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Candide (Ravenhill) - Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

Candide (Ravenhill)

Mark Ravenhill

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Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

23m, 13f

ISBN: 9780573704390

How will Candide's optimism fare when it collides with life in the 21st century? 

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Description

Full Length Play

Dark Comedy

Adaptations (Literature), Experimental

105 Minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century, 18th Century

Settings Of Play - The play takes place in the 18th century, in Europe and then El Dorado. Alternately, in the modern era, at a country hotel and then a film studio. Then, at the intersection between the two.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set, Opportunity for Spectacle

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Gun Shots, Intense Adult Themes, Strong Language

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

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.

"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

Candide premiered in Stratford-upon-Avon with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the summer of 2013, under the direction of Lyndsey Turner. 
Characters

CASTING

23m, 13f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Cross gender casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Flexible casting, Room for Extras

CASTING NOTES

Names of all the characters in the play within the play are indicated in italics.

 The original production featured a cast of seven women and nine men.

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.

Videos
  • Scene 2 - Royal Shakespeare Company Production

  • Royal Shakespeare Company Trailer

Author
Mark Ravenhill

Mark Ravenhill

Mark is an internationally acclaimed playwright whose first full-length play, Shopping and Fucking, opened at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs in 1996. His plays include Mother Clap's Molly House (National Theatre, 2001); Product (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, 2005); The Cut (Donmar Warehouse, London, 2006); Citizenship (National Theatre, 2006); pool (no water) (Lyric Hammersmith, 2006); ... view full profile

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