Candida Caldicot

Candida Caldicot Portrait


Current and forthcoming credits: THE WIZARD OF OZ (Leeds Playhouse).

Musical Director credits include: THE LEHMAN TRILOGY (National Theatre, New York & West End); KING LEAR (Duke of York’s); CARMEN - THE GYPSY (UK Tour); PETER PAN (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); THE LITTLE MERMAID (Metta Theatre, UK Tour); THE SHADOW FACTORY (Nuffield Southampton); QUEEN ANNE (Theatre Royal Haymarket); WOYZECK (Old Vic); SNOW WHITE and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Lighthouse Theatre); BEYOND THE FENCE (Sky Arts, Arts Theatre); IT'S A MAD WORLD MY MASTERS (English Touring Theatre); HECUBA; THE WITCH OF EDMONTON; THE HERESY OF LOVE; THE HEART OF ROBIN HOOD (RSC); THE TEMPEST (RSC, US Suitcase Tour); LOVE’S LABOURS LOST (Oxford Shakespeare Company); GALILEO (Birmingham Rep); A SOLDIER IN EVERY SON (International Tour); BED AND SOFA (Finborough Theatre); THE VAUDEVILLIANS (Lowry Theatre & Charing Cross Theatre); THE FIRST LADY SUITE (Union Theatre): EVERYTHING MUST GO (Soho Theatre); A CENTURY OF WOMEN (Leicester Square Theatre); JET SET GO (Jermyn Street Theatre); THE BEST LTTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS; OKLAHOMA; CINDERELLA; ANYTHING GOES; INTO THE WOODS; BA SHOWCASE (Trinity Laban); WENDY AND PETER; THE WHITE EVIL; ARDEN OF FAVERSHAM; TITUS ANDRONIUS; RICHARD III; KING JOHN; CITY MADAM; 50 YEARS OF THE RSC MUSICAL (Associate MD, RSC).




Candida was Musical Director on two new musicals for NYMT: PRODIGY (& Orchestrator, St James Theatre), and THE BATTLE OF BOAT (Rose Theatre, Kingston). An original cast album for both PRODIGY and THE BATTLE OF BOAT have been released.


Candida trained at Cambridge University where she received a University Instrumental Award for piano. She also plays the oboe, violin and accordion.

18 April 2019

THE LEHMAN TRILOGY in “thrilling” North American premiere

THE LEHMAN TRILOGY in “thrilling” North American premiere

This electrifying production, directed by Sam Mendes, serves as a parable of the shifting definition of the American dream. Following a sold-out run at the National Theatre, The Lehman Trilogy has transferred to New York’s Park Avenue Armory, where Candida Caldicot has reprised her role of Musical Director and Pianist.

NY Times

“Genuinely epic... out of nothing there emerges such a heaving ferment of aspiration, energy, tenacity and audacity that you’re left reeling by the scope and vitality of it all.”

The Washington Post

“Beale, Miles and Godley propel the story with a force that feels aerodynamic. The counterpoint is the lovely underscoring performed on a piano at the lip of the stage by Candida Caldicot: Call it a fugue for stocks and bonds.”

The Hollywood Reporter

“This is theatrical storytelling at its most thrilling, a work of novelistic sweep and operatic crescendos, as rich in incisive character detail as it is in breathtaking visual coups.”

“The use of cinematic underscoring coming from music director Candida Caldicot on piano at the side of the stage is essential to the vitality of the piece”

New York Stage Review ★★★★★ (by Elysa Gardner)

“a masterful work… gripping narrative with a strong lyrical bent.”

New York Stage Review ★★★★★ (by Steven Suskin)

“an astonishing theatrical event not to be missed.” 

National Review

“the three-hour staging of the history of Lehman Brothers is such a staggering achievement… one of the finest plays I’ve ever seen.”

“It’s impossible to imagine a more spellbinding evening of theater, and the way the actors interact with one another — they are so frequently in motion that the play is practically a dance, to the tune of a near-constant piano score played live at the front of the stage — is precision itself.”

17 July 2018

Astonishing saga THE LEHMAN TRILOGY triumphs at the National Theatre

Astonishing saga THE LEHMAN TRILOGY triumphs at the National Theatre

Stefano Massini’s 2013 play, here adapted by Ben Powers is directed by Sam Mendes and features MLR’s Candida Caldicot as Music Director. Providing a history of western capitalism, this story is told with just three actors – Simon Russell Beale, Ben Miles and Adam Godley – and is currently running at the Lyttelton, National Theatre.

The Guardian ★★★★★

“What an astonishing evening… an intimate epic that becomes a masterly study of acting as well as of the intricacies of high finance”

The Times ★★★★★

“Mendes triumphs with a simple and elegant staging: he keeps a forceful pace but it all feels light, the details of the brothers’ relationships exquisitely observed.” 

