Creator / NoŽl Coward
Noël Peirce Coward (1899-1973) was a British playwright, most active in the twenties and thirties. Known for comedies featuring the upper class.

In World War II, he talked Winston Churchill into making him an agent for British intelligence, and proved to be surprisingly good at it; his reputation as a comic celebrity helped loosen a lot of lips of the enemy. In the fifties he had a resurgence as a singer, singing his own comic songs.

He was also an actor, mostly on stage, but with several film roles, including a memorable turn as the criminal mastermind Mr Bridger in the original The Italian Job. He gave director David Lean his big break, asking the then-editor to co-direct his war film In Which We Serve.

The other thing that's inevitably going to come up at some point is that he was as camp as a row of tents, and although he refused to discuss his private life while he was alive, nobody was much surprised when his authorized biographer confirmed after his death that he was gay.

Works by Noël Coward include:

Other works by Noël Coward provide examples of:

  • Bestiality Is Depraved: One of the Old India Hands mentioned in "I Wonder What Happened To Him":
    He got chucked out of the club in Bombay,
    for, apart from his mess bills exceeding his pay,
    he took to... "pig-sticking" note ... in quite the wrong way.
    I wonder what happened to him?
  • Childhood Brain Damage: Another old India hand from "I Wonder What Happened To Him", Munro, was "mentally dim", the reason quoted as being "dropped on his head by his ayah" at age two.
  • Drowning Our Romantic Sorrows: Tom and George empty a decanter of brandy this way in Design for Living.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Coward's humorous works contain an abundance of blatant references to homosexuality and genderqueer lifestyles which seems to have completely passed the censors at the time by.
  • List Song: "I've Been to a Marvellous Party" and "Mad Dogs and Englishmen", among others.
  • Stage Mom: "(Don't Put Your Daughter On The Stage,) Mrs. Worthington" is addressed to a stage mother whose aspirations are greater than her daughter's potential.
  • Stiff Upper Lip: "There Are Bad Times Just Around The Corner" subverts it with a vengance.

Noël Coward in fiction:

Alternative Title(s): Noel Coward