The Scarlet Pimpernel (2006) Programme
Composer: Ben Foskett
Original Scenario: Lucille Briance
Costume Design: Virginie Gehin-Durand
Set Design: Will Bowen
Lighting Design: Matthew England
It is 18th Century Paris, at the height of the French Revolution. Noble families are desperately trying to escape from the arch baddy, Citizen Chauvelin, who wants to send them all to the guillotine. The de Tournay family, about to be executed, is rescued by a courageous and mysterious man in disguise, known as The Scarlet Pimpernel. But Chauvelin tracks their escape, determined to find out the identity of the heroic man who keeps spoiling his plans. He follows them to England. Once in England, he befriends Marguerite, a beautiful French actress who is married to a wealthy but very dim English nobleman, Sir Percy Blakeney. Chauvelin blackmails Marguerite, forcing her to spy for him and help him to discover the true identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel. Little does Marguerite know how close the mysterious hero truly is!
In 2006, LCB premiered The Scarlet Pimpernel, the swashbuckling adventure by Baroness Orczy. It is Paris 1792. A daring Englishman known as the Scarlet Pimpernel thinks it great sport to confound the Frenchies by rescuing aristocrats from the guillotine in Revolutionary France. But the zealous French Citizen Chauvelin follows the trail of our hero across the Channel to England, and blackmails a beautiful French actress to spy for him.