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Miss Saigon To Return To The West End!

Twenty five years after it made its world premiere in the west end, Miss Saigon, the legendary musical from Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg will make its much-rumoured return to London next May.

The Cameron Mackintosh-produced epic musical will be directed by Laurence Connor and showcase at the Prince Edward theatre, with dates and cast still to be confirmed. 

Based on Puccini's opera Madam Butterfly, Miss Saigon transports the classic love story to the final days of the American occupation of Saigon in 1975. There American soldier GI John buys the services of 17-year-old Kim, a poor orphan who has been forced to work as a bar girl in a sleazy nightclub owned by a notorious wheeler-dealer known as The Engineer. The couple soon fall in love, but become separated after the war ends. Years later, their doomed love affair catches up with John.

Miss Saigon ran in the west end for a decade following its premiere at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, and won two Olivier Awards and making it the most successful show ever to play in the legendary venue. The production has subsequently been seen worldwide by more than 35 million people, and performed in 28 countries winning more than 40 awards, including three Tony Awards for its Broadway run.

Speaking about the announcement, Cameron Mackintosh said: “10 years ago I decided to reconceive the show in a completely re-imagined physical production that could play a far greater number of theatres than the original but still retains Bob Avian’s legendary musical staging and the same scale of cast. As well as touring the UK with enormous success, the new production directed by Laurence Connor has been seen in numerous countries around the world where it has been embraced by audiences and critics alike with as much enthusiasm as the original.”

Miss Saigon fans will receive an added bonus with the inclision of a recently composed song by the musical’s acclaimed duo Boublil and Schönberg’s, Maybe, which will be performed in English for the first time at the Prince Edward theatre. 

The creative team is completed by lyricist Richard Maltby Jnr, choreographer Geoffrey Garratt and designers Totie Driver and Matt Kinley, from an original concept by Adrian Vaux, Andreane Neofitou, Bruno Poet and Mick Potter.

Tickets for Miss Saigon will go on sale to the public on 9 September, The current show play at the Prince Edward Theatre, Jersey Boys is to relocate to the Piccadilly Theatre next March.

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