Cast announced for Bernard Shaw's comedy CANDIDA

21 October 2019

Martin Hutson, Claire Lams, Sarah Middleton, Kwaku Mills, Joseph Potter and Michael Simkins will appear in Artistic Director Paul Miller’s rare revival of Bernard Shaw’s early comedy CANDIDA, previewing from 22 November. It follows Paul's acclaimed productions of Shaw’s Misalliance, The Philanderer and Widowers’ Houses at the OT.  

The production is designed by Simon Daw with lighting by Mark Doubleday, and Sound and Composition by Elizabeth Purnell.

In Candida, Eugene believes in love, free-thinking and liberation: James in social justice for all and conventional married life for himself. Candida believes in her own strength and her right to run her life as she wants. 

A young man with the soul of a poet clashes with a popular Socialist preacher and threatens his domestic happiness. Only Candida can decide who is the stronger – and who’s to be the winner. 

A passionate power struggle is played out in one of Shaw’s most enduring and witty plays. 

Bernard Shaw's plays include Pygmalion, Major Barbara, Mrs Warren’s Profession, Arms and the Man, Saint Joan, and Man and Superman. In 1925 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. 

Martin Hutson’s theatre credits include: The Bay at Nice (Menier Chocolate Factory); Julius Caesar, Titus Andronicus, The Heart of Robin Hood, As You Like It (RSC); R+D, The Rubenstein Kiss (Hampstead Theatre); The Master Builder (The Old Vic); Taken at Midnight, Collaboration, Taking Sides (Chichester/West End); The Voysey Inheritance, The Mandate (National Theatre).  TV includes The Trial of Christine Keeler, Tutankhamun, The Honourable Woman, A Very British Sex Scandal, Foyle’s War and The Passion. 

Claire Lams’ theatre credits include The Lottery of Love (Orange Tree); Rust (HighTide/Bush Theatre); The Phlebotomist, Paradise (Hampstead); Kiss Me (Hampstead/Trafalgar Studios); The King’s Speech (Chichester/Birmingham Rep); Routes, Harvest (Royal Court); One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre/West End/Broadway). TV includes: Call the Midwife, Humans, The Wrong Mans, Silent Witness, Obsessed and Random. 

Sarah Middleton’s theatre credits include: Pomona (Orange Tree, National Theatre and Royal Exchange Theatre); Brighton Rock (Pilot Theatre/The Lowry/UK tour); The Hypocrite (RSC/Hull Truck); Treasure Island (Birmingham Rep); Fings Ain’t What They Used T’Be (Theatre Royal Stratford East). TV includes Love Lies & Records, National Treasure, Toast. Film includes Hunter Killer, The Dark Channel, Criminal.  

Kwaku Mills’ theatre credits includes Dark Sublime (Trafalgar Studios); Good Dog (Tiata Fahodzi); The End of Eddy (Unicorn Theatre/Untitled Project). TV includes Urban Myths: The Trial of Joan Collins. 

Joseph Potter is making his professional stage debut. TV includes Casualty and All at Sea.  

Michael Simkins’ theatre credits include: Taking Steps (Orange Tree); Eden, The Argument, Loyalty (Hampstead); The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich (RSC); Fracked! (Chichester/UK tour); Chicago, Donkeys’ Years, Mary Stuart, The Old Masters, Democracy, Mamma Mia!, Richard III, Company, Burn This (West End); Hay Fever (Theatre Royal Bath/West End/UK and Australian tours); Yes, Prime Minister (Chichester/Trafalgar Studios/UK tour); King Lear, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, A View from the Bridge, A Small Family Business and Tons of Money (National Theatre). TV includes Silent Witness, 1944: Should We Bomb Auschwitz?, Endeavour, Prank Me, Harlots, Grantchester, A Touch of Cloth, Above Suspicion, Lead Balloon, Minder, Lewis, New Tricks, The English Harem, My Dad’s the Prime Minister and Green Wing. Film includes Greed, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!, The Iron Lady, V for Vendetta, Topsy-Turvy, Wilde, Heidi, A Demon in My View. 

CANDIDA previews from 22 November. Tickets from £15 tickets are selling fast. Prices increase with demand, so book today to secure your tickets at the best price.





14 – 29 December 2019 
PRESS PERFORMANCES: Tue 17 December 11am & 2pm 

An Orange Tree Theatre production 

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