Kelsey adds some Frasier flair to Quixote

Daily Mail - - It's Friday! - GILES SMITH

Man Of La Man­cha (Lon­don Coli­seum) Ver­dict: A de­cent tilt at the old wind­mill

MAN Of La Man­cha is a nest of ta­bles. Orig­i­nally a Tv play, later mu­si­calised, it imag­ines a sce­nario in which Miguel de Cer­vantes is tossed in a dun­geon by the Span­ish In­qui­si­tion and un­der­goes a mock trial.

The writer de­fends him­self by stag­ing a drama­ti­sa­tion of his Don Quixote story, with him­self in the lead­ing role. So think of it as the mu­si­cal of the tele­play of the book within the play within the fic­tional court­room drama.

english Na­tional Opera is stag­ing the piece in the West end for the first time in 50 years. And who is belt­ing it out as Cer­vantes and Don Quixote? Kelsey Gram­mer.

Peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the un­hinged karaoke flavour of his singing might have feared for the Frasier star. Yet he even car­ries off The Im­pos­si­ble Dream. Gram­mer re­laxes on it, stop­ping short of the full Shirley Bassey. Also on board is Ni­cholas Lyn­d­hurst, an­other sit­com refugee. But, as he stalks James Noone’s cav­ern of a set, Lyn­d­hurst’s leather­coated, cosh-wield­ing Gover­nor is a thou­sand miles from Rod­ney Trot­ter.

Danielle de Niese is pow­er­ful within the thank­lessly clichéd con­fines of Al­donza, the har­lot. Peter Poly­car­pou is a com­pan­ion­able San­cho Panza. A longer ver­sion of this re­view ap­peared in ear­lier edi­tions.

Gram­mer: Re­laxed

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