Everything you need to know about Man of La Mancha at the London Coliseum

By | Posted on 26-Apr-2019

Everything you need to know about Man of La Mancha at the London Coliseum

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Dream the impossible dream at Man of La Mancha. As a prisoner turned dreaming nobleman, Miguel de Cervantes’ journey sees him travel far and wide, but the story is rarely told in London theatres. Read our guide to the production and what you can expect to see from the show.

Man of La Mancha at the London Coliseum

Who is it written by?

Man of La Mancha is inspired by the novel Don Quixote, written by Miguel de Cervantes in the early 16th century. Finding great worldwide success with the story of the Spaniard, the story of Don Quixote was published in two parts (1605, 1615) and has since been translated into more than 60 languages, meaning readers worldwide can enjoy the satirical stories.

Recognising the possibility to adapt the story into a musical, Man of La Mancha received its Broadway premiere in 1965. The musical features a book by Dale Wasserman, with music and lyrics by Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion. Winning best musical at the Tony Awards, Man of La Mancha remained a 20th century great and has since been revived on Broadway four times.

What’s the synopsis?

When Miguel de Cervantes is thrown into a dungeon during the Spanish Inquisition, he decides to fulfil a dream of his and canter into uncharted territory. Changing into a traditional knight’s costume, the prisoner becomes Alonso Quijano, a chivalrous, influential man whose service to his country is respected. Chasing his “impossible dream” with the help of his sidekick Sancho Panza, the pair find themselves in unbelievable situations, where the odds seem stacked against the plucky travellers. Will the courageous pair be able to live their dreams and follow the star?

Who will star in Man of La Mancha?

Kelsey Grammer made his West End debut in Man of La Mancha as the titular knight himself. Best known for playing Dr. Frasier Crane in the television series Cheers, later starring in the spin-off series Frasier, Grammer has appeared in a number of productions across stage and screen. In recent years, Grammer has starred in Finding Neverland and My Fair Lady in the United States, making his London theatre debut in 2017 as Edward Bloom in Big Fish.

Alongside Grammer, Danielle de Niese made her West End debut as Aldonza/Dulcinea. The Australian soprano has stunned audiences around the world with her effortless singing voice, starring in operas including The Merry Widow and Bel Canto.

A line up of West End favourites, as well as famous faces from the television will star in the show, with Peter Polycarpou playing the role of Sancho Panza, Don Quixote’s sidekick. Recently, Polycarpou starred in Oslo at the Harold Pinter Theatre, receiving an Olivier Award nomination for best-supporting actor. He is joined by Only Fools and Horses’ Nicholas Lyndhurst as the Innkeeper and Governor as well as Cassidy Janson, who will be alternating the roles of Aldonza/Dulcinea with de Niese.

Where can I see it in London’s West End and how do I get there?

Man of La Mancha is playing at the London Coliseum, located on St Martin’s Lane (WC2N 4AU). The closest train station is Charing Cross, which is a 4-minute walk away. Piccadilly and Northern Line underground services are available from Leicester Square tube station, just a short walk away.