Man of La Mancha
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Man of La Mancha

3 (10) · Classical & Opera

Inspired by Miguel de Cervante’s ‘Don Quixote’, the classic musical returns after 50 years.


Dream the impossible dream… The award-winning musical Man of La Mancha returns to London, starring Kelsey Grammer and Danielle de Niese.

Featuring the iconic song ‘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.

** Special notice:
The appearance of any artist cannot be guaranteed. The role of Aldonza will be shared between Danielle de Niese and Cassidy Janson:

Cassidy Janson (21, 24, 28, 31 May & 3, 5, 7, 8 June)
Danielle de Niese (26 April - 20 May, 22, 23, 25, 29, 30 May & 1, 4, 6 June)

Wednesday Matinees:
Cassidy Janson (all dates)

Saturday Matinees:
Cassidy Janson (25 May & 1, 8 June)
Danielle de Niese (27 April & 4, 11, 18 May)

Critic reviews

Historical work better left in the past

The Arts Desk

Kelsey Grammer fails to stand out in strange musical revival

Evening Standard

The ensemble are lively and willing. But it's not enough. Man of La Mancha hasn't been performed professionally in the UK since 1968. It can now return to the museum


Plenty of talent on this stage, yet the overall effect is sluggish, confused and sorely lacking a twinkle in its eye

The Times

Kelsey Grammer, Danielle de Niese and a strong score just about save this messy production of a rarely revived musical

The Stage

Kelsey Grammer quixotically cast in starry misfire

The Guardian

Kelsey Grammer stiffly soldiers on through this hopelessly dated ’60s musical

Time Out

A robust but un-quixotic Quixote from Kelsey Grammer

The Telegraph

These are grim times for ENO, which makes you wonder why it is tilting at windmills

Financial Times

If it's possible to enjoy a production at the same time as feeling confused and disappointed, Man of La Mancha is that production.

Broadway World

All the big musical numbers are staged with terrific panache by director Lonny Price and choreographer Rebecca Howell

Musical Theatre Review

Date & time

Show ended
Fri 26 Apr - Sat 8 Jun, 2.30pm & 7.30pm


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