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Peter Polycarpou joins Man of La Mancha in the West End

The hit musical won five Tony Awards when it first ran on Broadway – see pictures from rehearsals below

Peter Polycarpou in rehearsals for Man of La Mancha
Peter Polycarpou in rehearsals for Man of La Mancha
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Further casting has been announced for the upcoming revival of Tony Award-winning musical Man of La Mancha at London's Coliseum.

Peter Polycarpou is to play Don Quixote's squire, Sancho Panza in the show, joining the already announced Kelsey Grammer who leads the cast as Miguel de Cervantes and Don Quixote. Danielle de Niese and Cassidy Janson sharing the roles of Aldonza and Dulcinea and Nicholas Lyndhurst as the Innkeeper and the Captain.

You can see the musical in rehearsals here:

Polycarpou's previous work includes Les Miserables, Oliver!, Sweeney Todd and TV series Birds of a Feather.

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.

Completing the cast are Eugene McCoy (Dr Carrasco/The Duke), Lucy St Louis (Antonia), Natasha Leaver (Fermina), Debra Michaels (Maria), Julie Jupp (Housekeeper), Minal Patel (Padre), Emanuel Alba (Barber), Rakesh Boury (Muleteer), Stephen John Davies (Muleteer) and Paul F Monaghan (Muleteer).

The show will also star Ryan Pidgen (Muleteer), David Seadon-Young (Muleteer/Pedro), Samuel Thomas (Muleteer), Teddy Wills (Muleteer), Femi Akinfolarin (Muleteer), Tim Hodges (Ensemble), Luke Jackson (Ensemble), Dominic Owen (Ensemble), Joseph Poulson (Ensemble), Jocelyn Prah (Ensemble), Anna Woodside (Ensemble), Tash Holway (Swing), Helen Walsh (Swing), Luke McCall (Swing) and Alex Pinder (Swing).

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 choreography by Rebecca Howell, 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.