Broadway World UK ★★★★★

“a mythic fable, with parallels, recurring motifs, significant dreams, and spellbindingly lyrical - almost, in places, liturgical - rhythms.”

“The real piano playing is done live by the phenomenal Candida Caldicot, playing a wonderful Nick Powell score… with costumes, video, lighting and movement combining to create this feel of a monochromatic graphic novel come to life as a whirling symphony.”

The Stage ★★★★

“It’s a cross section of the roots of capitalism, beautifully adapted, artfully staged and wonderfully acted.”

WhatsOnStage ★★★★

“Accompanied by constant piano music, played just offstage by music director Candida Caldicot, the style is less that of a drama and more a theatrical narrative; the actors describe and explain what they are doing and slip in and out of many characters.” 

Evening Standard ★★★★

“absorbingly performed by a cast of just three, attuned to its poetry and humour. As they clamber around the Lehman family tree, they slip in and out of a multitude of roles with impressive dexterity.” 

LondonTheatre1 ★★★★★

Metro ★★★★

Telegraph ★★★★

BBC ★★★★

The Independent ★★★★

Time Out ★★★★

Radio Times ★★★★

The Arts Desk ★★★★

Daily Mail ★★★★

Hollywood Reporter

“Music director Candida Caldicot does a terrific job accompanying the action — at turns mournful, dainty or racy — on a piano to the side of the stage.”

New York Times

“What sets The Lehman Trilogy apart is its exceptional concentration of narrative simplicity and depth, in which minimal resources seem to expand into unlimited riches.”

“Enhanced by the varying tempo of a lone piano accompaniment, it is a style that might be called epic picturesque.”

29 May 2018

PETER PAN, a production that “really soars”

PETER PAN, a production that “really soars”

Returning to the lush surroundings of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre three years after it’s Olivier-nominated run in 2015, PETER PAN is given an adaptation that is grounded in both innocence and experience. With Musical Supervision and Direction by Candida Caldicot.

The Telegraph ★★★★★

“There’s not a dud performance as the production, utilising nursery songs and wartime standards alike, soldiers gamely onwards on two fronts, answering the need for an endorphin-rush of invention and swashbuckling zest alongside the tingle-factor of bubbling sadness and grief.”

The Stage ★★★★★

“This production stretches the film that separates childhood and adulthood so thin you can see through it from both sides… In its questioning of ideas of chivalry, courage, motherhood, the production becomes an extraordinary celebration of the virtues of being a child.”

Broadway World ★★★★★

“This is a beautiful and poignant production that captivates its audience from start to finish.”

The Arts Desk ★★★★

“The Darling household is reduced here to a dignified Edwardian figure who seems to represent Mrs Darling. The singer Rebecca Thorn threads through the action, expressing emotion  very movingly  in music, often songs from the Great War.”

Time Out ★★★★

The Reviews Hub ★★★★

14 July 2017

Candida Caldicot is Musical Director on QUEEN ANNE

Candida Caldicot is Musical Director on QUEEN ANNE

Natalie Abrahami directs and Candida Caldicot musical directs this enthralling story of power and betrayal based on the true story of Princess Anne and the increasing pressure her future monarch has on her. Queen Anne plays at the Theatre Royal until 30th September 2017.



“it rescues Anne from the shadows and offers a rousing hymn to female agency”

“an excellent mix of slyness and sensuality”



“a rich and satisfying new drama” 

“It’s a mini-masterclass in the skillful power-play of withholding affection”

“A real summer treat all round”



“A fascinating history play with uncanny modern parallels”

“Next stop, a deserved transfer to film?”



“Queen Anne offers an insightful and commendably believable depiction of the reign of one of England’s lesser known monarchs”

“a fascinating insight into England at the turn of the 18th Century”

25 May 2017

Candida Caldicot is Musical Director for WOYZECK

Candida Caldicot is Musical Director for WOYZECK

Starring John Boyega, Joe Murphy’s production of Jack’s Thorne’s version of WOYCECK opened last night at the Old Vic Theatre. Candida Caldicot is Musical Diretor. It runs until 24th June.

The Evening Standard ★★★★

“earthy, robust and admirably clear”

“an atmosphere of mounting paranoia”

“This isn’t an easy watch, but it certainly rewards audience effort”


WhatsOnStage ★★★★

“threatening music”

“The play is unrelentingly nihilistic but in such hands its descent into darkness is completely absorbing”


The Stage ★★★★

“essentially a completely new play, and a ferocious one too, that grows exponentially in power as it progresses”


The Arts Desk ★★★★

“coherent and extremely powerful”

“this Woyzeck is powerful and effective”