Record-breaking musical Miss Saigon is returning to the West End next year to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The show, written by Les Misérables creators Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg (pictured), will open at the Prince Edward Theatre in May 2014, following current Prince Edward resident Jersey Boys' transfer to the Piccadilly Theatre in March.
It won two Olivier Awards before finally closing in 1999 and has since 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.'
According to Mackintosh we can expect a more 'gritty and realistic' production design for the show, which will, nonetheless, deliver 'the power and epic sweep of Boublil and Schönberg's great score'.
The London revival of Miss Saigon will also include Maybe, a new song that Boublil and Schönberg wrote for the show’s second act, and which has featured in recent Dutch and Japanese productions.
Miss Saigon is an updated 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 in the final days of the Vietnam War.
The show has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg with lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Alain Boublil. At the Prince Edward Theatre it will be directed by Laurence Connor, with musical staging by Bob Avian and additional choreography by Geoffrey Garratt. Casting has yet to be announced.
Tickets will be available soon for the London revival of Miss Saigon. Watch this space for details and to book.