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Play, Thu 20 - Sat 22 Dec 2018, £7-£12

The Scarlet Pipistrelle

The Scarlet Pipistrelle

The Scarlet Pipistrelle


The year is 1793. Paris is gripped by the sans-cullottes. Heads are rolling, and no-one is safe from the roving finger of fate, the thumb of tyranny and the wrist of injustice.

The poor Compte de Creme-Brulée is to be guillotined on the morrow. Nothing can save him except a miracle, and the Revolutionary Committee has outlawed miracles, except on Sundays and feast days, and only with a signed chit from Citizen Chambourcy, the feared leader of the Republic.

Creme-Brulée's only hope is a daring swoop by that dashing master of disguise and echo-location, The Scarlet Pipistrelle, a mysterious Englishman, who has already undertaken several rescues of condemned aristocrats. Who knows, perhaps this time, he might actually succeed!

Common Ground will be concocting their trademark heady mix of genre pastiche, musical dexterity and sheer lunacy that East Anglian Christmas audience know and love. Julian Harries plays Citizen Chambourcy, Emily Bennett (from last year’s Sherlock Holmes & The Hooded Lance) plays Madame Claire de Luny.

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Dates Times
Thu 20 - Sat 22 Dec 2018 19:30
An additional matinee performance at 4pm on Saturday 22nd December


Prices: Adults £12 U21/Income Support (please bring evidence) £7


The Headgate Theatre


Chapel Street North,


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