Music by Leonard Bernstein, Book adapted from Voltaire by Hugh Wheeler, Lyrics by Richard Wilbur, 23 Nov-3 Dec 2016

The best of all possible worlds

Based on Voltaire's 1759 novella of the same name, Candide is a masterpiece from the greats of musical theatre. The show combines a beautiful score with a fast-paced, witty book in a joyful and hilarious operetta which as been delighting audiences for 60 years.

A naïve young man, Candide, is thrown out of the Baron of Thunder-Den-Tronck's castle when he attempts to marry the Baron's daughter Cunegonde. They embark on a round-the-world journey in which their idealistic belief that all's for the best in this "best of all possible worlds" is challenged by a series of absurd misfortunes.

Among their adventures, Candide, Cunegonde and their friends become tangled up in wars, shipwrecked, cheated out of a fortune, repeatedly separated, forced into prostitution and marriage, and struggle to determine the meaning of life.


Candide - 2016


Candide - Mark Siddall
Cunegonde - Emma Morgan
Pangloss/Voltaire - Stephen Russell
Paquette - Kate Gledhill
Martin - Stephen Beeny
Cacambo - Peter Shimmin
Maximillian - Sam Brassington
Old Woman - Tal Hewitt
Governor - Paul Cozens
Vanderdendur - Chris Starkey

Female Ensemble:
Francesca Canty
Becky Chisholm
Jess Davidson
Victoria Greenway
Georgie Sheppard
Rowena Turner
Jo Webber
Laura Williams
Male Ensemble:
Nick Dore
Paul Francis
Tim Garrad
Stephen Hewitt
Ben Press


Director: Michael Smith
Musical director: Matt Gould
Assistant director: Roger Harwood
Choreographer: Jane Saunders
Producer: Lizzie Drapper

Music by Leonard Bernstein
Book adapted from Voltaire by Hugh Wheeler
Lyrics by Richard Wilbur

New version by John Caird (1999 Royal National Theatre version) With additional lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, John Latouche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and Leonard Bernstein

Bridewell Theatre
Bride Lane Fleet Street
London, EC4Y 8EQ

23 November-3 December 2016,
evenings at 7.30pm Saturday matinees at 2.30pm

No performance on Sunday 27 or Monday 28 November

Tickets: £17 (concessions £14.50) unless otherwise stated, see below for special performances.

A limited number of Premium Tickets are available for £19 (£16.50). Premium Tickets guarantee you a seat in the best rows in the house. Note they are unreserved within the premium block.

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Gala Nights, Saturday 26 November and Thursday 1 December (the 60th anniversary of the Broadway premiere of Candide)
Tickets £21 (concessions £18.50). Ticket includes a free glass of fizz, a show programme and a late bar. Premium tickets are available for £23 (concessions £20.50). 

Concessions: Sedos members, children, senior citizens, students with valid identification, registered disabled and registered unemployed unless otherwise stated, for example Gala Nights.

Ticket Collection
Tickets will be available for you to collect from the Box Office on the night of the performance. They will not be posted out to you. Seats at the Bridewell Theatre are unreserved.

Latecomers will only be admitted at the discretion of Sedos. Any audience members arriving more than 15 minutes late will not be admitted until the interval.

Please note: Tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable.

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An amateur production by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd.

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