Man of La Mancha Reviews - London Coliseum

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Venue Information
London Coliseum

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

Seating Plan

Directions

Directions
(3mins) Take Cranbourn Street until St Martin’s Lane, where you head right until you reach the theatre.

Show Information
Booking From: Thursday, 9th May 2019
Booking Until: Saturday, 8th June 2019
Age Restriction: Contains some adult themes which may not be suitable for children under 12.
Important Info: Danielle de Niese will perform on the following dates: 26 Apr 7.30, 27 Apr 2.30 & 7.30, 29 Apr 7.30, 30 Apr 7.30, 1 May 7.30, 2 May 7.30, 3 May 7.30, 4 May 2.30 & 7.30, 6 May 7.30, 7 May 7.30, 8 May 7.30, 9 May 7.30, 10 May 7.30, 11 May 2.30 & 7.30, 13 May 7.30, 14 May 7.30, 15 May 7.30, 16 May 7.30, 17 May 7.30, 18 May 7.30, 20 May 7.30, 22 May 7.30, 23 May 7.30, 25 May 7.30, 29 May 7.30, 30 May 7.30, 1 Jun 7.30, 4 Jun 7.30, 6 Jun 7.30 Cassidy Janson will perform on the following dates: 1 May 2.30, 8 May 2.30, 15 May 2.30, 21 May 7.30, 22 May 2.30, 24 May 7.30, 25 May 2.30, 28 May 7.30, 29 May 2.30, 31 May 7.30, 1 Jun 2.30, 3 Jun 7.30, 5 Jun 2.30 & 7.30, 7 Jun 7.30, 8 Jun 2.30 & 7.30
Show Schedule
Mon: 7.30pm
Tue: 7.30pm
Wed: 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Thu: 7.30pm
Fri: 7.30pm
Sat: 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Review Summary
Average Rating: 5 out of 5 stars based on 4 review(s)

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Latest Review: "The most wonderful show!! Ignore the critics and enjoy this fantastic theatre experience!..."

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    Monday, 13th May 2019 by Maria

The most wonderful show!! Ignore the critics and enjoy this fantastic theatre experience!

    Monday, 13th May 2019 by Jools

We (husband and me) saw this production Saturday 11th May. We're not musical fans but love Kelsey Grammar. I saw him sing one of the songs on The One Show and thought "hmmmm" and then I read the review from a Radio 4 presenter who didn't seem to like it. Oh dear, have we just spent a lot of money on a dud?

WRONG! It was fabulous and we even had a tear in the eye near the end. The cast fully deserved their standing ovation.

    Friday, 10th May 2019 by Rachel

I attended the show on Monday 6th May and wish to second each point made by Helen. This is a splendid production which combines a huge emotional punch with a real comedic touch. The performances from Kelsey Grammer, Danielle de Niesse, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Peter Polycarpou (and indeed all other actors) were superb. The music was spellbinding.

Please don't let the critics – who really missed something significant in their reviews – stop you experiencing this wonderful theatrical experience.

    Sunday, 5th May 2019 by Helen

Please, please, please ignore the critics' reviews of this wonderful show!

As a girl I discovered a recording of the original London cast and have waited nearly forty years for the show to return to the West End with extremely high expectations. I was not disappointed!

Contrary to the critics' views, the themes running through the story and the production are as relevant today as ever. To truly appreciate the show one must really listen to the lyrics and appreciate the vulnerability and complexity of the central characters. Those criticising the inclusion of the (sensitively portrayed) rape scene in favour of political correctness appear to have sadly missed the point - Quixote himself declaring it a crime and the perpetrators 'monsters'. To omit this scene from the story would be akin to missing out Tess of the D'Urbervilles having a baby - a critical part of the plot - and would deprive theatre goers of one of the most gritty and poignant songs (Aldonza) ever written for a female theatrical leading character.

The beautiful melodies throughout the whole show are sung with reverence, vitality and the correct degree of tenderness (when applicable) and the whole score is played magnificently by the orchestra.

Whilst Kelsey Grammer might not have the strongest theatrical singing voice, he certainly does justice to the character of Don Quixote and provides a strong performance. Danielle de Niesse is superb as Aldonza, bringing a vulnerability to the role and Peter Polycarpou and Nicholas Lyndhurst are great in their roles as Sancho and the Governor/Innkeeper with Lyndhurst bringing a new comedic element to the role of the Innkeeper.

On opening night I experienced the full breadth of emotions this production encompasses: I smiled all the way through the first act from the overture to the rendition of 'The Impossible Dream'; I wept through the death scene; and the rousing rendition of the same song at the end of the show gave me goose bumps.

My hand hurt from clapping and the the show thoroughly deserved its standing ovation from the 2000+ audience (this should tell one more than any critic's review). I would return every night through the six week run if I could!

So, ignore the critics and enjoy!

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