Miss Saigon – UK Tour Review

Following an extended West End run (and whilst running simultaneously on Broadway), Miss Saigon has embarked on a 14 month UK Tour to bring this critically acclaimed production to every corner of the UK.

The sheer, spectacular scale of this production is truly jaw dropping. With a huge company of 60 performers and an incredible set – this show brings with it all the magic of the West End.

Synopsis: In the last days of the Vietnam War, 17 year-old Kim is forced to work in a Saigon bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There she meets and falls in love with an American GI named Chris but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For 3 years Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he’s fathered a son.

From the early moments of the production you are completely encapsulated and emotionally drawn in. The Heat Is On makes for an eye opening introduction to the gritty, highly sexualised, criminal underworld and the scene is set beautifully shortly thereafter when Chris and Kim first meet.

Sooha Kim (as Kim) is sensational. Her beautiful portrayal of the character and ability to run through every emotion will leave you in awe. Her co-star Ashley Gilmour (as Chris) is outstanding in his emotionally charged role and this provides for the astonishing chemistry between the pair. They will make your heart ache.

Light hearted (and down right hilarious) moments are sprinked throughout, climaxing in his truly fabulous “American Dream” scene later in Act 2 by The Engineer (played by Red Concepcion). Red manages to balance the nastiness in his character with a funny, bumbling idiot of a character and whilst you should dislike The Engineer, you can’t help but like him – at least for his entertainment value.

One of the most impressive aspects of the show is the ensemble. There are some huge scenes that will simply bowl you over with grandeur. Every cast member is at 110%, even in busy scenes or at the back of the stage. It’s musical theatre at its absolute best.

Such a large cast means standout performances are everywhere. Ryan O’Gorman is strong as John, Gerald Santos is an excellent casting in the role of Thuy and Zoe Doano is almost show stealing in the final scenes in her role as Ellen. (There’s also a young performer in the role of Tam, Jade Corpuz was the extraordinarily well behaved 3 year old boy on stage for this performance).

You can see what it means to the cast at the curtain call and their immediate standing ovation at the finale on the launch night was more than deserved. This show is a perfect mix of despair, love, tragedy and hope with the most beautiful yet heart-wrenching ending.

Technically it’s astounding throughout and this is the final ingredient that makes this show such a hit. It is so difficult to pick out moments in a show that is so perfect from start to finish, but the epitome of this is the iconic helicopter scene which will simply take your breath away.

Miss Saigon may well become your favourite musical… and it’s our #1 Musical On Tour Right Now!

It plays Birmingham Hippodrome until Saturday 23rd August and for information on this and the rest of the tour – including where else you can see it – visit Miss-Saigon.com.

Parental Guidance is advised.




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Rob Stanway is the Founder of At The Theatre. He has reviewed the UK's best touring theatre (and much of the west end) for this website since 2005.

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