Jennings Will Join Chenoweth and Spence for ENO's Candide

News   Jennings Will Join Chenoweth and Spence for ENO's Candide Alex Jennings, who currently stars in the National Theatre's production of Present Laughter, has been cast in the English National Opera's upcoming production of Candide.

Jennings will play Doctor Pangloss/Voltaire opposite the previously announced Kristin Chenoweth (Cunegonde) and Toby Spence (Candide). Additional casting will be announced shortly.

The ENO production of Leonard Bernstein's Candide is scheduled to play 13 performances at the London Coliseum beginning June 23. Robert Carsen will direct with choreography by Tony winner Rob Ashford. Rumon Gamba will conduct the orchestra.

The creative team will also feature set designer Michael Levine, costume designer Buki Shiff and lighting designers Robert Carsen and Peter Van Praet.

Based on Voltaire's novel, Candide premiered on Broadway in 1956 at the Martin Beck Theatre. Although it boasted music by Leonard Bernstein, a book by Lillian Hellman and additional lyrics by John Latouche, Dorothy Parker and Richard Wilbur, the musical ran a brief 73 performances; Barbara Cook starred as Cunegonde. The 1997 revival at the Gershwin Theatre featured a cast led by Jim Dale, Andrea Martin, Jason Danieley and Harolyn Blackwell.

Alex Jennings, who played Prince Charles in the film "The Queen," has been seen at the National Theatre in The Alchemist, Stuff Happens, His Girl Friday, The Relapse, The Winter's Tale and Speer. With the Royal Shakespeare Company, he starred in Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night's Dream (also on Broadway) and Peer Gynt. Jennings' West End credits include Too Clever By Half, The Importance of Being Earnest and My Fair Lady. Tickets are now available by calling 44 (0) 871 911 0200 or by visiting www.eno.org.

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