahl (Kayama).
20 Jun 03 to 6 Sep 03Donmar Warehouse, West End :: V389
listing details L01626868787


The story is told using the highly theatrical Kabuki traditions, innovative staging and a storyline that ranges from fiercely dramatic to poignantly funny.Company Shogun Productions. Director Brian Buttle. Director Lynne Merrifeild (music).
21 Nov 01 to 24 Nov 01Octagon Theatre, Yeovil :: V919
listing details L0366344808


Adapted by Hugh Wheeler. Company Mountview Theatre School. Director Maria Charles.
29 Oct 97 to 1 Nov 97Mountview Theatre School, Outer London :: V317
listing details L0980932179

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