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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.

Sigh No More was first presented by John C. Wilson and H. M. Tennent Ltd at the Piccadilly Theatre, London, on 22 August 1945. It ran for 213 performances.

From Coward Revue Sketches

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Bloomsbury Publishing

Noël Coward

ISBN: 9780413733900

Series: World Classics

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