The Scarlet Pimpernel (May 2-18, 2002)

A Drama by Baroness Orczy, adapted by Beverley Cross

First performed in 1903, The Scarlet Pimpernel was the most successful play of its day – archetypal Edwardian theatre and the precursor of romantic Hollywood historical epics. This new adaptation, first presented at England’s Chichester Festival and then as a long-run West End production, brings to modern audiences the tale of the elusive English hero who snatches helpless innocents from death during the French Revolution, and rescues the Comte de Tournai with the enemy hot on this trail. The Scarlet Pimpernel works in the shadows, his identity unknown even to his immediate followers. He stands for English stability and against chaos and passionate fanaticism.