The Royal Shakespeare Company is to use social media platform Twitter to tweet Voltaire’s novel Candide, ahead of a performance based on the text this summer.
The 140-character messages will begin this Wednesday, continuing until August 29, when Mark Ravenhill’s play – also called Candide – receives its premiere at the RSC’s Swan theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.
There will be eight tweets a day from a dedicated Twitter account, called @TweetCandide.
Ravenhill, who has adapted the book for tweeting, said: “My new play is a response to Voltaire’s classic tale rather than a ‘straight’ adaptation. Although it works as a stand-alone piece, I believe audiences coming to the Swan theatre will have their enjoyment enhanced if they read Voltaire’s original. “
He added: “The direct, simple wit of Voltaire’s style is perfect for tweeting. It’s been a fascinating exercise. It has deepened my appreciation of Voltaire’s writing: it’s incredible to see how every single sentence of the book advances the story and how almost every sentence stands alone as a great quotation all by itself.”