Red Peppers Gala TourNoel Coward
Comic celebration of music hall variety acts
Red Peppers is a short comic play about a fading 1930s husband and wife
double-act. Night after night married couple George and Lily Pepper
travel from one town to another, performing for audiences who groan at
their bad jokes and clumsy tap routines. Off-stage, they bicker about
their musical director, the theatre manager – and of course, with each
The action moves from performances of their unsuccessful
song and dance routines to their backstage quarrelling. You wonder why
they’re still treading the boards, but it’s the only life they know.
Coward’s Red Peppers provides a loving tribute and revealing look at
life behind the scenes in the variety theatres that flourished across
Britain between the two World Wars. This was before the days of
television - and houses were usually packed.
Originally staged in February 2016, this Questors production has been
selected to represent Great Britain at the International Amateur Theatre Association festival in
Monaco this summer – at the Mondial du Théâtre.
As well as a
production of Red Peppers, the Gala will comprise variety and music hall acts, keeping with the 1940s variety theme. All funds raised will get the Red Peppers to Monaco