Michael Linnit and Michael Grade
in collaboration with English National Opera
MAN OF LA MANCHA
Book by Dale Wasserman
Lyrics by Joe Darion
Music by Mitch Leigh
26 April – 8 June 2019
26 April – 8 June 2019
Man of La Mancha returns to the West End after 50 years, for a limited 6 weeks only.
The inspiring story is about a man who is determined to protect all that is good and true, and not be afraid in the face of grave adversity.
Emmy Award-winning and Tony nominated actor Kelsey Grammer, best known for playing Dr Frasier Crane in NBC’s hit series Frasier will make his West End debut playing Miguel de Cervantes and Don Quixote and his trusted squire will be played by Peter Polycarpou, the international opera star and soprano, Danielle de Niese will play Aldonza/Dulcinea for 33 performances. Sharing the role of Aldonza and Dulcinea will be West End star Cassidy Janson Danielle will play the roles in 33 performances and Cassidy in 17. Joining them as the Innkeeper/Governor is BAFTA award-winning actor Nicholas Lyndhurst.
Man of La Mancha is being conceived for today by Lonny Price, who also directed Linnit and Grade’s acclaimed London productions of Carousel, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Sunset Boulevard, as well as the hugely-successful subsequent Broadway transfer of Sunset Boulevard.
Featuring the iconic song ‘Dream the Impossible Dream’, Man of La Mancha is inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’s masterpiece Don Quixote. It is produced by Michael Linnit and Michael Grade, the same team who brought to the Coliseum the smash hit productions of Sweeney Todd, Sunset Boulevard, Carousel and Chess.
Kelsey Grammer has excelled at the highest level in theatre, television and film as an actor, producer and director. An initial role as Dr Frasier Crane on "Cheers" developed into the cornerstone of the Juilliard-trained actor’s career. Grammer played the celebrated character in three different television series (“Cheers,” "Wings" and "Frasier") over a span of 20 years, tying the record for longest-running television character.
On stage, Grammer was most recently seen at the Hollywood Bowl in “Beauty and the Beast” voicing Lumière alongside an all-star cast in a two night limited run of a live performance of Alan Menken’s music that accompanied a screening of the classic, animated Disney film. He also joined the 2018 season of the L.A. Opera in a limited run of Leonard Bernstein’s operetta “Candide,” which ran January–February 2018, playing the dual role of Pangloss and Voltaire. He made his London stage debut in a revised version of the Broadway musical “Big Fish” November—December 2017.
In 2010 Grammer earned a Tony nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical, for his starring role in “La Cage aux Folles” on Broadway. In 2015 Grammer returned to the Broadway stage to star in “Finding Neverland.” He reprised the role again in 2016.
Grammer can currently be seen in the Netflix original film “Like Father.” His next film is “Grand Isle,” which he is filming now.
Recent films include Arclight Films’ live action “Guardians of the Tomb,” Universal Pictures’ “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,” Sony Picture Entertainment’s “Baby, Baby, Baby” and made a cameo appearance in Warner Home Video’s “Entourage” movie. In 2014, Grammer appeared in five films: Paramount’s fourth installment of the “Transformers” film series, “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” Twentieth Century Fox’ “X-Men: Days of Future Past” Lionsgate’s “The Expendables 3,” Screen Gems’ “Think Like a Man Too” and Millennium Entertainment’s “Reach Me.” In spring 2014, he was also heard lending his voice to the iconic Tin Man in “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return,” which was nominated for Best Feature at the 2013 Annecy International Animated Film Festival, prior to its 2014 release.
Recent television credits include the Amazon series “The Last Tycoon,” currently available for streaming, The National Geographic Channel’s historical drama miniseries “Killing Jesus,” FX Network’s comedic series “Partners” and Starz drama “Boss,” in which he starred and was executive producer, for which he was honored with his most recent Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Mayor Tom Kane.
Nicholas Lyndhurst, best known for his TV work which includes the classic series Only Fools and Horses as well as Goodnight Sweetheart and New Tricks will play the Innkeeper and Governor. His previous stage credits include the Grade/Linnit production of Carousel at The Coliseum and Trevor Nunn’s The Tempest at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
Opera Soprano Danielle de Niese, who was described by the New York Times magazine as ‘opera’s coolest soprano’ has performed to audiences world-wide, from the Metropolitan Opera to Covent Garden as well as performing on stage with LL Cool J.
Cassidy Janson played the lead role in the recent production of Chess at the London Coliseum and the lead in the West End production of Beautiful: The Carole King Story. Cassidy is one third of Leading Ladies, a group formed in 2017 with fellow musical stars, Beverly Knight and Amber Riley.
Peter Polycarpou is a leading artist in musical theatre, having appeared in some of this country’s most enduring West End Musicals, in plays, on film and television. His work in musicals includes Les Miserables (on stage and in the film version with Madonna), Fagin in Olivier! and Beadle Bamford in Jonathan Kent’s triple Olivier winning production of Steven Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd at The Adelphi Theatre. On TV he is well known for playing Chris Theodopoulopoudos in five series of the popular BBC1 comedy, Birds of a Feather
Completing the cast of Man of La Mancha are: Eugene McCoy (Dr Carrasco/The Duke), Lucy St Louis (Antonia), Natasha Leaver (Fermina), Debra Michaels (Maria), Julie Jupp (Housekeeper), Minal Patel (Padre), Emanuel Alba (Barber), Rakesh Boury (Muleteer), Stephen John Davies (Muleteer), Paul F Monaghan (Muleteer), Ryan Pidgen (Muleteer), David Seadon-Young (Muleteer/Pedro), Samuel Thomas (Muleteer), Teddy Wills (Muleteer), Femi Akinfolarin (Muleteer), Tim Hodges (Ensemble), Luke Jackson (Ensemble), Dominic Owen (Ensemble), Joseph Poulson (Ensemble), Jocelyn Prah (Ensemble), Anna Woodside (Ensemble), Tash Holway (Swing), Helen Walsh (Swing), Luke McCall (Swing) and Alex Pinder (Swing).
Man of La Mancha will be directed by Lonny Price, who directed Linnit and Grade’s acclaimed London production of Sunset Boulevard at the Coliseum starring Glenn Close, as well as its hugely-successful subsequent Broadway transfer.
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 music in Man of La Mancha is by Mitch Leigh, lyrics by Joe Darion and book by Dale Wasserman.
‘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.
Joining Lonny Price on the creative team is conductor David White, set designer James Noone, lighting designer Rick Fisher, sound designer Mick Potter and casting director David Grindrod CDG.
Man of La Mancha
St Martin’s Lane
London WC2N 4ES
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26 April – 8 June 2019
Press Night: 30 April at 7.00pm
Mon – Sat 7.30pm
Wed & Sat 2.30pm