Red Noses

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Red Noses
Red Noses.jpg
Written byPeter Barnes
CharactersFather Flote
Father Toulon
Master Bells
Pope Clement VI bigod
Date premiered1985
Place premieredBarbican Theatre, London
Original languageEnglish
SubjectThe Black Death, a Pope and a band of red nosed comics
Setting14th-century France

Red Noses is a comedy about the black death by Peter Barnes, first staged at Barbican Theatre in 1985.[1] It depicted a sprightly priest, originally played by Antony Sher, who travelled around the plague-affected villages of 14th century France with a band of fools, known as Floties, offering holy assistance.[2] It was for this play that Barnes won his Olivier award.[3]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 1985 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play

Original cast[edit]


  1. ^ "Production of Red Noses | Theatricalia".
  2. ^ Wolf, Matt; Wolf, Matt (5 July 2004). "Peter Barnes".
  3. ^ "Olivier Winners 1985". Olivier Awards.

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