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With music by Frank Wildhorn and lyrics and book by Nan Knighton, The Scarlet Pimpernel is based on Baroness Orczy's 20th-century novel of the same name, which is set during the peak of the French Revolution and the fight for liberty, equality, and fraternity. The Scarlet Pimpernel tells the story of an English nobleman, Sir Percy Blakeney, who adopts a secret identity to battle the forces of evil during the Reign of Terror of the French Revolution. The story, whose events take place in England as well as France, looks penetratingly at life in 18th-century England. It also prefigured spy fiction and superhero stories, featuring a hero with an alias.

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