Miss Saigon – West End Show of the Month

As a hotel in the heart of London’s famous West End, we take a keen interest in what’s hot and what’s not in Theatreland. And each month, we present one of our top picks to you on our blog to give you some inspiration for your trip to London.

This month… Miss Saigon

About the show

Be transported to war-torn Vietnam in this classic musical. Taking inspiration from the opera Madame Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini and featuring music by Les Misérables composer Claude-Michel Schönberg, this production has been enthralling audiences for over 25 years. It was first staged in the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane, but you can now see it at the Prince Edward Theatre on Old Compton Street.

Fans of Madame Butterfly will recognise the plot, which centres around a female who enters a relationship with an American man, only for it be her undoing. Though the opera was set in Japan, the musical takes place in Vietnam, with the action revolving around the Fall of Saigon and its repercussions on the characters involved.

It stars Eva Noblezada as the heroine, Kim, in a role which won her the Best Actress in a Musical Award at the WhatsOnStage Awards 2015. Jon Jon Briones, who plays the dastardly character of The Engineer, also scooped the Best Actor in a Musical Award from WhatsOnStage.

Insider show tips

Strand Palace Hotel is less than 15 minutes’ walk from Prince Edward Theatre, which will making getting to and from the venue easy. Here is some more advice and information for your night out in the West End:

  • Contact us before you arrive or speak to our concierge during your stay to see if we can help you secure you some great seats.
  • Thirsty patrons are in luck as the Prince Edward Theatre has five bars on the premises.
  • The show is rated as appropriate for those aged 12 and over, so leave young kids behind.
  • Be aware that you might see understudies Tanya Manalang and Christian Rey Marbella play Kim and The Engineer instead.
  • There is no official dress code at the Prince Edward Theatre, so feel free to dress up or down for the show.

Before and after

As a hotel near the West End, Strand Palace is a great place to start and end your evening. Visit our Lounge Bar for afternoon tea before heading out to see Miss Saigon or opt for a pre-theatre meal at our Daawat or Strand Carvery restaurants. The Gin Palace is ready and waiting for you when you come back after the show. Prince Edward Theatre and Strand Palace Hotel are both near Leicester Square and Chinatown too, where you’ll find lots more dining and drinking options.

Want to experience a night out in the West End? Strand Palace Hotel provides a great base, with London’s top theatres and nightlife venues just a stone’s throw away.

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