London Calling!

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DOI: 10.5040/9781408164396.00000005
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'A sketch for a revue must be quick, sharp, funny (or sentimental) and to the point, with a good, really good black-out line. Whether the performers are naked or wearing crinolines is quite beside the point; the same rule applies'.

Thus did Noël Coward describe the ingredients for a successful revue sketch; in the 1920s and 1930s he mastered and defined the art of the revue – short and often topical or satirical sketches, many of which were a lead-in to a song. He started producing sketches for some of the most famous revues of the period.

London Calling! was first presented by André Charlot at the Duke of York's Theatre, London, on 4 September 1923. It ran for 316 performances.

From Coward Revue Sketches

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Bloomsbury Publishing

Noël Coward

ISBN: 9780413733900

Series: World Classics

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