“In a 16th century dungeon Cervantes and his manservant await trial from the Spanish Inquisition. In his possession he has a trunk, carrying an unfinished novel Don Quixote. As prisoners attempt to steal his possessions, Cervantes embarks on acting out his novel as his defence, transforming himself into Alonso Quijano.
Quijano, deluded, believes he is a knight errant, renames himself Don Quixote de la Mancha, and sets off on a fantastical quest with his man servant Sancho Panza.
Chivalry abounds in this classic tale of knighthood, love, loyalty and adventure”.
Inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ ‘Don Quixote’, the award-winning classic musical ‘Man of La Mancha’ returns to London for the first time in 50 years. The musical will run at the London Coliseum for a strictly limited season from 26th April to 8th June 2019.
Written by Dale Wasserman, with music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion, staged as a play within a play, the musical tells the story of knight-errant Don Quixote, performed by an imprisoned Cervantes to a group of fellow prisoners as they await their hearing during the Spanish Inquisition.
Emmy Award-winning actor Kelsey Grammer, best known for playing Dr Frasier Crane in NBC series ‘Cheers’, and for his character’s spin-off, ‘Frasier’, makes his West End debut in the roles of Miguel de Cervantes and Don Quixote.
Opposite Grammer, Australian opera singer Danielle De Niese and West End Leading Lady Cassidy Johnson will share the roles of Aldonza and Dulcinea. De Niese will play the roles in 33 performances, whilst Johnson will play the remaining 17.
Joining them as the Innkeeper and Governor is BAFTA Award-winning actor Nicholas Lyndhurst (Only Fools and Horses’ Rodney Trotter).
Peter Polycarpou (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Oslo, Pinter 4: Moonlight/Night School) will also be joining the previously announced cast.
The musical will be directed by Lonny Price, who recently directed the critically acclaimed production of ‘Sunset Boulevard’ (starring Glen Close), and its subsequent Broadway transfer.
‘Man of La Mancha’ features musical numbers ‘Man of La Mancha (I, Don Quixote)’, ‘Dulcinea’, ‘I Really Like Him’, ‘Little Bird’, and of course, the iconic ‘The Impossible Dream’.
Following their previous acclaimed productions of ‘Chess’, ‘Sweeney Todd’, ‘Sunset Boulevard’ and ‘Carousel’, ‘Man of La Mancha’ is produced by Michael Linnit and Michael Grade, in collaboration with English National Opera.
‘Dream the impossible dream…’