Some West End musicals seemingly never close: Les Miserables is about to enter its 30th year there, while The Phantom of the Opera is only a year behind it. And if they ain't broke, why fix them? Those shows have been meticulously maintained and are in tip-top shape, with new casts constantly renewing them (Les Mis will welcome a line-up of new principals from June 16).
Miss Saigon, The Prince Edward Theatre
Set in 1975 during the final days of the American occupation of Saigon, Miss Saigon is an epic love story about the relationship between an American GI and a young Vietnamese woman. Kim is working in a sleazy Saigon night club owned by a notorious wheeler-dealer known as 'The Engineer'. John, an American GI, buys his friend Chris the services of Kim for the night. That night will change their lives forever.