Mark Ravenhill's witty and astringent response to Candide

Cunegonde, magnificently played by veteran actress Susan Engel

Ravenhill's Candide is fiendishly clever and full of ideas…enough sharp angles to bring new life to centuries-old satire

Mark Ravenhill has written a cracker of a play…an ingenious and enjoyable take on Voltaire
The Spectator

How good to be alive when theatre in Britain is as good as that…brilliantly staged by Lyndsey Turner…Mark Ravenhill's very clever twist on Voltaire
BBC Radio 4 - Saturday Review

Lyndsey Turner's production positively crackles with inventiveness
Evening Standard

Matthew Needham is effervescent as Candide, Ian Redford captures the stubborn grandeur of the pedantic Dr Pangloss, Katy Stephens brings fierce authority to three different roles, and Richard Goulding delights as a comically ghastly screenwriter.
Evening Standard

Stylish, witty and ingenious. An intriguing and imaginative show
Daily Telegraph

Matthew Needham has the right fresh-faced innocence as Candide, Rose Reynolds is a deliciously alluring Cunegonde while Ian Redford bring a swaggering stage presence to two different versions of Pangloss. Katy Stephens brings a genuine depth of emotion to the piece as the mother of the teenage killer
Daily Telegraph

Mark Ravenhill's take on Voltaire's satire is an extraordinary piece

Fine work from Matthew Needham as the Voltairean Candide, Sarah Ridgeway as a suicidal protester, Katy Stephens as the mother and Susan Engel as Cunegonde


Mark Ravenhill

Swan Theatre
29 August - 26 October 2013

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