A naive young man believes that 'all is for the best' even when confronted by evil. Originally performed in 1956, additional songs added in 1974. Candide explores a world that is dominated by violence, greed, war, hatred and a series of catastrophic events seemingly unmitigated by goodness, truth, beauty or God. British Premiere of a new/extended adaptation. Remaining true to the text, Hancock portrays Voltaire as storyteller and through his naÃ¯ve, young hero Candideâs adventures and mishaps, pokes fun at religion and theologians, governments and armies, philosophies and philosophers. He spares no-one, not the Church, not clerics, not Jews; neither Jesuits nor Moslems. As he cleverly shreds the 'optimistâ viewpoint of the earlier philosopher, nothing is safe from his forensic gaze in this eye-popping tale, A savage, satirical lampoon at the time of writing, many of these themes remain as valid today as when they were written. Running time 100minsPerformers Prentis Hancock.
Book by Voltaire. Music Leonard Bernstein. Adapted by Hugh Wheeler. Lyrics Richard Wilbur. Lyrics Stephen Sondheim. Lyrics John Latouche. Producer Worldzend. Adapted by Prentis Hancock. Director Brian Cummins. Director David Roylance.