Candide

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All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds… 

In the fairy-tale town of Thunder-ten-Tronckh, Candide is taught that all is for the best. However, after being cast out into the harsh realities of the world, our hero is exposed to a comic array of injustice and misfortune, calling into question his optimistic philosophy.

Based on the famous work by Voltaire, this Grammy award-winning musical from Leonard Bernstein, with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, brings the satire to life. 

Inspired by Monty Python, this playful production journeys across the globe with Candide, enjoying the absurd contrasts between the bright musical style and farcically tragic chain of events.

Duration: 2 hours 50 minutes with interval

Please note that this production includes:
- depiction of violence 
- mention of sexual violence 
- satirisation of religion (along with most aspects of existence)
- cultural stereotypes 
- sex and death

Technical notice:
- use of fog and haze
- occasional strobe lighting
- loud noises

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Presented by University of Oxford Student Company: Barricade Arts

Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Age guideline: 12+

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

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