Scarlet Pimpernel — A New Musical

Scarlet Pimpernel — A New Musical

Book and Lyrics by Will Huddleston

Music and Lyrics by C. Michael Perry

Original Concept and Lyrics by Barry Collyer

Orchestrations by C. Michael Perry, Sean Jackson, Trent Oliphant, and Jason Porter. Vocal Arrangements by C. Michael Perry & Trisha Garrett

(For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, Church Groups, Youth Theatres)

Sir Percy Blakeney, The Scarlet Pimpernel, is the 17th Century equivalent of a modern “super hero”. This Englishman has rescued countless victims from the jaws of Madame Guillotine during the French Revolution. He has eluded the French authorities by his wits and clever disguises. A member of the French Committee for Public Safety named Chauvelin, is on his trail. He has married the most beautiful and popular woman in all France, Marguerite St. Just. But the marriage has turned sour due to unspoken confidences and Sir Percy’s need for utmost secrecy. This fine thriller takes us through the streets and countrysides of Paris and the French and English coasts on a ride of intrigue. Passion, history, mystery and comedy all set against the backdrop of the French Revolution.


  • Running Time: Approx. 2 hours
  • 7 settings
  • 25M 8F + extras (Can be doubled to a company of 30-35)
  • Elaborate Period Costumes
  • Order #3014

Available to ALL producing groups. This show is available in the PREMIERE MUSICALS collection.

(Leicester Bay Theatricals is acting as AGENT for this musical. It is not considered a PUBLISHED musical, but one that is “in-process”.)


The PERUSAL PAGES file is in PDF format and contains the first half of this 4-act musical: ScarletPimpernelPERUSAL

SONG LIST (songs in BOLD are in the Vocal Demo List below, songs in ORANGE are in the Non-Vocal Demo List)

  • Act One
  • #1 — PROLOGUE
  • Scene 1Split sceneThe Kings Chambers and The Citizen’s Council room
  • #3 — A RESTLESS STATE — Aristos & Citizens
  • #4 — LOUIS, KING OF FRANCE — Louis and Marie Antoinette
  • #5 — MARCH TO THE MADAM (reprise 1)
  • #6 — REIGN OF TERROR — Chauvelin, Robespierre & Citizens Committee
  • #7 — MARCH TO THE MADAM (reprise 2)
  • Scene 2– Split — Prison and La Place de la Guillotine
  • #8 — THE GUILLOTINE — Aristos, Hag, Citizens
  • Scene 3A City Gate
  • #9 — MARCH TO THE MADAM (reprise 3)
  • #9a — Scene Change/Prolog
  • Act Two
  • Scene — The Fishermen’s Rest Inn — Dover, England
  • #10 — BLISS — Sally & Jimmy Pitkin
  • #11 — ONE TO COMMAND — Anthony and Andrew (Orchestration by Trent Oliphant)
  • #12 — DROP THE MASK — Percy
  • #13 — MAN OF MYSTERY — Marguerite (Orchestration by Jason Porter)
  • #14 — FINALE ACT TWO: The REIGN Of TERROR (reprise) — Chauvelin
  • Act Three
  • Scene 1Lord Grenville’s Castle — A Ballroom
  • #15 — THE BALL — Orchestra
  • #16 — THE MARKS OF A MAN — Percy & Chauvelin (Orchestration by Sean Jackson)
  • #17 — THEY SEEK HIM HERE (Orchestration by Sean Jackson)
  • #17a — Underscore (Fear!)
  • Scene 2Another part of the castle
  • #18 — THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL — Percy, Sir Andrew (Orchestration by Sean Jackson)
  • #18a — Underscore (THEY SEEK HIM)
  • #18b — Underscore (THE REIGN OF TERROR)
  • #19 — YOU ARE MY LIFE — Suzanne & Anthony (Orchestration by Jason Porter)
  • Scene 3 Another part of the castle
  • #20 — THEY SEEK HIM HERE (reprise)
  • Scene 4RichmondSir Percy’s Estate
  • #21 — FEAR! — Marguerite and Chauvelin
  • #22 — FROM AFAR — Marguerite & Sir Percy
  • #23 — BEYOND TOMORROW — Marguerite
  • #24 — BEYOND TOMORROW (reprise) — Marguerite and Percy
  • #24a — Scene Change/Prolog
  • Act Four
  • Scene 1Le Chat Gris
  • #25a — THE NET IS CLOSING — Chauvelin
  • #25b — THE NET IS CLOSING (Reprise) — Chauvelin
  • Scene 2Pere Blanchard’s Hut
  • #26 — Underscore
  • #27 — The DUEL
  • #28 — A NEW DAY — Marguerite, Percy and Company
  • #29 — CURTAIN CALL — Company
  • #30 — Exit Music

SONG SAMPLES (The NON-VOCAL DEMO mp3s of these songs come from the FINALE files containing the orchestrations to the show. The melody is played through a synthesized voice, and the orchestral instruments using the Note Performer sound modules swirl around it.)



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  • Script in PDF format — Order #3014a : $35.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)

  • Vocal Book in PDF format — Order #3014b : $20.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)

  • Piano-Vocal Score in PDF format — Order #3014c : $40.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)

  • First Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3014d : Royalty terms quoted on application.
  • Second Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3014e : Royalty terms quoted on application.
  • Professional Royalties will be quoted upon application
  • Orchestrations in PDF format — Order #3014h : $300.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production) Orchestration parts available: Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, 3Trumpet, 2Trombone, Horn, Tuba, Percussion, Drums, Piano, 3Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass.


  • Premiered at Mountain View High School — November, 1997


The following is how the credits should read in all programs, posters, fliers, handbills and other promotional advertising for the show:

The Scarlet Pimpernel

Book and Lyrics by
Will Huddleston

Original Concept and Lyrics by
Barry Collyer

Music and Lyrics by
C. Michael Perry

NOTE: The names of the Playwright(s), Composer, Lyricist, and Bookwriter shall be equal in size, type, coloring, boldness, and prominence. No billing shall appear in type larger or more prominent than the billing to the Authors except for the title of the play. (In a press release all type, will of course, be the same size.)


The Scarlet Pimpernel is presented through special arrangement with Premiére Theatrical Licensing on behalf of Leicester Bay Theatricals and their Premiere Musicals program.  All authorized materials are also supplied by LBT,”

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