The final trip of the Culture Club calendar had been hotly anticipated for a while, since we discovered that as part of it we would be seeing Miss Saigon, described by some as the best musical of all time.

A last minute change of plan due to a tube strike resulted in us visiting the Wallace Collection instead of the National Gallery, but this was not a problem in the least. The Wallace Collection is a small private collection in Marylebone, specialising in armour, as well as housing some of the best-loved paintings in art. We were lucky enough to have a private tour of the collection and had the opportunity to try on 16th century armour before having a chance to explore the gallery on our own, seeing paintings by Rubens, Titian and Greuze among others.

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Miss Saigon itself was an absolute wonder and its glowing reputation is absolutely deserved. Set during and after the Vietnam War and based on the Puccini opera Madame Butterfly, Miss Saigon tells the tragic story of Kim, a Vietnamese prostitute, who falls in love with Chris, an American soldier, and has his child. The musical deals with big themes such as love, sex, greed and war, but is closely centred around a moving and personal story. Filled with big emotional numbers, such as The Movie in my Mind and Bui Doi, Miss Saigon is exciting, moving and downright spectacular, having some of the best visual effects in theatre.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/embed/q3lTV-da5Kw

I would like to thank Ms Ashton and Mrs Akerman for organising all of this cultural experience. I hope that next year’s Culture Clubbers will have just as good a time as we did.