The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha

An award winning hilarious take on Cervantes’ timeless novel.

‘Cunningly constructed and wonderfully inventive. A show that embodies not just Cervantes’ novel but the spirit of the fringe itself.’ Lyn Gardner, THE GUARDIAN

‘Technically brilliant and jaw-droppingly entertaining.’ THE STAGE

Little Soldier’s award winning and critically acclaimed take on Cervantes’ timeless novel is back in London for the last time. Joined on stage by Told By An Idiot associate artist Stephen Harper, and with help from Spymonkey’s Aitor Basauri, the company attempt to re-enact one of the most accomplished works of fiction ever written.

Two feisty senoritas and a downtrodden Englishman embark on a journey through Spain. Accompanied only by a guitarist whose presence there makes no sense whatsoever, they will lead you to joy, pain and ultimate wisdom. This is sixty glorious minutes which conclude with the common sentiment: “These guys did not read the book”. Little Soldier presents an imaginative and provocative adventure of epic proportions, to be taken with a pinch of salt and a handlebar moustache.

‘jaw-droppingly entertaining’ ★★★★★ (THE STAGE), ‘An absolutely riveting and hilarious physical theatre show. A must see’ ★★★★★ (BROADWAYBABY), ‘hilariously dirty adaptation ★★★★ (TIME OUT), ‘An unpretentious, inventive and smartly silly delight’ ★★★★ (EXEUNT), ‘Hilarious and undeniably charming’ ★★★★ (A YOUNGER THEATRE), ‘from charmingly traditional to brilliantly innovative’ ★★★★ (THE SKINNY).

The Stage Award for Acting Excellence 2014 Edinburgh Festival.
Picked as one of the best shows of 2014 (The Stage).

1hr 15m
The Vaults
24 — 28 Jan 20:15
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About the company

Little Soldier Productions

‘These clowns know exactly what they are doing’ Lyn Gardner THE GUARDIAN
‘Straight-up funniest, most charming theatre company I’ve come across in an age’
Andrew Haydon, Views from the Gods

Little Soldier Productions was founded by award-winning performers Patricia Rodríguez and Mercè Ribot. They are clowning, devising and physical theatre specialists, who have toured extensively nationally and abroad (US, Mexico, Spain and Poland), developing a strong reputation for devising and improvisation techniques. Little Soldier are mentored by Aitor Basauri (Spymonkey) and have been supported by leading arts venues such as Jacksons Lane, Battersea Arts Centre, Greenwich Theatre, and HOME.

The company currently have three productions on the road with retro sci-fi coming of age adventure Journey to the Impossible, touring across the South West, and chaotic punk-rock DIY protest show Derailed opening at Ovalhouse, London on the 21st February.

Artistic Team
Dramaturgy by
Tiffany Wood
Directed by
Ian Nicholson
Produced in Association with
Jacksons Lane
Live Music by
Maria Camahort
Set Designer
Sophia Simensky
R&D Collaborators
Aitor Basauri, Simon Day & Dennis Herdman
Studio Shots
Alex Brenner, Mark Dawson
Production Shots
Gustaf Nilsson
Caitlin Quinn Stroud

Press & Reviews

The Stage

★★★★★ Technically brilliant and jaw-droppingly entertaining

Broadway Baby

★★★★★ The three players put the audience in fits of laughter

Edinburgh Spotlight

★★★★★ A perfect blend of chaos and control

Time Out

★★★★ Hilariously dirty adaptation.


★★★★ An unpretentious, inventive and smartly silly delight

A Younger Theatre

★★★★ Hilarious and undeniably charming

The Skinny

★★★★ Their display of physical comedy ranges from charmingly traditional to brilliantly innovative