Peter Polycarpou joins Kelsey Grammer and cast of Man of La Mancha
Polycarpou is known for his stage roles in the original casts of Miss Saigon and Les Miserables, and also starred as the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera. Recently, he appeared in the Lincoln Center production of Oslo at the National and Harold Pinter Theatres, and Stephen Schwartz musical Working at Southwark Playhouse.
He will play Sancha Panza in the musical, which also stars Kelsey Grammer, Nicholas Lyndhurst and Danielle de Niese (with Cassidy Janson at selected performances). Man of La Mancha will play the London Coliseum from 26th April.
Completing the cast will be 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), Paul F Monaghan (Muleteer), 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).
Man of La Mancha is based on the Miguel de Cervantes novel Don Quixote, and sees the novelist as a character in the musical performing the story as a play to his fellow prisoners as he waits to be heard by the Spanish Inquisition.
With a book by Dale Wasserman, the score – featuring music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion – contains some classic musical theatre numbers including “The Impossible Dream”.
It premiered on Broadway in 1965, winning the Tony Awards for best musical, best performance by a leading actor in a musical (for Richard Kiley) and best original score the following year.
Despite it receiving four Broadway revivals since, making it one of New York’s most-revived works, it was last seen in London in at the Piccadilly Theatre in 1968.
This new production at the Coliseum, which runs for 6 weeks only, is directed by Lonny Price who has previously directed Carousel, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Sunset Boulevard at the Coliseum.
Man of La Mancha tickets are available now.