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Candide (Ravenhill)

Full-Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  13f, 23m

Candide believes that everything is for the best in the best of all possible worlds. But that belief is about to be tested as his comfortable life is overtaken by an endless barrage of misfortune. How will his optimism fare when it collides with life in the 21st century? 
  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    13f, 23m
  • Duration
    Duration
    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Adaptations (Literature), Experimental
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult
Licence details
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Summary

Candide is an optimist. A dreamer. 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 an endless barrage of misfortune. As his world collapses around him, the story travels across the centuries to new locations and parallel universes. How will Candide’s optimism fare when it collides with life in the 21st century?

The play is structured around two parallel narratives: one tells the story of Candide’s attempts to reunite with his love Cunegonde; the other follows a woman who experiences a hugely traumatic event as she attempts to find a way back to happiness.
History
Candide premiered in Stratford-upon-Avon with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the summer of 2013, under the direction of Lyndsey Turner. 
Cast Attributes
  • Ensemble cast
  • Cross gender casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras
Keywords
Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

COUNTESS
PLAYWRIGHT
CANDIDE
PROLOGUE
CANDIDE
PANGLOSS
CUNEGONDE
BARON
BARONESS
BULGARIAN RECRUITING OFFICER
BULGARIAN RECRUITING SERGEANT
ABARIAN SOLDIER
JACQUES
SAILOR
WOMAN
ROSA
SOPHIE
SARAH
TED
BEN
ADAM
MIKE
EMMA
EVA
VOLTAIRE
TIM
SCREENWRITER
HANNAH
CACOMBO
MARTINA
TETUAN
PADRES
TUCAMEN
OREILLON
NURSE
PANGLOSS
CUNEGONDE
SOLDIERS, INHABITANTS OF EL DORADO, WEALTHY VISITORS TO THE PANGLOSS INSTITUTE, ETC.

  • Time Period Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century, 18th Century
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes
  • Additional Features No intermission
  • Duration 105 Minutes
  • Cautions
    • Gun Shots
    • Intense Adult Themes
    • Strong Language

Media

"An extraordinary piece, one that bulges with bright ideas." - The Guardian

An "ingenious and enjoyable take on Voltaire." - The Spectator

"There is also genuine wit and ingenuity on display here and a good deal of ribald humour in the spirit of the original." - The Telegraph

Videos

  • Scene 2 - Royal Shakespeare Company Production

  • Royal Shakespeare Company Trailer

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Authors

Mark Ravenhill

Mark Ravenhill was born in Haywards Heath, West Sussex in 1966. He studied Drama and English at Bristol University. His first play Shopping and Fucking was produced by Out of Joint and the Royal Court Theatre in 1996. Subsequent plays include Faust Is Dead and Handbag (both ...
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