PLAYBILL EXCLUSIVE: Who's Who? Edwin Drood Troupers Share Bios of Their Alter-Ego Show Folk

By Playbill Staff
20 Dec 2012

Gregg Edelman as Cedric Moncrieffe
Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia

Cedric Moncrieffe (Gregg Edelman)
For the last 62 years, ever since his father, Sebastian Moncrieffe and his mother, Adele Wintersmythe, met performing a duet version of "Stop Your Tickling Jock," there has been a Montcrieffe in the acting company of the Music Hall Royale. Cedric, always known for his superb timing, first displayed this skill when he was born during the intermission between the 6th and 7th acts of an all-day performance of The Crusades — A Musicale. Theatrical lore has it that the newborn was wrapped up in a copy of an unfavorable review of the company's efforts and brought out onstage at the end of the performance, where Cedric promptly produced a rather wet response on the reviewers work. He was an instant hit.

Although his performing career started with smaller roles such as the page in Charles XII, the page in A Woman Never Vext and the page in Oberon or the Elf-King's Oath, his first great theatrical success came as the title character in The Little Match Seller. The Times of London wrote of a young Cedric Moncrieffe, "This young actor displays 2 of the 3 necessary assets for a long career in the theatre: He has great legs and he can die numerous times in a single scene without boring the audience."

Since that early effort, with his sweet singing voice, long legs, and lovely hands, Cedric has been called upon numerous times to assay the more feminine roles for his beloved Music Hall Royale delivering over and over again such classic tunes as "She's a Lassie From Lancashire," "Down At The Old Bull and Bush" and "Hold Your Hand Out, Naughty Boy." His efforts were culminated in his much-beloved and often-reprised performance of Little Bo Peep.

While acknowledging all his great success as "Peep," as the company now call him, and all the many and varied women he has portrayed over the last 27 years, Cedric is quite pleased that the Chairman has finally seen fit to let him lay down his crook, not to mention his girdle, for this evening's effort. He only hopes that with your kind assent, and possibly a few words with our beloved Chairman as you leave the theatre this evening, he might enjoy a much needed respite from corsets and heels....his back is killing him. Enjoy the show this evening and...cheers!