13th April 1999

Olivier Theatre, NT

Music by Leonard Bernstein

Book adapted from Voltaire by Hugh Wheeler

New version by John Caird

Lyrics by Richard Wilbur

Additional lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, John Latouche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and Leonard Bernstein

This was a National Theatre production that opened at the Olivier Theatre on the 13th April 1999 and played in repertoire for the following year.

This adaptation of Candide is published by Music Theatre International (MTI) in New York. You can access the relevant pages on the MTI website by clicking here.

Creative Team

Director John Caird
Design John Napier
Costume Design John Napier with Elise Napier
Lighting Paul Pyant
Choreographer Peter Darling
Music Director Mark Dorrell
Orchestrations Bruce Coghlin
Fight Director Malcolm Ranson
Sound Paul Groothius
Company Voice & Text Patsy Rodenburg
Staff Director Stephen Wrentmore
Associate Music DirectorSteven Edis
Assistant ChoreographerLynne Page


Voltaire Simon Russell Beale
Candide Daniel Evans
Cunégonde Alex Kelly
Maximilian Simon Day
Paquette Elizabeth Renihan
Pangloss Simon Russell Beale
Baron Denis Quilley
Baroness Myra Sands
Corporal Richard Henders
Captain David Burt
Drill Sergeant Clive Rowe
Minister Chu Omambala
Minister’s Wife Ceri Ann Gregory
James, the Anabaptist David Arneil
Don Issacar Robert Burt
Grand Inquisitor Alexander Hanson
Sailor Michael Wildman
Inquisitors David Burt, Charles Millham
Old Woman Beverley Klein
Cacambo Clive Rowe
The Governor David Burt
Adjutant Michael Wildman
Jungle Girls Claudia Cadette, Elizabeth Renihan
Monkeys Gilz Terera, Richard Henders
King of Eldorado Mark Umbers
Queen of Eldorado Jax Williams
Sheep Charles Millham/Myra Sands
Slave Gilz Terera
Vanderdendur Alexander Hanson
Women of Venice Claudia Cadette, Ceri Ann Gregory, Gabrielle Jourdan, Samantha Lavender, Leigh McDonald, Myra Sands, Jax Williams
Charles Edward David Arneil
Theodore of Corsica Robert Burt
Tzar Ivan Richard Henders
Sultan Achmet Chu Omambala
Stanislaus Charles Millham
Hermann Augustus Mark Umbers