Man of La Mancha at London Coliseum tickets
Man of La Mancha at London Coliseum tickets

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About the show

Man of La Mancha is treated to its first revival in more than 50 years in a new production at the London Coliseum. The Tony-Award-scooping musical is inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote and is set at the time of the Spanish Inquisition, featuring the classic song "Dream the Impossible Dream". Multi-award winning actor Kelsey Grammer stars alongside opera star Danielle de Niese, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Cassidy Janson and Peter Polycarpou in this semi-staged concert production. Directed by Lonny Price, the show is presented by Michael Linnit and Michael Grade in collaboration with English National Opera.

This is the tale of Miguel de Cervantes, a failing playwright, poet and tax collector who dares to tax a monastery and is duly thrown in jail by the Spanish Inquisition for his troubles. As he awaits his trial, the poor fellow is dragged before a makeshift court of his fellow prisoners, a grim collection of cutthroats and thieves who plan to confiscate the few possessions he has with him. One of these happens to be his incomplete novel; ‘Don Quixote’ is its title. In order to save his treasured manuscript, Cervantes proposes to defend himself through entertainment, and so ensues the story of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, setting out to right wrongs and banish evil.

Man of La Mancha was written by the American playwright Dale Wasserman. The music was composed by American musical theatre composer and producer Mitch Leigh and the lyrics were written by American musical theatre lyricist Joe Darion.

Kelsey Grammer is probably best known for his role as Dr Frasier Crane in the NBC sitcoms Cheers and spin-off Frasier. He counts several Primetime Emmy Awards and Globe Awards as well as a Tony Award to his name. His theatre credits include Big Fish, Finding Neverland and My Fair Lady.

Nicholas Lyndhurst plays the Innkeeper and the Captain. The BAFTA-winning actor is famous for his starring role in the TV series Only Fools and Horses.

Soprano Danielle de Niese performs alongside Grammer as Aldonza and Dulcinea, marking her West End debut. She has starred in a range of operas including The Merry Widow, Don Pasquale and Bel Canto.

She shares the role with West End star Cassidy Janson. No stranger to the London stage, her last appearance was in the musical Chess in 2018, also at the Coliseum.

Peter Polycarpou performs the role of Don Quixote’s squire, Sancho Panza. Polycarpou's past stage appearances include Les Miserables and Oliver!

Director Lonny Price's recent credits span Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill and Sunset Boulevard.

Chivalry, knighthood, adventure and love: it’s all here. This play within a play is one of the most enduring pieces of musical theatre out there. Find out why that is when Man of La Mancha arrives at London Coliseum from 26 April 2019 for a strictly limited six-week run.

Recommended for

Lovers of Don Quixote, the novel, will be delighted to witness this twist on the tale. Fans of opera singer Danielle de Niese or of actor Kelsey Grammer will be impressed by this inspired powerhouse pairing.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 13+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 30 mins (including interval)
Opened: 26 Apr 2019
Booking from: 08 Jun 2019
Booking until: 08 Jun 2019

Location and map

London Coliseum
St Martin's Lane
London, WC2N 4ES

195 Reviews Add review

While I am familiar with many of the songs and had heard of the show, I was unfamiliar with the plot of both Man of La Mancha and the... More

stephensmith3 31 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I'd read some middling reviews of this and I've discovered that I'm not really that keen on stage musicals, so I wasn't 100% enthusiastic... More

markh25 34 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Having read poor reviews from the critics I was wondering what the show would be like. I needn't have worried. I appreciated the... More

chocoholics2005 4"10, 82 reviews, 0 helpful votes

We managed to catch the penultimate performance and I wept at the story, enjoyed the staging and the performances and wondered, as... More

shirleyjones 5' 2'', 5 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I really enjoyed the show, in particular the musical score. The orchestra were superb as was the quality of the singing. I'm not sure... More

matthewb12 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Really enjoyed this show. Kelsey Grammar was truly excellent along with an enjoyable performance by Nicholas Lyndhurst. The singing... More

Hassellta 155cm, 25 reviews, 2 helpful votes

I really love the music in this show so hearing it played by a full orchestra was amazing. The acting felt a bit OTT at times, but... More

emilydiver 5"0, 292 reviews, 15 helpful votes

I wasn't sure what to expect as the reviews hadn't been the best, BUT this show was exceptional from start to finish, Kelsey Grammer... More

susanclements 5ft 3, 78 reviews, 1 helpful vote

An excellent and thoroughly enjoyable theatrical experience. A marvellous acting performance from Kelsey Grammer despite having a... More

philiph1 1 review, 0 helpful votes