We were invited in for a sneak peek at rehearsals for LMTO's staging of Candide, which plays Cadogan Hall on 21 July.

Rob Houchen (Les Miserables, Titanic) will play the titular role, joined by James Dreyfus as his tutor Pangloss. The performance will feature a 34-piece orchestra under the baton of conductor Freddie Tapner.

Based on Voltaire's novel, Candide tells the story of a young man determined to cling to his instructor's philosophy that "all is for the best in the best of all possible worlds" despite the many tragedies that he encounters. The musical features the songs "Glitter and Be Gay", "We Are Women" and "Make Our Garden Grow".

LMTO was founded by Tapner in 2015 and has since produced sell-out concerts including Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens' A Christmas Carol which starred Robert Lindsay and Carrie Hope Fletcher, and Honeymoon in Vegas at the London Palladium starring Samantha Barks and Arthur Darvill.

Candide plays Cadogan Hall on Friday 21 July 2017.