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Note that the 2002 UH Revue was a showcase of each Medical School's Revue societies, with the competition element brought in from 2003.

See also


  1. ^ Abel Green and Joe Laurie, Jr. Show Biz: From Vaude to Video (New York: Henry Holt & Co, 1951) 177.
  2. ^ Review of the Cambridge Medics Revue at the 2002 Edinburgh Fringe
  3. ^ The Birmingham Medics Revue at the Edinburgh Festival 2008
  4. ^ a b Medical Student (2006). "Medical Student February 2006" (pdf). Retrieved 2009-04-05. 


  • Davis, Lee (2000). Scandals and Follies: The Rise and Fall of the Great Broadway Revue. Proscenium Publishers Inc., New York.  

External links

  • Revue is available for free download at the Internet Archive
  • "Revue". Theatre & Performance.  
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A revue is a type of multi-act popular theatrical entertainment that combines music, dance and sketches. The revue has its roots in 19th century popular entertainment and melodrama but grew into a substantial cultural presence of its own during its golden years from 1916 to 1932. Though most famous for their visual spectacle, revues frequently satirized contemporary figures, news or literature. Due to high ticket prices, ribald publicity campaigns and the occasional use of prurient material, the revue was typically patronized by audience members who earned even more and felt even less restricted by middle-class social mores than their contemporaries in vaudeville. Like much of that era's popular entertainments, revues often featured material based on sophisticated, irreverent dissections of topical matter, public personae and fads, though the primary attraction was found in the frank display of the female body.


  • Etymology 1
  • Origin 2
  • Golden age 3
  • Film revues 4
  • Contemporary revues 5
    • Medics' revues 5.1
    • The Moira Stuart Cup 5.2
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • Bibliography 8
  • External links 9


and Earl Carroll's "Vanities."


Revues are most properly understood as having amalgamated several theatrical traditions within the corpus of a single entertainment. Minstrelsy's olio section provided a structural map of popular variety presentation, while literary travesties highlighted an audience hunger for satire. Theatrical extravaganzas, in particular, moving panoramas, demonstrated a vocabulary of the spectacular. Burlesque, itself a bawdy hybrid of various theatrical forms, lent to classic revue an open interest in female sexuality and the masculine gaze.

Golden age

Revues enjoyed great success on Broadway from the Shubert Brothers as the leading producing figure of the American revue's golden age.

Revues took advantage of their high revenue stream to lure away performers from other media, often offering exorbitant weekly salaries without the unremitting travel demanded by other entertainments. Performers such as Earl Carroll, and the British team, Flanders and Swann. In Britain predominantly, Tom Arnold also specialised in promoting series of revues and his acts extended to the European continent and South Africa.

Film revues

With the introduction of talking pictures, in 1927, studios immediately began filming acts from the stage. Such film shorts gradually replaced the live entertainment that had often accompanied cinema exhibition. By 1928, studios began planning to film feature-length versions of popular musicals and revues from the stage. The lavish films, noted by many for a sustained opulence unrivaled in Hollywood until the 1950s epics, reached a breadth of audience never found by the stage revue, all while significantly underpricing the now-faltering theatrical shows. A number of revues were released by the studios, many of which were filmed entirely (or partly) in color. The most notable examples of these are: The Show of Shows (Warner Brothers, 1929), The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1929), Fox Movietone Follies of 1929 (Fox Film Corporation, 1929), Paramount on Parade (Paramount, 1930), New Movietone Follies of 1930 (Fox, 1930) and King of Jazz (Universal, 1930). Even Britain jumped on the bandwagon and produced expensive revues such as Harmony Heaven (British International Pictures, 1929), Elstree Calling (BIP, 1930) and The Musical Revue Of 1959 (BIP,1960)

Contemporary revues

Revues are often common today as Sheffield Medics Revue, The Edinburgh Revue, Bristol Revunions, The Wrekin Revue, Medleys, University of Sydney Revues, The Australian National University Law and Arts Revues, University of New South Wales Revues, The Ashbourne College Revue, Rave Revue and the University of Queensland Law and Med Revues). These use pastiche, in which contemporary songs are re-written in order to comment on the college or courses in a humorous nature. While most comic songs will only be heard within the revue they were written for, sometimes they become more widely known, such as A Transport of Delight about the big red London bus by Flanders and Swann, who first made their name in a revue titled At the Drop of a Hat.

The Rolling Thunder Revue was a famed U.S. concert tour in the mid-1970s consisting of a traveling caravan of musicians, headed by Bob Dylan, that took place in late 1975 and early 1976. Towards the end of the 20th century, a subgenre of revue largely dispensed with the sketches, founding narrative structure within a song cycle in which the material is culled from varied works. This type of revue may or may not have identifiable characters and a rudimentary story line but, even when it does, the songs remain the focus of the show (for example, Closer Than Ever by Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire). This type of revue usually showcases songs written by a particular composer or songs made famous by a particular performer. Examples of the former are Side By Side By Sondheim (music/lyrics Stephen Sondheim), Eubie! (Eubie Blake) Tom Foolery (Tom Lehrer), and Five Guys Named Moe (songs made popular by Louis Jordan). The eponymous nature of these later revues suggest a continued embrace of a unifying authorial presence in this seemingly scattershot genre, much as was earlier the case with Ziegfeld, Carrol, et al.

Medics' revues

It is a current and fairly longstanding tradition of Medical, Dental and Veterinary schools within the UK, Canada and Australia to put on revues each year, combining comedy sketches, songs, parodies, films and sound-bites.

Each year, the revue casts of each of the 5 medical schools of the

Year Winner Location
2015 The Manic Depressives (RUMS) The Monckton Theatre, (RUMS) The Monckton Theatre, GKT School of Medicine The Greenwood Theatre, Guy's Hospital
Previous Holders:

The Moira Stuart is competed for annually at the United Hospitals Comedy Revue, by all five of the University of London Medical Schools. The current holders are The Manic Depressives representing RUMS. The cup is not officially endorsed by Moira Stuart herself.

The Moira Stuart Cup
2011 Imperial College London
2010 GKT School of Medicine The Greenwood Theatre, Guy's Hospital
2009 The Manic Depressives (RUMS) Peter Samuel Hall, Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead
2008 GKT School of Medicine The Monckton Theatre, Imperial College School of Medicine Peter Samuel Hall, Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead
2006 GKT School of Medicine[4] The Greenwood Theatre, Guy's Hospital
2005 [4] The Bloomsbury Theatre, Bloomsbury
2004 Bloomsbury Theatre, Bloomsbury
2003 Bloomsbury Theatre, Bloomsbury
2002 N/A Tommy's Bar, St Thomas' Medical School

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