About the showTaking to the West End for the first time in more than 50 years, Man of La Mancha makes its home at the London Coliseum for a strictly limited six-week run. The Tony-Award-winning musical takes Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote as its inspiration. Set during the Spanish Inquisition, it’s the tale of an imprisoned writer who finds an inventive way of saving his unfinished manuscript. Multi-award winning actor Kelsey Grammer stars with opera star Danielle de Niese. This magnificent semi-staged concert production is presented by Michael Grade and Michael Linnit in collaboration with English National Opera and is directed by Lonny Price.
The story introduces us to Miguel de Cervantes, a struggling playwright, poet and tax collector who commits the mistake of daring to to tax a monastery and is thrown in jail by the Spanish Inquisition. As he awaits his fate, the hapless writer is subjected to a makeshift court made up of his fellow prisoners, a gaggle of cutthroats and thieves who plan to steal the few possessions he has in the jail. One of these is his prized but incomplete novel, ‘Don Quixote’. Desperate to save his treasured manuscript from theft, Cervantes suggests an innovative way to defend himself through entertainment. So arises a play within a play: chivalry, love, knighthood, adventure – in other words, the story of Don Quixote and his servant Sancho Panza.
Man of La Mancha is the work of the American playwright Dale Wasserman. The music is by American musical theatre composer and producer Mitch Leigh and lyrics come from American musical theatre lyricist Joe Darion.
Kelsey Grammer is surely most famous for his role as Dr Frasier Crane in sitcoms Cheers and Frasier. He is the recipient of several Primetime Emmy Awards, Globe Awards and a Tony Award. His theatre credits include My Fair Lady, Big Fish and Finding Neverland.
Soprano Danielle de Niese makes her West End debut as Aldonza and Dulcinea. Her opera credits include The Merry Widow, Don Pasquale and Bel Canto.
Playing the part of the Innkeeper and the Captain is Nicholas Lyndhurst. The BAFTA-winning actor is famous worldwide as Rodney in the TV series Only Fools and Horses.
West End star Cassidy Janson shares the roles of Aldonza and Dulcinea with de Niese. Her most recent West End appearance was in the musical Chess in 2018, also at the London Coliseum.
Peter Polycarpou plays Sancho Panza, Don Quixote’s squire. His prior stage appearances include Les Miserables and Oliver!
Lonny Price directs, following recent directional credits which include Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill and Sunset Boulevard.
Man of La Mancha is said to be one of the most enduring pieces of musical theatre in existence. Witness its latest production at London Coliseum from 26 April 2019.