Miss Saigon to be revived in the West End next year

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Miss Saigon, the musical penned by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, is to return to the West End in May next year.

It will play at the Prince Edward Theatre, with the production marking 25 years since the show premiered at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Producer Cameron Mackintosh said the new production would be based on a “reimagined” version of the musical that was first staged ten years ago, directed by Laurence Connor.

Mackintosh said this show retained “Bob Avian’s legendary musical staging” and added: “As well as touring the UK with enormous success, the new production 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.”

The revival at the Prince Edward Theatre will feature a new song called Maybe, sung by the character Ellen.

This has already been in recent Dutch and Japanese productions, but London audiences will be the first to hear the song in English.

Mackintosh revealed that, of all the shows he has produced, he has had the most requests to bring back Miss Saigon.

"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 have the perfect theatre - the Prince Edward," he said.

Directed by Connor, the show will have musical staging by Avian and additional choreography by Geoffrey Garratt.

Production design is by Totie Driver and Matt Kinley, and the costumes will be designed by Andreane Neofitou.

The show’s orchestrations are by William David Brohn, and the production will have lighting by Bruno Poet and sound design by Mick Potter.

Tickets go on sale in September.