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Nicholas Lyndhurst and Cassidy Janson join Man of La Mancha revival with Kelsey Grammer

The show opens in April

Cassidy Janson and Nicholas Lyndhurst
© Left: Dan Wooller for WhatsOnStage, right: Man of La Mancha

Only Fools and Horses actor and BAFTA winner Nicholas Lyndhurst and West End star Cassidy Janson will join the new revival of Man of La Mancha at the Coliseum in the West End.

Janson, who last appeared in Chess at the same venue in 2018, will share the role of Aldonza and Dulcinea with opera singer Danielle de Niese. De Niese will play the roles in 33 performances and Janson in 17.

Lyndhurst will play the Innkeeper and the Captain. Apart from Only Fools and Horses, his previous credits include Carousel at the Coliseum, and he also appeared in Trevor Nunn's The Tempest at Theatre Royal Haymarket.

The pair join de Niese and Emmy Award-winning actor Kelsey Grammer, who leads the cast as Miguel de Cervantes and Don Quixote. The 1965 musical is inspired by Miguel de Cervantes' 17th-century novel Don Quixote, and has a book by Dale Wasserman with lyrics by Joe Darion and music by Mitch Leigh. It features the iconic song "The Impossible Dream".

After premiering in Connecticut in 1965, the show went on to win five Tony Awards when it ran on Broadway. It had its UK premiere in 1968, starring Keith Michell, with the Coliseum run being the first major revival since then.

The semi-staged production will be produced by Michael Linnit and Michael Grade, with direction by Lonny Price (Sunset Boulevard). The show will be conducted by David White, with set design by James Noone, lighting design by Rick Fisher, sound design by Mick Potter and casting by David Grindrod. It will be performed with ENO's 35 piece orchestra.

The show will run for six weeks from 26 April 2019.

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