Prince Edward Theatre
28 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 4HS
Evenings: Monday - Saturday 7.30pm
Running Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Booking Until: 25 October 2014
Those who enjoyed the original production will love seeing it again in London’s West End. Fans of ‘Les Misérables’ on both stage and screen will appreciate the incredible score from two of the biggest musical theatre writers in modern history. Please note the show does include some adult themes and scenes that children may find distressing.
Almost 15 years after the acclaimed original production closed at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Boublil and Schonberg’s epic musical ‘Miss Saigon’ makes a welcome return to London’s West End, at the Prince Edward Theatre. From the composers of ‘Les Misérables’, this incredible musical is based on the opera ‘Madame Butterfly’ and relocates the action to the Vietnam War, where a relationship between an American GI and a Vietnamese bar girl blossoms against an unsettled backdrop. The musical first opened in London in 1989 directed by Nicholas Hytner and was famous for its impressive size and scale. John Napier’s original set design featured a helicopter that descended onto the stage during the dramatic fall of Saigon. The original production ran for over 4,000 performances and is currently the longest running show at the Theatre Royal, were it eventually closed 10 years later. The show was a huge success on Broadway, gaining the biggest advance of a musical at the time. The original cast starred Jonathan Pryce and Lea Salonga who both took home Olivier and Tony Awards for their performances.
The show begins just before the fall of Saigon in 1975. Chris, an American GI, falls in love with Kim, a 17 year old Vietnamese bar girl, but as the American troops are forced to leave the country the pair become separated. Once the war is over Chris returns to Vietnam with his American wife to find that Kim has had his baby, and she is being used by The Engineer to gain a visa to the US. Miss Saigon is both dramatic and exciting, telling a classic love story in a fresh and utterly engaging way.
Producer Cameron Mackintosh is delighted to be bringing one of his most popular shows back to London. Tickets are now on sale for the hit show, with casting news due in the coming months.
- 1989 Olivier Awards: Best Actor in a Musical (Pryce); Best Actress in a Musical (Salonga).
- 1991 Tony Awards: Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical (Pryce); Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical (Salonga).
- The Original Broadway production made history by having an advance of $24million before it had even opened! It managed to repay its investors in less than 39 weeks.
- The original production was one of the biggest musicals in history, employing 266 people per show - 47 of whom appeared onstage.
- John Napier's design has often been called one of the most impressive set designs of the 1980s as it featured a full scale helicopter which landed and took off on-stage!