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L'homme de la Mancha


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An ode to Brel and to Brussels, to imagination, to poetry and to the impossible dreams that our times so yearn for.

4 October 1968. At La Monnaie in Brussels, the American musical Man of La Mancha – with book by Dale Wasserman, music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion – premieres, translated to French by none other than Jacques Brel, with Brel himself in the lead role.

Ten years later, on 9 October 1978, the world-famous Brussels chansonnier dies. Only once throughout his impressive career did Jacques Brel adopt another artist's work - for L’Homme de La Mancha because he loves the musical so much, and strongly identifies with Cervantes’ legendary hero Don Quixote.

Half a century later KVS, La Monnaie and Théâtre de Liège unite to reinterpret Cervantes’ and Brel’s masterpiece for the city of tomorrow and today. Michael De Cock and Junior Mthombeni direct a strong cast, including lauded Brel-performer Filip Jordens, soprano Ana Naqe and actor François Beukelaers. 

An ode to Brel and to Brussels, to imagination, to poetry and to the impossible dreams that our times so yearn for. 'Despite its explosive staging all the way through, this performance anything but bombs. It’s unexpected, poetic, and has a masterful finish.' We cannot say it better than the radio programme Entrez sans frapper (RTBF).



  • Dale Wasserman

French translation and interpretation

  • Jacques Brel

music director

  • Bassem Akiki


  • Mitch Leigh


  • Joe Darion


  • Michael De Cock
  • Junior Mthombeni


  • Gerardo Salinas


  • Eugenio Szwarcer


  • Hernán Pablo Curioni
  • Lien de Trogh
  • Eugenio Szwarcer

light design

  • Gérard Maraite


  • Sabina Kumeling


  • Junior Akwety
  • Nadine Baboy
  • François Beukelaers
  • Gwendoline Blondeel
  • Pierre Derhet
  • Bertrand Duby
  • Raphaëlle Green
  • Christophe Herrada
  • Chaib Idrissi
  • Filip Jordens
  • Edu Lombardo
  • Ana Naque
  • Enrique Like Noviello
  • Kamermuziekensemble Van De Munt


  • KVS


  • De Munt / La Monnaie
  • Théâtre de Liège
  • DC&J Création
  • Teatro Español (Madrid)
  • Instituto Cervantes
  • Instituto Nacional De Artes Escénicas Del Uruguay
  • Dirección De Cultura De La Intendencia De Montevideo
  • Cultural Services of the Embassy of Spain in Belgium

with the support of

  • De Belgische Tax Shelter

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Er zijn geen aankomende activiteiten voor dit event.

  1. Saturday 14 December 2019 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  2. Sunday 15 December 2019 — 15h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen

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