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HE is the man be­hind some of the most suc­cess­ful mu­si­cals of all time, and we have Sir Cameron Mack­in­tosh to thank for fi­nally bring­ing Miss Saigon back to the city for an on­go­ing eight-week run at the Palace The­atre.

The the­atre im­pre­sario has cer­tainly made us wait for the show’s epic re­turn though - it has been a decade for the­atre-go­ers to wait for their most re­quested show to re­turn to Manch­ester.

The rea­son for keep­ing us all wait­ing?

Sir Cameron laughs: “It’s such a com­pli­cated show to put to­gether that you can only ever bring it back again ev­ery 20 years or so.

“It has such a highly spe­cialised cul­tural quan­tity, a huge, very ac­tive en­sem­ble of ac­tors and this new pro­duc­tion is on the scale of the orig­i­nal one 26 years ago.”

The Bou­blil and Schon­berg mu­si­cal tells the story of 17-year-old Kim, who flees to Saigon after watch­ing her vil­lage burn to the ground.

Alone and vul­ner­a­ble, she is forced to ac­cept a job in a bar and brothel, run by the in­fa­mous En­gi­neer, where she meets US marine Chris, thus start­ing their doomed ro­mance.

Sir Cameron beams with pride at what his show has achieved - seen by some 36 mil­lion peo­ple across the world since it de­buted on the West End in 1989.

He says: “A whole new gen­er­a­tion are now dis­cov­er­ing this show. You can just see the au­di­ence re­ac­tion, it’s in­cred­i­bly pow­er­ful, and the best ver­sion I think we’ve ever done.”

While Miss Saigon is de­light­ing au­di­ences for the next month, Sir Cameron is al­ready busy get­ting his next big tour ready for the road - Les Mis­er­ables.

It caused huge ex­cite­ment last month when it was revealed the show would be head­ing back to Manch­ester next year (at the Palace The­atre from Fe­bru­ary 19 to March 30, 2019), and Sir Cameron said: “It’s still do­ing phe­nom­e­nal busi­ness. It’s ap­peal­ing to a whole new au­di­ence par­tic­u­larly after the big screen ver­sion.”

Sir Cameron, now 71, shows no signs of slow­ing down, hav­ing last year brought one of the most talked about shows of the modern era, Hamil­ton, to his re­cently ren­o­vated Vic­to­ria Palace The­atre in Lon­don.

And as for what’s next? Well it’s one to bring yet more shiv­ers down the spine of the­atre lovers in Manch­ester. Yep, the re­turn of Phan­tom of the Opera.

He says: “I’m plan­ning that now, it won’t be too long, within the next two or three years Phan­tom will be back on tour. And then it will soon be time to have Oliver back after that.

“I’ve got so much to do, I’ve got half a dozen great shows in huge de­mand all around the world that I’m still ex­cited to be working on. Do­ing that, run­ning my the­atres, they’re bril­liant old the­atres, and I’m still ca­pa­ble of get­ting around!” Miss Saigon is at Manch­ester’s Palace The­atre un­til May 12. ●●

Sir Cameron Mack­in­tosh and, in­set, Miss Saigon

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