Already a hit in the West End and on Broadway, Cameron Mackintosh's production of Boublil and Schönberg's musical Miss Saigon has been touring the UK and will be in Southampton at the Mayflower Theatre from the 21st of February till 17 March.
Set near the end of the Vietnam War, Miss Saigon centres around the story of Kim - a young Vietnamese girl who meets an American GI while working at a Saigon bar. After a brief love affair the pair are split apart when Saigon falls. Kim is left in Vietnam, and fights to make it back to Chris and give their son a new chance at life in America. Unfortunately the story is not fated to have a happy ending.
Miss Saigon is based on Giacomo Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly. The original follows a similar story, but is set in Japan. The move to Vietnam was a timely update, with the Vietnam War an important moment in time that has inspired countless books, television shows, movies and theatre productions. The broadway musical engages modern audiences in a way the original opera is unable to.
The musical deals with love, war, hope and despair. The story of the young Vietnamese woman falling in love with a US soldier permeates fiction based on this era and the musical has courted controversy for its portrayal of Kim as the story's tragic victim rather than its heroine. The musical numbers are without a doubt spectacular, but the question is whether there are more important stories of the war that should be told instead of the same overused trope that is often transposed to any Asian country and conflict. It does put a taint on this 'love story'.
Tickets start at £27.50pp depending on your seats or the date and time of the performance. Tickets can be purchased online from the Mayflower Website. Miss Saigon will continue touring the UK until November 2018. The full list of tour dates and places can be found on the Miss Saigon UK Tour website.