Candide at London's Menier Chocolate Factory to Feature Fra Fee, Scarlett Strallen, David Thaxton, Ben Lewis and Cassidy Janson

By Mark Shenton
11 Sep 2013

Fra Fee
Fra Fee

Candide, the previously announced Christmas musical at London's Menier Chocolate Factory, which will begin performances Nov. 22 prior to an official opening Dec. 2 for a run through Feb. 22, 2014, will star Fra Fee, Scarlett Strallen, David Thaxton, Cassidy Janson and Ben Lewis.

Fra Fee, who will play Candide, played Courfeyrac in the film version of "Les Miserables" and also appeared in the stage production as Marius at the Queen's Theatre. Other recent credits include A Man of No Importance at Salisbury Playhouse and Young Buddy in Follies (Oṕera de Toulon, France).


Scarlett Strallen, who will play Cunegonde, has just completed a run as Cassie in A Chorus Line at the London Palladium. Other recent credits include Singin' in the Rain (Chichester Festival Theatre that transferred to the Palace, for which she was Olivier nominated), Passion at the Donmar Warehouse and the title role in Mary Poppins in the West End, on Broadway and in Australia.

David Thaxton, who will play Maximilian, won the 2011 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Giorgio in Passion (Donmar). Other theatre credits include playing Raoul in Love Never Dies (Adelphi).




Cassidy Janson, who will play Paquette, has appeared in the West End in Lend Me A Tenor – The Musical (Gielgud), Avenue Q (Gielgud), Elphaba in Wicked (Apollo Victoria) and Tick Tick Boom (Menier Chocolate Factory).

Ben Lewis, who will play the Govenor and Vanderdendur, appeared as the Phantom in the Australian production of Love Never Dies.  Other credits include A Little Night Music (Opera Australia) and the Australian productions of Spamalot and Priscilla -- Queen of the Desert.

The cast also includes Carly Anderson, Jeremy Batt, Christopher Jacobsen, Frankie Jenna, Rachel Spurrell, Helen Walsh and Matt Wilman. 

Further casting will be announced shortly.

The production is directed by Matthew White, with choreography by Adam Cooper, musical supervision by David Charles Abell, set and costume design by Paul Farnsworth, lighting by Paul Anderson, sound by Gareth Owen, musical direction by Seann Alderking and orchestrations by Jason Carr.



To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7378 1713 or visit www.menierchocolatefactory.com for more details.