Play directory : Candide

Welcome to the Mandy Actors UK Plays Directory.

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other Mandy Actors UK members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Voltaire
  • Overview
    The satrical novella begins with a young man, Candide, who is living a sheltered life in an Edenic paradise and being indoctrinated with Leibnizian optimism (or simply optimism) by his tutor, Pangloss. The work describes the abrupt cessation of this existence, followed by Candide's slow, painful disillusionment as he witnesses and experiences great hardships in the world. Voltaire concludes with Candide, if not outright rejecting optimism, advocating an enigmatic precept, "we must cultivate our garden", in lieu of the Leibnizian mantra of Pangloss, "all is for the best in the best of all possible worlds".