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Miss Saigon’s New Engineer

© Johan Persson

A highly-acclaimed performer who has performed on stages worldwide is joining the cast of Miss Saigon when the show opens in Norwich.

Christian Rey Marbella will take on the role of The Engineer in the epic musical which is taking the UK by storm and arrives at Norwich Theatre Royal for a five-week run from August 15.

His many theatre credits include Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella and The King And I at the Newport Performing Arts Theatre in Manila, and Jesus Christ Superstar, The Full Monty and Showboat at The Village Theatre in Washington.

Christian also has a long and rich history with Miss Saigon having performed in productions in London, Manila, Asia, and several UK tours. Having previously played The Engineer as an alternate, he is now marking his first decade with the show stepping into a lead role.

The notorious character is first seen running the seedy Dreamland bar where 17-year-old Kim is forced to work. She meets and falls in love with American GI Chris but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. Kim then faces a three-year battle for survival to find her way back to Chris.

He will appear opposite Sooha Kim who made her professional debut in the recent West End production of Miss Saigon covering the role of Kim before playing it in the Japanese production and then reprising it in the UK tour.

And the production is a homecoming for Norfolk’s Ashley Gilmour, who plays Chris, after appearing in the ensemble in the recent West End production. His other on-stage credits include Link Larkin in the national tour of Hairspray.

Last year, this production of Miss Saigon opened on Broadway where it played to nightly ovations and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. The New Yorker called it a “Dynamite Broadway revival”.

When the smash-hit run of this production opened in London in May 2014 to record-breaking advance sales and critical acclaim, Dominic Cavendish in The Daily Telegraph wrote: “This thrilling new production spills out beyond the theatre and speaks directly to the times we live in”. The show swept the board at the 2015 Whatsonstage.com awards winning a record breaking nine awards, the most awards ever won by a single show in the 15-year history of the awards including Best West End Show and Best Revival of a Musical.

Since its London premiere in 1989, Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s legendary musical Miss Saigon has become one of the most successful shows in history.  The original Broadway production of Miss Saigon opened on April 11, 1991 with what was the largest advance sale in Broadway history ($37 million).  It went on to play for nearly ten years and 4,063 performances, and was seen by more than 5.9 million people.

Miss Saigon has been performed in 32 countries, over 300 cities in 15 different languages, has won over 40 awards including 2 Olivier Awards, 3 Tony Awards, and 4 Drama Desk Awards, and been seen by over 36 million people worldwide.

Miss Saigon is at the Norwich Theatre Royal from Wednesday 15th August – Saturday 15th September 2018 at 7.30pm, and Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.

Please note there are no Sunday performances, and there will be an audio-described and signed performance on Wed 29 August at 2.30pm and Captioned performance on Wed 5 Sept at 2.30pm.

Tickets £8-£60, with Discounts for Over 60s, Under 18s, and Groups. Book now at www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk or call the box office on 01603 630000