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‘Scarlet Pimpernel’ a fun tale of mystery and intrigue

Oct 04, 2021 10:25AM ● By Becky Ginos

Percy Balkeney, (Ben Lowell) rallies his men to battle the French.

CENTERVILLE—CenterPoint Legacy Theatre brings to the stage the “Scarlet Pimpernel,” a tale of love, deceit and treachery during the French Revolution that mixes humor with intrigue that will keep the audience guessing until the very end.

British nobleman Percival Balkeney has just married his true love, French actress Marguerite St. Just. The two are blissfully happy until on their wedding night Percy gets word that a member of the French aristocracy and his family have been killed and Marguerite is the one who gave up their hiding place. Shocked by her treachery, Percy keeps his distance from Marguerite, leaving her confused and heartbroken about why his love has changed.

Devastated by her deceit, Percy decides he must stop the bloodshed. With the help of his friends he creates the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel. Using disguise and trickery the band takes to the streets of France foiling the enemy at every turn. 

Everyone is trying to guess the identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel, including Marguerite who never suspects it is her own husband. While attending a ball with the Prince of Wales, Marguerite gets word that her brother has been arrested in France, accused of being part of the Pimpernel’s band. Chauvelin, her former lover, tells her if she can find out the true identity of the Pimpernel he will release her brother.

Marguerite delivers a note through one of Percy’s friends for the Pimpernel to meet her at the bridge and tells Chauvelin where he will be. Percy arrives and tricks Chauvelin into thinking he couldn’t possibly be the Pimpernel. When Marguerite arrives he tells her to look away lest she be accused of helping him. As she explains that Chauvelin blackmailed her to give up the family that was killed and now he is blackmailing her to find the Pimpernel, Percy realizes she is still the woman he loves.

After Marguerite sneaks off to France determined to free her brother, Chauvelin discovers her and throws her in jail with her brother. The two are sentenced to die by guillotine. Now Percy and his friends must find a way to save them.

Ben Lowell (MWF) is delightful as the Pimpernel and Anya Young Wilson (MWF) plays Marguerite to perfection. They are backed by a talented cast who mix history with a bit of fun. 

The Scarlet Pimpernel runs now through Oct. 23 Monday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with Saturday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $18 to $30. Parking is free. CenterPoint Legacy Theatre is located at 525 N. 400 West in Centerville. For more information visit or call 801-298-1302.