Miss Saigon – public booking opens

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Miss Saigon opens at the Prince Edward Theatre in May 2014. Picture: Roy Beusker

Public booking for Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s musical Miss Saigon will open at 10am on Monday, 9 September 2013.

Miss Saigon will return to the West End on 3 May, 2014 at the Prince Edward Theatre in the musical’s 25th anniversary year, booking for performances through to 25 October.

Cameron Mackintosh said: “I find it hard to believe that it is already 25 years since I first premiered Miss Saigon in London, where it became the greatest success ever in the long history of the Drury Lane Theatre and went on to be a phenomenal success around the world.

“Ten 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.

“If anything, the tragic love story of Miss Saigon has become even more relevant today. In the last 25 years our country has become involved in similar wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the way we weren’t in Vietnam and the American Dream has been buffeted by the reality of recent history. The new production has taken a more gritty and realistic approach to the design than the operatic original but still delivers the power and epic sweep of Boublil and Schönberg’s great score.”

Since its London premiere in 1989, Mackintosh’s production of the show has had record-breaking London and Broadway runs, been performed in 28 countries, more than 300 cities in 15 different languages, won over 40 awards and been seen by over 35 million people worldwide.

Schönberg and Boublil recently wrote a new song called ‘Maybe’ for the role of Ellen to sing in Act II which has been included in the recent Dutch and Japanese productions and will make its UK premiere in London.

Miss Saigon has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg with lyrics by Richard Maltby Jnr and Alain Boublil, adapted from original French lyrics by Boublil. This new production will be directed by Laurence Connor with musical staging by Bob Avian and additional choreography by Geoffrey Garratt.

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