Red Peppers

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Red Peppers is a short comic play by Noël Coward, one of the ten plays that make up Tonight at 8:30, a cycle written to be performed across three evenings. It was first staged in 1935.

Performance history in South Africa

1937: 23 May, Jewish Guild (Johannesburg), starring Clasie Pinchuk and Sydney James in the principal roles.

1946: Staged by the Johannesburg Repertory Players, produced by Edythe Carter-Johnson and Elsie Levitas.

1964: CAPAB, opening 24 June in tandem with The Astonished Heart and Fumed Oak under the collective title Tonight at 8:30. The production subsequently toured the Eastern Cape.

1969: Performed as a curtain-raiser to Androcles and the Lion in 1969 in the Alexander Theatre, the last season of the Johannesburg Repertory Society. Well-known West-End director Charles Hickman directed, starring Davy Kaye, Bella Mariani, Rod Hudson, George Korelin, Rigby Foster, Maureen Pliss. Sets designed by Clarence Wilson, costumes designed by Ruth St Moritz.

1973: Lunch hour at the Space Theatre.


Rand Daily Mail, 24 May 1937.

South African Opinion, 3(11):20-21, 1947.

Trek, 11(12):18, 1946.

Lokval! programme (1964), announcement of future productions.

Teater SA, 1(4), 1969.

Tucker, 1997. 249.

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