Thursday, June 20

Confirmed that Miss Saigon will open at Prince Edward in May 2014

Miss Saigon premiered at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in 1989, and is now due to return to the West End in May 2014 at the Prince Edward Theatre to mark its 25th anniversary. 

It will be directed by Laurence Connor who reconceived the musical for its UK and international tour,  and he also recently revamped Les Miserables (with James Powell) on its latest tour.

It is one of my favourite musicals so I was delighted to receive the hot off the press statement when producer Cameron Mackintosh said: I find it hard to believe that it is already 25 years since I first premiered Miss Saigon in London… 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."

Of all my shows Miss Saigon is probably the one I have the most requests to bring back. For some years I have been waiting for the perfect theatre to house the new production. These requests are not only from a public who remembers seeing it originally but from a generation of new audiences who were too young (or not even born!) to get to see it. Now that the very successful Jersey Boys has decided to move to a more intimate theatre I now have the perfect theatre – The Prince Edward.

The revival will include the song "Maybe" that Schönberg and Boublil wrote for Ellen to sing in the second act and which has been included in the recent Dutch and Japanese productions. London audiences will be the first to hear the song in English.

Casting to be announced but priority booking opens on 2nd September with public booking from September 9th.

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