Candide

  • Candide Menier Chocolate Factory
The Menier Chocolate Factory has been on fire recently with its string of sell out successes; Merrily We Roll Along transferred to the West End following a five star run and The Colour Purple received rave critical reviews, with tickets snapped up almost instantly! Matthew White’s revival of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide looks set to follow suit with similar success.

Candide is an operetta based on a 18th century Novello by Voltaire and contains the same outlandish plot. Candide, a young man living in a castle in the fictional town of Westphalia, prepares to marry his love, Cunegonde, the daughter of a baroness. Her father, The Baron, is angered at the social paring, with Cundegonde considered to be of higher social standing. Candide is exiled and ends up being forced into service within the Bulgar Army, the very same army that destroys the castle of Westphalia.

Believing that his love is dead, Candide embarks upon a journey as a downtrodden beggar and tackles the perils of poverty, syphilis, natural disasters, angry Archbishops, golden sheep and much more!

Whilst dramatic, Candide is light hearted. The show contains a fantastic score of music, including the popular numbers “Glitter and Be Gay,” “Make Our Garden Grow,” and “The Ballad of Eldorado.”

Les Miserables Film star Fra Fee will take the title role of Candied and West End great, Scarlett Strallen, will play Cundegonde. Other cast members include Cassidy Janson, David Thaxton and Ben Lewis, Rachel Spurrell, Carly Anderson, Frankie Jenna, Jeremy Bat, Matt Wilman and Christopher Jacobsen.

Child Friendly?

Whilst the show is light hearted in some respects, it certainly contains adult themes such as prostitution and syphilis. For this reason it is not suitable for young children. Teens may attend the show if accompanied by an adult.

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