Sir Noël Coward was a 20th century English playwright, singer, actor and director primarily known for his wit. With over fifty plays to his name, including Hay Fever and Private Lives, Coward enjoying enduring success as a playwright. In addition, he composed songs and musical theatre works, and wrote poetry, short stories, a novel and an autobiography.
During World War II, Coward ran the British Propaganda office in Paris. In 1943 he won an Academy Honorary Award, and in 2006 the Albery Theatre in London was renamed in his honour.