Cadogan Hall, London at 7.30pm on 21st July 2017


James Dreyfus (Notting Hill, The Thin Blue Line, Gimme Gimme Gimme) has been announced to return as central character Pangloss in Candide In Concert at Cadogan Hall, 7.30pm on 21st July.

He will star alongside previously announced Rob Houchen (Les Miserables, Spring Awakening) in the titular role of Candide. Other star names also confirmed include Louise Gold (The Mikado, Blood Brothers, Mamma Mia!, Gypsy), Michael Matus (Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown, The Phantom Of The Opera), Stewart Clarke (Easy Virtue, The Moonstone) as Maximillian, Anna O’Byrne (The Phantom of the Opera, The Magic Flute) as Cunegonde and Jessica Duncan (Les Miserables) as Paquette.

James Dreyfus said: “I am very excited to be joining The London Musical Theatre Orchestra for their evening at the Cadogan Hall, especially as it’s to revisit Dr Pangloss in Candide. To be surrounded by such talented young singers and musicians is very comforting! Can’t wait.”

Founder Freddie Tapner said: “For me, it is a dream cast for a dream show. Friday 21st July can’t come quickly enough.”

Featuring a score by legendary composer Leonard Bernstein that includes the legendary songs “Glitter and Be Gay”, “We Are Women”, “Nothing More Than This” and the epic “Make Our Garden Grow”, this performance of Candide in Concert heralds the start of next year’s Bernstein centenary celebrations.

Candide tells the story of Candide, the illegitimate cousin of Baron Thunder-Ten-Tonck. He is expelled from home, dragged into the Bulgarian army, brought before the Spanish Inquisition, swindled out of a fortune, shipwrecked on a desert isle, and separated from his true love Cunegonde. She also bears a barrage of misfortunes including sale into prostitution, forced marriage to an exorbitantly wealthy man and slavery. Through it all, however, they try to hold onto the lessons of their dear master Dr. Pangloss: “Everything is for the best in this best of all possible worlds.”

With a book by Hugh Wheeler and lyrical contributions from the incomparable Stephen Sondheim, Candide is a masterpiece for the ages. Join the 34 piece London Musical Theatre Orchestra under the baton of conductor Freddie Tapner alongside a host of West End stars as they deliver one of the most iconic musical scores of all time. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at

The full team for this concert performance are:

Conductor: Freddie Tapner

Director: Shaun Kerrison

Orchestra Leader: Debs White

Sound Designer: Avgoustos Psillas for Autograph

Lighting Designer: Mike Robertson

Casting Director: Anne Vosser

Orchestra Fixer: Paul Saunders

Chorus Manager: Rebecca Ridout

Production Manager: James Anderton

Executive Producers: Clive Chenery and Joanne Benjamin


The full chorus includes: Will Arundell, Paul Bradshaw, Maeve Byrne, Charlotte Clitherow, Hywel Dowsell, Rhiannon Doyle, David Fearn, Benjamin Froehlich, Alice Gruden, Richard James King, Jerome Knox, Ben Mabberley, Chris McGuigan, Danielle Morris, Sophie Reeves, Jemma Revell, Rebecca Ridout, Jacob Robson, Lydia Shaw, Katie Shearman, Tim Southgate, Kieran Sutcliffe, Veronica Van Muyen, Lizzie Wofford


After a sell-out season in 2016 which included performances of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s State Fair at Cadogan Hall, Alan Menken & Lynn Ahrens’ A Christmas Carol at the Lyceum Theatre and Honeymoon In Vegas at the London Palladium in March 2017, the LMTO recently announced the second half of their season, which also includes Jerry Herman’s Mack and Mabel at Hackney Empire on 23rd September and a reprise of A Christmas Carol at the Lyceum Theatre on 11th and 18th December. Tickets for Mack and Mabel and A Christmas Carol go on sale to priority members in mid-July, and then on general sale shortly after. For priority booking, musical theatre fans can sign up to the LMTO newsletter at




The London Musical Theatre Orchestra is the world’s only specialist professional orchestra dedicated to performing musical theatre repertoire. LMTO performs large scale concerts in major London venues with a full orchestra and world class soloists, while remaining true to its foundations by providing opportunities for developing musicians to perform alongside their established professional colleagues.


LMTO was founded by Freddie Tapner in June 2015, almost by accident. A Facebook post triggered an instant reaction from the musical community, with over 250 replies from musicians in the space of 24 hours. A few weeks later, on Sunday 13th July 2015 the London Musical Theatre Orchestra met for the first time, in the privacy of St Silas Church, Islington. After a full day’s rehearsal, the orchestra ‘played through’ a major musical score just for fun, and just for themselves. That event would become known as the first “Play-Through”.

The Play-Throughs continued to be a hit. Once a month players and singers from all over the UK gathered in London to rehearse a musical for experience and for the love of it. LMTO took up the position of Orchestra-in-Residence at Bishopsgate Institute in January 2016, where the Play-Throughs remain to this day.

In June 2016, one year and twelve Play-Throughs after its founding, LMTO launched its first public season.
















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Listings Information:

Dates:                    21st July 2017

Show:                    London Musical Theatre Orchestra: CANDIDE IN CONCERT

Venue:                   Cadogan Hall

Address:               5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ

Time:                     7.30pm

Price:                    Stalls: £55 (premium), £20 – £40 (standard), £18 – £38 (child or student).

Gallery: £40 – £20 (standard), £38 – £18 (senior citizen / child / student).

£3.00 will apply to all orders with maximum of 10 tickets per order.

Box office:  / 020 7730 4500


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