Candide archiveA 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.


Book by: Voltaire
Music: Leonard Bernstein
Adapted by: Hugh Wheeler
Lyrics(s): Richard Wilbur, Stephen Sondheim, John Latouche
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Archive listings for Candide

Work type: Musical.


Company Surrey Opera.
16 Jul 18 to 20 Jul 18Minack Theatre, Penzance :: V872
listing details L1981912349


Company Barricade Arts (University of Oxford Student Company).
8 Nov 17 to 11 Nov 17The Playhouse, Oxford :: V803
listing details L0405600594


Concert PerformanceCompany London Musical Theatre Orchestra. Conductor Freddie Tapner. Director Shaun Kerrison. Other Debs White (orchestra leader). Sound Avgoustos Psillas (for Autograph). Lighting Mike Robertson. Director Anne Vosser (casting director). Performer Rob Houchen (Candide). Performer James Dreyfus (Pangloss). Performer Louise Gold. Performer Michael Matus. Performer Stewart Clarke (Maximillian). Performer Anna O'Byrne (Cunegonde). Performer Jessica Duncan (Paquette). Performer Will Arundell. Performer Paul Bradshaw. Performer Maeve Byrne. Performer Charlotte Clitherow. Performer Hywel Dowsell. Performer Rhiannon Doyle. Performer David Fearn. Performer Benjamin Froehlich. Performer Alice Gruden. Performer Richard James King. Performer Jerome Knox. Performer Ben Mabberley. Performer Chris McGuigan. Performer Danielle Morris. Performer Sophie Reeves. Performer Jemma Revell. Performer Rebecca Ridout. Performer Jacob Robson. Performer Lydia Shaw. Performer Katie Shearman. Performer Tim Southgate. Performer Kieran Sutcliffe. Performer Veronica Van Muyen. Performer Lizzie Wofford.
21 Jul 17Cadogan Hall, Inner London :: V1516962103
listing details L01168280067


Running time: 2hrs 45minsProducer Menieer Chocolate Factory. Director Matthew White. Design Paul Farnsworth. Lighting Paul Anderson. Choreographer Adam Cooper. Costume Paul Farnswoth. Sound Gareth Owen. Music David Charles Abell (musical supervision). Musical Director Seann Alderking. Music Jason Carr (orchestrations). Performer Fra Fee (Candide). Performer Cassidy Janson (Paquette). Performer Ben Lewis (Govenor/Vanderdendur). Performer Scarlett Strallen (Cunegonde). Performer David Thaxton (Maximilian). Performer Carly Anderson. Performer Jeremy Batt. Performer Michael Cahill. Performer Christopher Jacobsen. Performer Frankie Jenna. Performer Rachel Spurrell. Performer Helen Walsh. Performer Matt Wilman. Performer Jackie Clune (Old Lady). Performer James Dreyfus (Dr Pangloss).
22 Nov 13 to 1 Mar 14Menier Theatre, Outer London :: V341546307
listing details L807555110


Concert PerformanceCompany London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Kristjan Jarvi. Performer Andrew Staples (Candide). Performer Kiera Duffy (Cunegonde). Performer Kim Criswell (Old Lady). Performer Jeremy Huw Williams (Pangloss/Martin). Performer David Robinson (Governer/Vanderdendur/Ragotski). Performer Marcus Deloach (Maximilan/Captain). Performer Kristy Swift (Paquette). Performer Jeffrey Tucker (Bear Keeper/Inquisitor/Tzar Ivan). Performer Ross Benoliel (Cosmetic Merchant/Inquisitor/Charles Edward). Performer Jason Switzer (Doctor/King Stanislaus). Performer Michael Scarcelle (Junkman/Inquisitor/Hermann Augustus/Croupier). Performer Peter Tantsits (Alchemist/Inquisitor/Sultan Achmet/Crook).
5 Jun 11Barbican Centre, West End :: V371
listing details L1692563366


British Premiere of a new/extended adaptation. Remaining true to the text, Hancock portrays Voltaire as storyteller and through his naïve, young hero Candide’s 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 'optimist’ 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 100minsProducer Worldzend. Adapted by Prentis Hancock. Director Brian Cummins. Director David Roylance. Performer Prentis Hancock.
7 Apr 09 to 3 May 09Greenwich Playhouse, Outer London :: V1286
listing details L01912225284


