Candide (Ravenhill)

by  Mark Ravenhill

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

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

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Candide (Ravenhill)

by  Mark Ravenhill

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    23m, 13f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature), Experimental
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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.
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Reviews

"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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Keywords

Betrayal, Death, Love

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century, 18th Century
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: 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.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

Casting

23m, 13f

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.

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Cast 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.

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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 Actors Touring Company), Some Explicit Pola ...

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

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