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)
Cassidy Janson (all dates)
Cassidy Janson (25 May & 1, 8 June)
Danielle de Niese (27 April & 4, 11, 18 May)
Historical work better left in the past
Kelsey Grammer fails to stand out in strange musical revival
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
Kelsey Grammer, Danielle de Niese and a strong score just about save this messy production of a rarely revived musical
Kelsey Grammer quixotically cast in starry misfire
Kelsey Grammer stiffly soldiers on through this hopelessly dated ’60s musical
A robust but un-quixotic Quixote from Kelsey Grammer
These are grim times for ENO, which makes you wonder why it is tilting at windmills
If it's possible to enjoy a production at the same time as feeling confused and disappointed, Man of La Mancha is that production.
All the big musical numbers are staged with terrific panache by director Lonny Price and choreographer Rebecca Howell