Updated with completely new dialogue.Producer English National Opera. Producer Theatre du Chatelet (Paris). Producer Meatro alla Scala (Milan). Conductor Rumon Gambal. Director Robert Carsen. Design Michael Levine. Choreographer Rob Ashford. Costume Buki Shiff. Lighting Robert Carsen. Lighting Peter Van Praet. Performer Toby Spence (Candide). Performer Anna Christry (Cunegonde Jun 23/25/27/28/29). Performer Mamie Breckenridge (Cunegonde Jul 2/4/5 plus Mat at 14:00). Performer Alex Jennings (Voltaire/Doctor Pangloss). Performer Beverley Klein (Woman). Performer Robert Chafin (The Grand Inquisitor). Performer Mairead Buicke (Paquette). Performer Mark Stone (Maxililian). Performer Ferlyn Brass (Cacambo). Performer Simon Butteriss. Performer Adrian Brand. Performer Graeme Lauren. Performer James Glenister. Performer Graeme Danby.
23 Jun 08 to 12 Jul 08London Coliseum, West End :: V376
listing details L0377709644


Company Welsh National Youth Opera.
15 Jul 06 to 17 Jul 06Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff :: V1984858935
listing details L103211751


Producer London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).
8 Feb 06 to 15 Feb 06MacOwan Theatre (LAMDA), Inner London :: V212
listing details L015755638


Concert versionCompany Maida Vale Singers. Director Christopher Dee. Conductor Rumon Gamba. Performer Michael Slattery (Candide). Performer Carla Huhtanen (Cunegonde). Performer Thomas Allen (Sir - Pangloss/Narrator). Performer Kim Criswell (Old Lady). Performer Bonaventura Bottone (Governor/Captain). Company Maida Vale Singers.
11 Feb 05 to 12 Feb 05Southbank Centre, West End :: V423
listing details L1768304331


Producer Nottingham Arts Theatre. Director Robert Wildgust. Director Stephen Williams (music). Design Adam Bartle-Griffiths.
19 Apr 04 to 24 Apr 04Arts Theatre, Nottingham :: V1174
listing details L0426849505


Company Somerset Opera.
23 Mar 04 to 27 Mar 04Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton :: V01603938282
listing details L01277915777


Company The Opera Group. Director John Fulljames. Director Patrick Bailey (music). Performer Simon Butteris (Voltaire). Performer Daniel Hoadley (Candide). Performer Donna Bateman (Cunegonde). Performer Charlotte Page. Performer Giles Davies. Performer Jill Pert. Performer Paul Featherstone. Performer Devon Harrison.
8 Jul 03 to 18 Jul 03Buxton Opera House, Buxton :: V424
listing details L927291837
12 Jun 03Lighthouse (previously known as Poole Arts Centre), Poole :: V910
listing details L0621000521
9 Jun 03 to 10 Jun 03Theatre Royal, Brighton :: V657
listing details L1615889825
7 Jun 03Playhouse, Salisbury :: V923
listing details L1464507131
5 Jun 03Anvil Arts, Basingstoke :: V765
listing details L240955205
2 Jun 03 to 3 Jun 03Churchill Theatre, Bromley :: V302
listing details L01600117505
28 May 03 to 31 May 03Richmond Theatre, Outer London :: V327
listing details L01992018360


Company Oxford Operatic Society. Director Jackie Keirs. Director Michael Evans (music).
25 Nov 02 to 30 Nov 02The Playhouse, Oxford :: V803
listing details L1416238435


Company Cambridge University Gilbert and Sullivan Society.
6 Mar 02 to 9 Mar 02Arts Theatre, Cambridge :: V19
listing details L933731785


Company Leeds Youth Opera. Director Jonathan Clift. Director Michael Williamson (music).
23 Jan 02 to 26 Jan 02Civic Theatre, Leeds :: V974
listing details L1796420910


Company Peterborough Opera.
31 Oct 01 to 3 Nov 01Key Theatre, Peterborough :: V27
listing details L1304686893


Company West Kirby Light Operatic Society.
24 Apr 01 to 28 Apr 01Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton :: V541
listing details L673619682


Winner of 2000 Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production.Director John Caird. Director Trevor Nunn. Design John Napier. Lighting Paul Pyant. Director Mark W Dorrell (music). Choreographer Peter Darling. Director Malcom Ranson (fight). Sound Paul Groothuis. Costume John Napier. Performer David Arneil. Performer David Burt. Performer Robert Burt. Performer Claudia Cadette. Performer Simon Day. Performer Daniel Evans. Performer Ceri Ann Gregory. Performer Alexander Hanson. Performer Richard Henders. Performer Gabrielle Jourdan. Performer Alex Kelly. Performer Beverley Klein. Performer Samantha Lavender. Performer Leigh McDonald. Performer Charles Millham. Performer Chu Omambala. Performer Denis Quilley. Performer Elizabeth Renihan. Performer Clive Rowe. Performer Simon Russell Beale. Performer Myra Sands. Performer Gilz Terera. Performer Mark Umbers. Performer Michael Wildman. Performer Jax Williams.
5 Apr 99 to 25 Jan 00Olivier (National Theatre), West End :: V373
listing details L0156312485

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