Costume Hire: Miss Saigon

Miss Saigon Costumes

At Thespis we have pushed the boundaries with our costumes just that little bit further with genuine 1967 –1970s US soldiers uniforms. These include real flak jackets, M1 helmets, dog tags webbing belts even the boots are from the correct era. Red-bandanna tumblers, peasants in upturned-wok hats, and genuine Vietnamese Ao – Dai dresses, we have got them all. We can also supply from our armoury fantastic period replica  metal Russian AK47s , American M16 Assault rifles and M1911 colt 45 pistols as required. Note strict conditions apply.

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It is the attention to detail that makes Thespis’ costumes stand out in this spectacular of a show.

You can be sure when hiring from Thespis Theatrical Costumiers that you will look amazing in any of the Miss Saigon costumes from our collection, where our quality, cleanliness and high standard of replication is second to none. We do not compromise on costume hire why should you! drop us a line or call to discuss your next show.

 

Our costumes are made to reflect the periods correctly avoiding the pantomime look.

Miss Saigon, when first staged, was one of those game-changing musicals that sprang forth from London and conquered the world. It was part of the mega-musical phase which started (probably) with Cats and finished (sort of ) with Sunset Boulevard. It is a musical by Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil, with lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby Jr.

It is based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly, and similarly tells the tragic tale of a doomed romance involving an Asian woman abandoned by her American lover.The setting of the plot is relocated to the 1970s Saigon during the Vietnam War and Madame Butterfly’s story of marriage between and American lieutenant and geisha is replaced by a romance between and American GI and a Vietnamese bargirl.

In the dangerous days before Saigon’s fall in 1975 . Chris, an American GI, and Kim , a destitute Vietnamese orphan working her first night as a prostitute , fall in love.When the city falls , the lovers are forced apart, and each must find their own way , alone.When years later, Chris is able to return to Vietnam, he brings with him an American wife.Kim , who has waited for Chris , has raised their son, Tam, who is “bui-doi”-a term for a child conceived during the horrors of war.With so much devastation behind them , Kim and Chris must decide how to move forward.

Miss Saigon is a tragedy of massive proportions: passionate, profound, and heart-wrenchingly honest.

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