Arriving at the theatre in 16 45-foot trailers on Sunday 23rd July, a 45-strong team of production staff and backstage crew have worked around the clock for two and a half full days and nights to bring this epic production to the Birmingham Hippodrome stage in countdown to opening night.
Once the Miss Saigon set arrives in Birmingham, it takes a total of 60 hours to unload, rig and assemble the individual components in time for opening night, that’s the equivalent of 2700 man hours! During an average fit-up, the 45 production staff will unload 16 trailers (45 foot long) worth of scenery & props. The largest of these are unloaded via lorry lift which can hold 40 tonnes which is the same weight as 15 elephants.
The 2016/17 UK touring production of Miss Saigon features a company of 87 (which includes 38 cast, 32 crew, 15 orchestra and 2 creatives). 10 Nationalities feature in the 38-strong cast which include British, Thai, Chinese, Korean, Singaporean, Japanese, Filipino, New Zealand, Dutch and Swedish. Over the course of the show’s run in Birmingham, the cast of Miss Saigon will spend over 162 hours on stage spread across 69 individual performances.
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