This year’s egg Christmas show transports you to revolutionary Paris, for a colourful adventure packed with plenty of song, outrageous fashion, intrigue and derring-do! After last year’s universally-acclaimed and award-winning Little Mermaid, the egg theatre once again teams up with Pins & Needles Productions for more festive family fun.
In a fresh and contemporary take on the popular novel, let us transport you to Paris where it’s 1792 and the French Revolution is in full swing…
Whispers are rife that a mysterious band of bounders, led by a flamboyant masked hero, are helping French poodles – and their owners – escape to England. Meanwhile, Marguerite is tired of balls, banquets and French fancies brought home by her foppish husband, Sir Percy. As she seeks a better life, she uncovers a string of heroic deeds and artful plot twists revealing the elusive and admirable Pimpernel to be closer to home than she thought…
The Scarlet Pimpernel is produced by the team behind last year’s Little Mermaid, winner of this year’s Best Show for Children and Young People at the UK Theatre Awards. Expect witty wordplay, brave women, not-so-brave men, hysterical double disguises, elaborate hoaxes, poodles aplenty and very, very high wigs. Everything a modern day audience could wish for in just under 2 hours of deliciousness. Little Mermaid director, Olivier Award nominee Emma Earle returns to direct this year’s production alongside Joe Hufton, who was Associate Director for the Olivier-nominated Alice’s Adventures Undergroundby Les Enfants Terrible. Little Mermaid’s composer Jack Drewry also retunrs to create the original score for The Scarlet Pimpernel. Jack has worked regularly with Bristol’s The Wardrobe Ensemble, whose collaboration with the National Theatre, The Star Seekers, transferred to the Dorfman Theatre this summer.
The adaptation has been commissioned for this production from award-winning playwright, radio dramatist and children’s author Christopher William Hill. His stage plays include Lam, Inglorious Technicolour, Icons, Song of the Western Men and Blood Red, Saffron Yellow. In 2013 his play Mister Holgado was shortlisted for best Theatre Play for Young People in the Writers’ Guild Awards and won Best Show for Children and Young People at the UK Theatre Awards. He has written two plays for National Connections, Multiplex and Heartbreak Beautiful, which have been performed throughout the UK and internationally.
The cast includes Emile Clarke, much loved by egg audiences in last year’s Little Mermaid, who grew up in Bath before training at LIPA (Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts), and has since performed with the Bristol Old Vic, and toured the UK and Paris in productions for Disney and the Museum of London.
Pins and Needles Productions are passionate about telling stories with innovation and imagination, using bold visuals and ambitious staging which encourage audiences to take an imaginative leap into theatre. Described as “highly original and deliciously quirky” by The Guardian, previous work has reached audiences across the UK and internationally – their musical Mr Popper’s Penguins transferred to Broadway and the West End. They have worked alongside Raymond Briggs’ to adapt two of his well-loved books; Father Christmas, which has played the Lyric Hammersmith for six consecutive years, and The Bear. Other productions include Flies, Ernest and the Pale Moon and Gizmo Love. Pins and Needles Productions are a female-led Director/Designer partnership, run by Olivier-nominated director Emma Earle and designer Zoe Squire.
THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL is at the egg theatre from Thursday 6 December to Sunday 13 January. Tickets are on sale now – contact the egg theatre on 01225 823409 to book, and for more information including detailed performance schedule and schools discounts. (Suitable for ages 6+ and families)