RSC creates 'Optimist's Cocktail'

6 August 2013

Is your glass half full or half empty?  The RSC creates 'Optimist's Cocktail' - inspired by Mark Ravenhill's new play

The Rooftop restaurant and bar in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon has created another cocktail inspired by what is being performed on stage elsewhere in the building.

Alice Cook, the Rooftop Bar Manager, who has previously created the BloodyTamora cocktail to complement the gory narrative of Shakespeare's violent Titus Andronicus currently playing in the Swan Theatre – has come up with the Optimist's Cocktail, ready for the opening of a new play by RSC Writer in Residence Mark Ravenhill, and inspired by Voltaire's iconic story of Candide, whose phrase “Everything for the best in the best of all possible worlds” has become the epitome of 'blue sky thinking'….

The cocktail, created using ingredients including citrus vodka, cranberry juice, grenadine and Blue Curacao, is served in a chemistry lab beaker with markings up the side – when ordered, you will be asked the question of whether you think your glass is half empty - or half full.

Victoria Fleming, RSC Head of Catering said; 'We are becoming known for our creative take on using what is on our stage to inspire what we serve in the Rooftop Bar and restaurant to a certain extent. There has been much talk recently of how optimistic people are feeling at the moment, and Mark's play reflects that so we thought we would bring that debate to our cocktail list and see how it goes down!'

Candide, A new play by Mark Ravenhill, inspired by Voltaire opens at the Swan Theatre on 29 August 2013


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