A scene from Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward
A scene from Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward
© Matthew Murphy

Ahead of tonight's press opening of Miss Saigon, Cameron Mackintosh's West End revival has extended its booking period at the Prince Edward Theatre until 25 April 2015.

The show, which had originally been booking until 20 December 2014, reportedly recouped its costs in advanced ticket sales, echoing the audience response to the original production in 1989.

Boublil and Schonberg's musical transplants the Madam Butterfly story to war-torn Vietnam. Cultures and aspirations clash when a local prostitute meets her GI Joe during the fall of Saigon in 1975.

Directed by Nicholas Hytner and produced by Mackintosh, the original production ran at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane for ten years.

The new production is helmed by Laurence Connor, with a cast led by Alistair Brammer as Chris, Eva Noblezada as Kim and Jon Jon Briones as The Engineer, alongside Hugh Maynard as John, Tamsin Carroll as Ellen and Rachelle Ann Go as GiGi.

Lyricist Alain Boublil told WhatsOnStage recently: "It doesn't feel like it was 25 years ago [that it premiered], time flies... The pressure is the same as the first time around. The excitement is the same... There is a complete new generation of people who are coming to see Miss Saigon and that is really rejuvenating."