With an incredible cast that includes Nicholas Lyndhurst, Cassidy Janson and Danielle de Niese in the musical Man of La Mancha you’d wonder how you could top that, until you find that Kelsey Grammar will be playing Miguel de Cervantes and Don Quixote as well as singing that amazing show tune, Dream the Impossible Dream.
Man of La Mancha is inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’s masterpiece Don Quixote. In a 16th century dungeon Cervantes and his man servant 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.
‘The Impossible Dream’ has become an internatonally-renowned song, and has been performed by Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Andy Williams, Luther Vandross and The Temptations, amongst others.
Man of La Mancha is produced by Michael Linnit and Michael Grade, the producers who brought Chess, Carousel, Sunset Boulevard and Sweeney Todd to the London Coliseum. Nicholas Lyndhurst will play the Innkeeper and the Captain; Cassidy Janson will share the role of Aldonza and Dulcinea with Danielle de Niese.
London Coliseum, St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4ES from 26 April – 8 June. Times: Mon – Sat 7.30pm. Wd & Sat matinees 2.30pm. Admission: £15 – £150. Phone: 0207 845 9300