Lichfield Operatic Society bring The Scarlet Pimpernel to the stage

Jordan Adams as Sir Percy Blakeney (The Scarlet Pimpernel) and Jo Edwards as Marguerite St Just (Lady Blakeney). Pic: Robert Yardley

Jordan Adams as Sir Percy Blakeney (The Scarlet Pimpernel) and Jo Edwards as Marguerite St Just (Lady Blakeney). Pic: Robert Yardley

Musical theatre enthusiasts are being treated to something different courtesy Lichfield Operatic Society this spring.

The company has chosen to re-create the swash-buckling story of The Scarlet Pimpernel.

It’s a classic story of romance and intrigue with plenty of comedy thrown in for good measure.

In 1792 an English gentleman, known only as The Scarlet Pimpernel, risks his life to help French aristocrats escape the persecution of the revolutionary government of France.

However Chauvalin, a devoted supporter and Agent of the French government, is out to expose the mysterious hero and prevent the Pimpernel and his league of gentlemen from saving these victims from the guillotine. The Pimpernel’s wife, Lady Blakeney who was a French actress, is unaware of her husband’s subterfuge and is approached by the French agent who needs her help to expose the identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel. At first Lady Blakeney refuses, but when she discovers that her brother, Armand, has collaborated with the Pimpernel, she agrees to help in exchange for his safe return to England.

The Scarlet Pimpernel is a daring and exciting musical. Songs include the rousing Madame Guillotine and Into the Fire, the amusing The Creation of Man and the hauntingly beautiful When I Look At You.

Peter Beck as the evil Chauvalin. Pic: Robert Yardley

Peter Beck as the evil Chauvalin. Pic: Robert Yardley

The production features Jordan Adams in the title role and Jo Edwards as Marguerite St Just (Lady Blakeney).

Peter Beck takes on the role of the villain, Chauvalin and Michael Manser plays Armand.

Production Director Lynne Hill said: “The cast and production team have had such fun putting this show together and although the music in this show may be unfamiliar it is thrilling and exciting and I believe audiences will leave the theatre buzzing. Why not have a preview and listen to the music on YouTube.”

The company’s 119th production runs at the Lichfield Garrick from April 29 to May 3 at 7.30pm, plus a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets are available by calling 01543 412121 or visiting www.lichfieldgarrick.com.

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