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miss saigon

John as Chris

Drury Lane Theatre, London
September 1990 to February/March 1991 (Alternate)*
December 1993 to April 1994 (Principal)*
Role: Chris

In Cameron Mackintosh's production of Miss Saigon, John first played Chris as Alternate to Simon Bowman, in selected performances from September 1990 to February/March 1991, returning as Principal in 1993.

Miss Saigon is a modern retelling of the Puccini opera, Madame Butterfly, with the location transferred from Japan to Vietnam in the mid-1970s during the final days of the Vietnam War.

The story centres on Chris, an American Marine serving at the US Embassy in Saigon and Kim, a young Vietnamese woman who has fallen on hard times and is forced to work in a Saigon brothel.

Chris and Kim fall in love but are separated after the fall of Saigon and the US evacuation, to be briefly reunited in Bangkok - where Kim discovers that Chris has married and Chris learns that he has a son.

*Dates supplied by Cameron Mackintosh Ltd