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28 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 4HS
Ended 27 Feb 2016 after 21 months
A superbly slick, powerfully acted and splendidly sung revival.
Charles Spencer, The Telegraph
Impeccable singing and set design work hand-in-hand to bring the hardship and passion of Boublil and Schonberg's legendary musical to life in this 25th-anniversary revival by Cameron Mackintosh. Miss Saigon was created by the team behind the international hit, Les Miserables, and debuted in London over two decades years ago. Now the iconic tragedy is reinvented for a modern audience, and returns to the West End for the first time in 15 years!
Adapted from Puccini's Madame Butterfly, the Vietnam War provides a heady backdrop to the story of the doomed romance between an American soldier and a young Vietnamese prostitute. The female lead is performed by the incredibly talented Eva Noblezada - an 18-year old acting graduate from Charlotte, USA, who has landed a dream role - and her London debut - performing in this moving testament to love and betrayal.
Set in the final days of the Vietnam War, Miss Saigon and charts the burgeoning romance of an American GI, Chris (Chris Peluso), and a vulnerable local girl, Kim (Noblezada), who works in a steamy Saigon go-go bar. From the moment he meets her, Chris is immediately drawn to her, longing to love her as well as protect her from the horror surrounding them. After spending the night together, Chris and Kim realise they cannot ignore how strongly they both feel about each other and pledge their love.
However, not even their love is enough to keep the Vietnam war at bay forever, and when Saigon falls, Chris is forced to flee the country. Kim awaits Chris' return for years - but he has since found a new wife back in America. Will Chris return to Kim, or abandon the life they created to the mercy of the Vietcong?
This reinterpretation has a distinct, more gritty feel to its brilliant set design, perfectly capturing the desperate mood of the side streets, shanty towns and bars in war-time Vietnam. It broke box office records when tickets went on-sale in 2013, selling over £4 million in one day! This production hasn't only been popular amongst those who grew up with the original production thought, with many young audience members also securing their seat to this highly anticipated revival.
Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil's musical will also feature a newly penned song, entitled Maybe, with London audiences the first to hear it in English.
Previews from: 3 May 2014
Opening night: 21 May 2014
Closing night: 27 February 2016
Suitable for ages 12+ due to mature themes
Two hours and 40 minutes with a 15-minute intermission
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