The end of the world is coming.

It is 1853 and American ships are poised in the waters around Japan. A fisherman and a minor samurai are dispatched to ‘stop the boats’ and hold back the tide of Western incursion – at stake is a way of life.

Stephen Sondheim’s extraordinary epic is hysterically funny one minute and deeply moving the next, as it explores the forces of cultural change in 100 minutes of highly charged theatre.

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