Candide - Think Positive archiveCandide is an optimist. He believes that everything is for the best in the best of all possible worlds. But that belief is about to be tested as Candide's comfortable life is overtaken by war, murder, natural disaster and endless misfortune. Beset by a barrage of clouds, Candide struggles to maintain his faith in silver linings. RSC Writer in Residence Mark Ravenhill responds to Voltaire's novel


Ellie Beaven (Abarian Soldier/Emma/Nurse), Ishia Bennison (Countess/Hannah), Susan Engel (Cunegonde), Richard Gouding (Playwright/Screenwriter), Kevin Harvey (Jacques/Bulgarian/Soldier/Voltaire), John Hopkins (Bulgarian Officer/Tim), Harry McEntire (Prologue/Abarian Soldier/Ben/Tetuan), Matthew Needham (Candide), Ciaran Owens (Bugarian Sergeant/Sailor/Adam), Ian Redford (Pangloss/Beggar/Abarian Soldier/Ted), Rose Reynolds (Young Cunegonde/Rosa/Abarian Soldier/The Gir/Padres), Steffan Rhodri (Baron/Abarian/Soldier/Mike/Cacombo), Sarah Ridgeway (Bulgarian Soldier/Sophie/Tucamon), Katy Stephens (Baroness/Bulgarian Soldier/Sarah), Badria Timimi (The Woman/Bugarian Soldier/Eva/Martina), Dwane Walcott (the actor)/Oreillon)


Author: Mark Ravenhill
Company: Royal Shakespeare Company
Director(s): Lyndsey Turner, Scott Ambler (movement), Bret Yount (fights)
Design: Soutra Gilmour
Lighting: Tim Lutkin
Music: Michael Bruce
Sound: Christopher Shutt
Other: Pippa Hil (Literary Manager)
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Candide - Think Positive

Candide - Think Positive (Play) production archive for QTIX code T01235047048. Details of all Candide - Think Positive archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S192556211

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