29 Apr - 7 May

The National Theatre Version


29 Apr - 7 May

Music by Leonard Bernstein
Book adapted from Voltaire by Hugh Wheeler
New Lyrics by John Caird
Lyrics by Richard Wilbur
Additional lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, John La Touche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker, Leonard Bernstein

Director Rupert Hands
Musical Director Leo Munby
Choreographer Sarah Golding
Set and Costume Designer Rhyannon Richardson
Lighting Designer Peter Harrison
Sound Designer Daniel Higgott

‘This is a story rich and rare of philosophic interplay twixt optimism and despair…’ Our eponymous hero Candide survives numerous disasters but never gives up on his optimistic pursuit of love and truth, and his journey of discovery is anything but dull. Through anguish, despair, euphoria and joy Leonard Bernstein’s exquisite musical proves that ‘life is happiness indeed’.

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe). All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI Europe.

Booking Info


Closed performances for academic assessment:
Thu 29 Apr - Fri 7 May


Mountview Theatre, Mountview

Industry Bookings

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