Red Peppers

by  Noël Coward

Short Play, Comedy  /  4m, 2f

One of the Tonight At 8:30 series produced in London and New York.

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One of the Tonight At 8:30 series produced in London and New York. Doing a song and dance act in a vaudeville theatre are George Pepper and his wife, Lily. They also have a genius for picking quarrels and insulting co workers. When the house musical director, Bert, comes to the dressing room to bum a cigarette and a beer, they chide him for accompanying them in the wrong tempo, call him a drunk, and oust him. Mr. Edwards, house manager, comes to defend Bert, and he is insulted. At the following show Bert had his revenge when he plays the accompaniment so fast the Peppers get frantic and finally fall down. Lily stalks off the stage after heaving her hat at Bert.

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  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance



  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Setting: The stage and dressing room of the Palace of Varieties in one of the smaller English provincial towns.
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Play w/ Music


4m, 2f
GEORGE PEPPER - one half of a struggling musical duo act.
- one half of a struggling musical duo act.
- the musical director, a flashy little man.
- House Manager for the Palace of Varieties, resplendent.
- an old, faded West End actress.
- callboy for the Peppers
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Noël Coward

Sir Noël Peirce Coward (1899-1973) was an English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his wit, flamboyance, and what Time magazine called "a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek and chic, pose and poise." Born in Teddington, a suburb of London, Mr. Coward attended a dance academy in L ...

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Red Peppers was first produced as one of a series of nine one-act plays under the title Tonight At 8:30 at the Phoenix Theatre in January 1936 under the direction of Noel Coward.

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