Stoned sheep and nipple tassles: Candide 2003 Challenging and political as ever, Candide remains a favourite among Birmingham Opera Company audiences and performers. "The show was the most exquisite, challenging and enjoyable artistic experience I have ever had," wrote Councillor Tony Kennedy in 2003. In his five-star review for The Guardian Andrew Clements described the production as "astonishingly imaginative". Or, as someone on Facebook put it more recently "a winning combination of tanks on a beach, stoned sheep and nipple tassels." Director Graham Vick Designer Yannis Thavoris Lighting Designer Robert A Jones Conductor Stuart Stratford "This is the best of all possible worlds" - so Candide is told as he lives in a Baron's remote castle. But after he steps above his station by kissing the Barons daughter Cunegonde he's expelled from this fairytale land. Still Optimistic that the world is a wonderful place, and himself the only problem, he sets out to find perfection. After years of separation Cunegonde and Candide find each other again and tell us that there is no perfect world- "we are neither pure nor wise or good, we'll do the best we know, we'll build our house and chop our wood and make our garden grow." Narrator/ Dr Pangloss/Cacambo/Martin Andrew Slater Candide Mark Wilde Cunegonde Donna Bateman Maximilian Damian Thantrey Paquette Andee-Louise Hypolite Old Woman Nuala Willis Governor/Vanderdendur/Ragotski Andrew Forbes-Lane Captain/Tsar Ivan/Crook D'Arcy Bleiker Charles Edward/Judge Fan-Chang Kong Hermann Augustus/Judge Devon Harrison View related posts Lady Macbeth Appeal As we launch into our 50th production we need your help to raise £10,000 by 9 March! Play your part in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and donate to the Appeal. Your donation will help to create a world-class opera production that inspires thousands from Birmingham and beyond.