A Christmas treat at the Menier Chocolate Factory with Leonard Bernstein’s joyous musical Candide starring Jackie Clune, James Dreyfus, Scarlett Strallen and David Thaxton.
Running from 22 November 2013 to 22 February 2014, Candide is directed by Matthew White and features a great cast including Fra Fee as Candide, Scarlett Strallen as Cunegonde, Jackie Clune as The Old Lady, James Dreyfus as Dr Pangloss, David Thaxton as Maximilian, Cassidy Janson as Paquette and Ben Lewis as the Governor and Vanderdendur.
Candide features a score by Leonard Bernstein, a book by Hugh Wheeler based on Voltaire’s original and lyrics by Richard Wilbur. Additional lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim, John Latouche, Lillian Hellman and Dorothy Parker.
In the show, a young man called Candide is an eternal optimist and dreamer. He believes that everything is for the best in the best of all possible worlds, but that belief is tested to its core as his comfortable life is overtaken by an endless barrage of misfortune.
Additional cast include Christopher Jacobsen, Rachel Spurrell, Carly Anderson, Jeremy Batt, Frankie Jenna, Christopher Jacobsen, Helen Walsh and Matt Wilman.
Jackie Clune’s theatre credits include Violet in the national tour of 9 to 5, the international tour of Mamma Mia, Mrs Wilkinson in Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace Theatre) and Mogadishu (Lyric Hammersmith).
James Dreyfus was last at the Chocolate Factory in The Common Pursuit. Theatre credits include the Emcee in Cabaret (Lyric Theatre), Carmen Ghia in The Producers (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Theatre Royal, Haymarket), Lady In The Dark (National Theatre) for which he won an Olivier Award. TV and film includes Gimme, Gimme, Gimme; The Thin Blue Line and Notting Hill.
Scarlett Strallen’s theatre credits include Cassie in A Chorus Line (London Palladium), Singin’ in the Rain (Chichester Festival Theatre, Palace Theatre) for which she was Olivier nominated, Passion (Donmar Warehouse), Mary in Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre, Broadway) and Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium).
David Thaxton’s theatre credits include Giorgio in Passion (Donmar Warehouse), for which he won the 2011 Best Actor in a Musical Olivier Award, Raoul in Love Never Dies (Adelphi Theatre) and Les Miserables (Queen’s Theatre).
Theatre: Menier Chocolate Factory
Venue InformationMenier Chocolate Factory, 53 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU
Nearest Tube or Train: London Bridge (Northern line, Jubilee line)
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