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Scarlet Pimpernel expected in Cathedral Cloisters, 25th August

Monday 8 August

They seek him here, they seek him there, those Frenchmen seek him everywhere! Try looking in the Cathedral Cloisters ....

The mysterious Scarlet Pimpernel is expected to appear in the Cloisters of Peterborough Cathedral on Thursday 25th August when Boxtree Productions present their swashbuckling family show at 7.00pm.

With intrigue, adventure, swordfights and songs, plus some pyrotechnics and romance for good measure, there is something for all the family to enjoy in this magical evening of open-air theatre.

The audience is encouraged to arrive at 6.00pm, one hour before the start of the show, to enjoy the beautiful Cathedral setting. You can bring a picnic or avail yourself of our Hog Roast, gourmet burgers and hot dogs (including vegetarian options), which will be on sale. There will also be a bar selling wine, beer and soft drinks, as well as ice cream sold from a traditional ice cream cart. You may like to bring a blanket or a low backed chair to get comfortable for the evening. There might even be some pre-show entertainment! 

The Scarlet Pimpernel is set in Paris in 1793, when young English gentlemen of unrivalled daring risked their lives to rescue French aristocrats from the guillotine at the height of the French Revolution. They left no trace except a note from the “Scarlet Pimpernel”. Pursued by the ruthless spy Chauvelin, the Scarlet Pimpernel and his men must use all their wits to evade capture and stay alive.

The Scarlet Pimpernel posterTickets

Hurry to get the best deal on ticket prices. Advanced tickets are £9 (child), £12 (adult) and £33 (family*). On the day the tickets will be £11 (child), £15 (adult) and £40 (family*).

* Family tickets apply to 2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children.

Available from:

  • Oundle Box Office online

  • Oundle Box Office, 4 New Street, Oundle,  in person and by phone on 01832 274734

  • Peterborough Information Centre, Bridge Street, Peterborough, in person and by phone on 01733 452336

  • On the door, space permitting, from 5.30pm

A swordfight in the Scarlet Pimpernel showBoxtree Productions, based in Suffolk, is run by actors James Franklin and Abigail Foreman.

Abigail grew up in Peterborough and spent much of her youth performing at the Key Theatre as part of KYT. Her younger brother was a chorister at Peterborough Cathedral. She has gone on to a successful career in professional theatre, performing, directing and managing tours. Most recently she toured to Hong Kong, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur and Sri Lanka with the classic children’s show, Sesame Street.

James’ theatrical training was at Bretton Hall College in Wakefield. He went on to work for M&M Productions (where he met Abigail) managing, directing and performing many children’s shows including The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Wizard of Oz and Pinocchio. James has performed open-air productions of Shakespeare as well as outdoor children’s shows with Cambridge Touring Theatre. He recently toured Europe for Tour De Force Theatre Company with Pygmalion. He has also been working as a villain in the Halloween and Pirates shows at the prestigious Hippodrome Circus in Great Yarmouth.