Man from La Mancha
London Colosseum Until June 8, 2 hours 30 minutes
Kelsey Grammer – the great sitcom star from Frasier – is the nicest actor for interview. I saw him in his first big Broadway Shakespeare, in which he acted as if he wasn't on stage: a friendly, happy, charming man who is not violent.
Unfortunately, he played Macbeth.
Now Grammer is better cast in Dale Wasserman, Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion's sixties musical retelling from Cervantes & # 39; Roman about Don Quixote, the show's hero who does chivalrous acts in a chivalrous age.
Nicholas Lyndhurst acts as an eerie governor and drunken innkeeper. Maybe he drinks because he prefers to be in the current Only fools and horses musical
Grammer sings the show's only hit, The impossible dream, in his powerful baritone and he does it well. When the show opened in 1965, it lasted almost six years. When I saw this revival of London, I couldn't understand why.
The concept of director Lonny Price for the show does not help. It is in a concrete bunker-like prison in a modern fascist state ruled by the Inquisition (they dropped the Spaniards).
The author Cervantes (Kelsey Grammer) plays the novel to protect his Don Quixote manuscript from theft with all his possessions
The author Cervantes (Grammer) to save his manuscript from Don Quixote before the theft, along with all his possessions, plays out the novel and leaves his fate to the jury of prisoners who take on different roles.
Nicholas Lyndhurst acts as an eerie governor and drunken innkeeper. Maybe he drinks because he prefers to be in the current Only fools and horses Musical.
Opera soprano Danielle de Niese plays Aldonza, the village prostitute that Quijote makes to his virgin virgin Dulcinea
Opera soprano Danielle de Niese plays Aldonza, the village prostitute that Quijote makes to his virgin virgin Dulcinea. De Niese is a lively presence, but her brutal rape scene by the villagers turns out to be an incurable drop of bitterness on an evening with a funny mood.
Peter Polycarpou comes out best as a charming Sancho Panza.
As long as karaoke exists The impossible dream will never die. But I'm not so sure about this musical. Grammer fans like me will still worship at the altar. But he looks too insecure to go to the rescue here.
Royal & Derngate, Northampton To Sat, 2 hours 25 minutes
This is the piece that was considered a public health hazard in the 1890s. The Norwegian writer Ibsen deliberately dragged syphilis, incest, and euthanasia into this salon drama, in which the truth comes out.
And boy, when widowed wife Alving's son returns home after inheriting syphilis from his depraved father, whose reputation has loyally protected his mother from scandals.
Penny Downie's ramrod Mrs. Alving is excellent – strict, but with occasional bright flashes. Pastor Manders, who plays her expertly from James Wilby with a greasy grin and bad temper, gives her lectures on her past failure as a mother.
Pierro Niel-Mee is self-loathing as her son Osvald.
For the family, the sins of the past are the inevitable spirits. The sick, futureless Osvald and his revered mother land alone with a supply of morphine.
Lucy Bailey's classic production comes with the sound of incessant rain and a lively new English version by Mike Poulton.
A crashing evening.
Captain Corelli's mandolin
Rose Theater, Kingston Until Saturday, tour until June 29, 2 hours 50 minutes
The book that spawned a thousand holidays for Kefalonia comes on the scene 25 years after it became a sensation in publishing.
Louis de Bernières & # 39; novel about a romance between an Italian soldier and a Greek woman during World War II is in safe hands with Adapter Rona Munro and director Melly Still, who knows how to stage large, beautiful bestselling productions (see also) The lovely bones and My brilliant friend).
This is an extremely entertaining evening, reminding the audience of why de Bernières' comprehensive historical fiction was so popular, while finding new theatrical means to tell the story.
The romance between the dashing yet sensitive Captain Corelli (Alex Mugnaioni) and the spirited, intelligent Pelagia is irresistible
There are bizarre options, such as a pine marten and a big-eyed goat, which – very charming – are played by actors. But Still also fills the stage with epic, impressive images and movements, whether it's a change of seasons or the horrors of war.
The romance between dashing yet sensitive Captain Corelli (Alex Mugnaioni) and the spirited, intelligent Pelagia, which Madison Clare portrays with real freshness, is irresistible – although he only arrives halfway through the show. The relationship sometimes feels oddly rushed.
There are bizarre options, such as a marten and a big-eyed goat (Luisa Guerreiro), which – very charmingly – are played by actors
Two crumpled copper plates protrude above Mayou Trikerioti's sparse set, and with Malcolm Rippeth's beautiful lighting, you can almost feel the Mediterranean sun on your face.
This is my family
Minerva Theater, Chichester Until June 15, 2 hours 20 minutes
Tim Firth's musical about a family going on a terrible camping holiday is staged warmly and blurry by Daniel Evans and shines around the campfire.
Firth (who wrote) Calendar girl) has a pleasantly light touch: This is a sitcom with songs whose humor is broad and assignable. It's pretty predictable, from the midlife male crisis to the overlooked mother, from the moody teenage boy to the grandma who loses her marbles.
Scott Folan steals scenes as an incredibly fearful teenage goth – until Sheila Hancock (pictured with Kirsty MacLaren) steals her back with a bittersweet performance
But when you turn hackneyed grips into nimble songs with weird observation, it feels familiar and fresh.
James Nesbitt touches as an emotionally constipated father, with Clare Burt being beautifully shadowed as his suffering wife. Scott Folan steals scenes as an incredibly fearful teenage goth – until Sheila Hancock steals them back with a bittersweet performance, both malicious and melancholic.
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