CANDIDA

TITLES Original title Candida  

Candida Theatre Poster Affisch
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Photo (detail) by Petra Hellberg, 2014,
Courtesy of Stockholms Stadsteater.

 
       
PLAYING AT Stockholm Stadsteater Tickets & Information (Opening January 17th 2014)    
       
PLOT The play is set in the north-east suburbs of London during the Victorian era. It tells the story of Candida, the wife of the Reverend James Mavor Morell. Morell is a Christian Socialist, very self-confident, convinced of the appreciation of the people surrounding him and that he is in a happy marriage. His wife Candida returns home briefly from a trip to London with the young poet Eugene Marchbanks, who is determined to rescue her from what he presumes to be a dull family life. Marchbanks is in love with Candida and believes she deserves something more than just complacency from her husband. He finds it improper and humiliating for Candida to have to attend to petty household chores. Morell believes Candida needs his care and protection, but the truth is quite the contrary, as she is responsible for much of his success. Both men adore her, but in quite different ways and for different reasons, and she is attracted to them for their very different qualities. They both seem to forget she is her own woman. In the end, Candida must choose between the two gentlemen and prefers the "weaker of the two" who is .......
       
QUOTE "Candida is the power in the play. She doesn't change. It's the men who change. It's the men who realize things about themselves. I'm not saying that she doesn't have moments of disappointment or realization. But the main change really happens to the men and she's the promoter. It's her choice but it's not her discovery." [Lisa Peterson, Director of the production of Candida at McCarter Theatre, 2004].
       
HISTORY Candida was originally written in 1894 by the Irish-born dramatist George Bernard Shaw and was among his earliest plays. It was first published in 1898 and first performed in 1903. The play questions the Victorian notions of love, fidelity and marriage and what a woman really looks for in a husband.
Shaw himself was a committed Fabian Socialist, believing reforms could change an unjust and inefficient society into a fair society with equally distributed wealth. In the play, Morell is a Christian Socialist, based on a combination of Christian beliefs and political activism.
At the time Shaw wrote Candida, the changing roles of women in society were on the agenda. What was their role in relation to their husbands? Should women be allowed to receive higher education? Should they be allowed to vote? Etc.
       
CAST The Reverend James Mavor Morell Peter Andersson  
  Candida Marie Richardson  
  Burgess Ingvar Hirdwall  
  The Reverend Alexander "Lexy" Mill Björn Elgerd  
  Eugene Marchbanks Michael Jonsson  
  Miss Proserpine "Prossy" Garnett Shima Niavarani  
       
PRODUCTION Playwright George Bernard Shaw  
  Translator Marie Parker Shaw  
  Director Thommy Berggren  
  Set Design Anna Asp  
  Make-up and Costumes Lotta Petersson  
  Light Setting Alarik Lilliestierna  
  Sound Michael Breschi, Håkan Åslund  
       
REVIEWS Aftonbladet 20 January, 2014 [Swedish]  
Expressen 18 January, 2014 [Swedish]  
Kulturbloggen 18 January, 2014 [Swedish]  
Svenska Dagbladet 18 January, 2014 [Swedish]  
     
LINKS P4 Stockholm Radio clip [Swedish]  
McCarter Theatre - Candida Guide [English]  
Dramatica [English]  
Wikipedia [English]  
  Project Gutenberg [English]  
  Internet Broadway Database [English]