MAN OF LA MANCHA Rehearsal Room Showcase
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Michael Linnit has striven for the return of Man of La Mancha to London's West End. It is 50 years since last it played here and is now the project of Production team Michael Grade and Michael Linnit who brought Sweeny Todd, Carousel, Sunset Boulevard and Chess to London's Coliseum Theatre.

Most remembered for its iconic song 'The Impossible Dream', Man of La Mancha is inspired by Miguel de Cervantes' 'Don Quixote' and features a strong cast which includes Peter Polycarpus, Kelsey Grammer, Danielle de Niese, Nicholas Lyndhurst and Cassidy Janson. Under the direction of Lonny Price, London's Coliseum theatre will be home to this production from 26 April 2019 until 8 June 2019.

Taking a seat in the rehearsal room of the English National Opera's studio in West Hampstead, we received a warm welcome from Michael Linnit followed by an infectiously enthusiastic introduction by Lonny Price. We would be suspending belief in the absence of full costume (note the horses/dancers) and set whilst being treated to six of the numbers which were: 'Man of La Mancha', 'It's All The Same To Me',  'I Really Like Him', 'Knight of the Woeful Countenance' and ending with a cast rendition of 'The Impossible Dream' with harmonies which sent shivers down this reviewer's spine.

Quick synopsis: it is 16th century Spain and we are in the grim dungeons where Cervantes and his servant are awaiting trial from the regime of the Spanish Inquisition. Of course there is an established hierarchy among the established prisoners there who set upon this hapless pair. In order to protect his unfinished manuscript 'Don Quixote' from the violent gathering, Cervantes prepares his defence by acting out the role of Alonso Quijano who, in his delusion believes himself to be a knight errant named Don Quixote de la Mancha who has set off on a fantastical quest with his manservant, Sancho Panza. Inviting the prisoners to take part, Cervantes presents a tale of romantic knighthood, chivalry, adventure and loyalty.

With a musical score by Mitch Leigh, lyrics by Joe Darion and book by Dale Wasserman, The Man of La Mancha will soon hit our London scene in what promises to be an exciting new production and I cannot wait to join Quixote on his magical quest and to share his impossible dream.

Man of La ManchaLondon ColiseumSt Martin’s LaneLondon WC2N 4ES

 Dates26 April – 8 June 2019 

 PerformancesMon – Sat 7.30pm, matinées – Wed & Sat 2.30pm

 TicketsFrom £15   Box Office: 020 7845 9300 @LaManchaLDNInstagram: @LaManchaLDN.