- Posted By: Glenn Rice on: Thu, 5th Sep 2013 at 3:54pm
Booking opens today for the West End revival of Miss Saigon, which returns to the West End next spring to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
The musical, written by Les Misérables creators Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, opens at the Prince Edward Theatre on 3 May 2014 and is currently taking bookings until 25 October 2014.
Its originally ran in London at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane for ten years from 1989 and still holds the record for the longest ever run at the venue, having clocked up 4000 performances over ten years.
It won two Olivier Awards and has played to similar success in theatres in major cities all over the world and on tour. It remains the eleventh longest-running Broadway musical in history, and has played to over 35 million people worldwide.
In a statement, producer Cameron Mackintosh said: '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.'
Mackintosh promises a 'gritty and realistic' production which will, nonetheless, deliver 'the power and epic sweep of Boublil and Schönberg's great score'.
The revival will include Maybe, a new Boublil and Schönberg song that the dup wrote for the second act, and which has featured in recent Dutch and Japanese productions.
Miss Saigon is a reimagining of Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly. Set in 1975, it tells the epic love story of an American GI's marriage to a Vietnamese bar girl at the height of the Vietnam War.
Music is by Claude-Michel Schönberg with lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Alain Boublil, with direction by Laurence Connor. Musical staging is by Bob Avian with additional choreography by Geoffrey Garratt. Casting has yet to be announced.