The Scarlet Pimpernel

by Baroness Orczy and adapted by Beverly Cross

directed by Alec Walters

Performed to almost full houses in the Open Air at

Mottisfont Abbey


Wednesday 16th to Saturday 26th July 2003
(except Monday 21st July)

"Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, sinon, La Mort" wrote:

The play takes place in 1792 when ground was being set for the establishment of a Republic in France and the removal of any enemies of "the people". From 1789, when they stormed the Bastille (in what was more of a symbolic action than a bid to free the prisoners, for there were only seven at the time!), revolution was seen by "the mob" as a means of revenge against the hated nobility (many of whom had fled to England) and the absolute power of the monarchy. While the nobles and clergy enjoyed power and privilege, the majority of the people paid most of the taxes and had virtually no say in running the country. Social injustice and economic distress was to culminate in one of the most bloody and terrifying revolutions in the history of Western civilisation. The reign of terror began with the September massacres of 1792. The vicious slaughter continued under the leadership of Robespierre and early in the following year King Louis XVI was executed. Thousands were killed as opposition to the The Terror was crushed; even those who had masterminded the the damning of the aristocrats were not spared. The Terror ended in 1794, and in 1795 the middle class came to power under a scandalous republican government known as The Directory which was finally overthrown by Napolean in 1799.


Cast (in order of appearance)
Sir Percy Blakeney - The Scarlet Pimpernel Martin Humphrey
Marguerite Blakeney Susannah Lawther
Chauvelin Matt Avery
Lord Anthony Dewhurst Harry Tuffil
Sir Andrew Ffoulkes Andrew Wolfe
The Princeof Wales / Priest / League of Pimpernel / Mob Brian Stansbridge
Armand St Just / Mob Peter Taylor
Suzanne de Tournai / Mob Hannah Stansbridge
Brogard / Mob Ken Hann
Lambert Patrick Stevens
Citizen Captain Richard Hackett
Lord Grenville / Soldier Tony Austin
Jellyband / Mob Hazel Burrows
Sally / Princess Blanche de Vaugard / Mob Isobel Morse
Robespierre / Ball Guest / Mob Ian Morley
Knitters:- Jo Young, Angie Stansbridge, Sarah Lynn,
Guillotine Sergeant / Ball Guest Paul Baker
Executionere / Sailor / Mob Matthew Tuffill
Contesse Emile de Gringon / Philips / Mob Hannah Dutton
Comte de Fayence / League of Pimpernel / Messenger Alec Walters
Comte de Tournai / Mob Bruce Atkinson
Comtesse de Tournai / Mob Brenda Atkinson
Signorina Bosca / Soldier Lyn Austin
Comtesse de Villefranche / Ball Guest/Mob Shona Lupton
Henriette Bavay / Sansculottes / Flunkey Joanna Iacovou
Abbé de Montbazon / Mob Jan Ward
Ball Guest / Mob Mollie Manns
Ball Guest / Mob Sandra Thibault
Sailor (sings) / Mob David Jupp
Sansculottes / Ball Guest Christine Baker
Sansculottes / Mob Gill Morse
Mob Jez Minns, Ron Randall, Alex Austin, David Pike
For the Maskers
The Director Alec Walters
Assistant Director Brian Stansbridge
Production Manager Christine Baker
Stage Manager Helen White
Assistant Stage Manager Emma Carrington
Lighting and Special Effects Tony Lawther
Assisted by Tom Huns, Ivan White, Julia Campone, Nathan Weeks, Clive Weeks, Greg White
Sound Angie Barks
Assisted by Martin Clift, Lawrie Gee, Jai Mitchell, Ralph Bateman, Simon Procter, Nick Browne
Props Ella Lockett, Emma Carrington
Costumes Serena Brown
Set Design John Carrington
Carpentry David Jupp
Assisted by Alan Baker, Graham Buchanan
Guillotine Roger Lockett
Set Painting John Carrington, Helen White
Front of House Julia Jupp, Alan Watson, Julie Baker
Marketing/Publicity Jan Ward
Poster Design John Hamon
Programme Helen White


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Backstage - Hannah Stansbridge, Mollie Manns
Backstage - Hannah Stansbridge, Mollie Manns

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