BOST really are a cut above the rest – and I don’t just mean that because they have a guillotine on stage. They have pulled out all the financial stops to stage “The Scarlet Pimpernel”, a Broadway musical based on the book by Baroness Orczy. This is Capital of Culture year and so this company…decided to be ambitious. After last year’s faultless “Oliver!” they decided to tackle a show that ran for 700 performances on Broadway. And it’s something of a gamble as the songs are not the familiar ones that audiences might be used to. Paris in 1794 was a dark and sinister place and…this is a tale of intrigue, double identities and with some fine comic moments amid all Le Mayhem. Musical Director Tricia Gaskell weaves in plenty of ballads as the scenery crew and the costume team do their usual superlative job in the visual department. Mike Carroll as Sir Percy Blakeney (Ssh, he’s the Pimpernel) and Marguerite St Juste (Julia Carroll) have real chemistry. In real life, she is his wife and leading lady. Sacre bleu! No wonder when they kiss its so convincing. Jason Weightman deserves a round of special applause for his nasty black-coated bad guy, Chauvelin. There are some great comic scenes with fops galore and the song The Creation of Man. A sword-fighting scene is also an added highlight. It is a lavish production that’s full of adventure and spirit, just like BOST. This French connection is magnifique.