'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.
Throughout his career, Coward wrote many sketches and playlets that were not part of one of the many revues to which he lent his name to great success. Those works are gathered here, arranged chronologically, from 'What Next', written in 1915 to 'Some other Private Lives' (a parody on Coward's own more famous work), written in 1930.