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Stephen Sondheim’s Pacific Overtures at Union Theatre

Pacific Overtures at Union TheatreThere are few musicals as beautiful and unusual as Pacific Overtures and indeed there is nothing stranger than fact. An 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!

Pacific Overtures is directed by Michael Strassen (Best Director Off-West End Award 2014 for Billy/Best Production Off-West End Award for Assassins) with Musical Direction by Richard Bates and Lighting design by Tim Deiling (The team behind the award winning Billy at the Union Theatre last year).

CAST: Reciter -Ken Christiansen, Kayama – Oli Reynolds, Manjiro/Dutch Admiral – Emanuel Alba, Lord Abe – Alex Mcmorran, Shogun’s Mother/French Admiral – Marc Lee Joseph, Madam/Old Man/British Admiral – Ian Mowat, Geisha/American Admiral/Sailor – Joel Harper-Jackson, Thief/Russian Admiral/Sailor – Lee Van-Geleen, Fisherman/Geisha/Young Boy – Matt Jolly, Tamate – Anthony Selywn, Commodore Perry – Marios Nicolaides, Priest/Geisha/Sailor – Joel Baylis, Priest/Geisha – Josh Andrews.

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by John Weidman
Additional material by Hugh Wheeler, Original Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Original Broadway Production directed by Harold Prince and Produced by Harold Prince in association with Ruth Mitchell
Presented by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LIMITED on behalf of MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL of New York

Staged & Directed by Michael Strassen
Musical Direction by Richard Bates
Designed by Jean Gray
Lighting by Tim Deiling
Produced by Sasha Regan and Paul Callen

2nd July – 2nd August 2014
Tuesday – Saturday at 7.30pm
Saturday/Sunday at 2.30pm
£20 / Concessions £18
2nd – 6th July: All Tickets £16
Box Office: 020 7261 9876
Online Bookings: www.ticketsource.co.uk/uniontheatre (fees apply)
The Union Theatre, 204 Union Street, London SE1 0LX
Twitter: @theuniontheatre

Posted Thursday 19th June 2014


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