(1890–1979), English dramatic critic and dramatist, who was drama critic of the Daily Telegraph from 1920–68. He continued to write theatrical articles for the paper until his death, and was also drama correspondent of the New York Times from 1939–60. His first play, and the one by which he is chiefly remembered, was Alf's Button (1924), an extravaganza based on one of his own novels which had a great success and was several times revived and filmed. It was followed by Carpet Slippers (1930), A Knight Passed By (1931), a burlesque version of Boucicault's The Streets of London (1932), and Marcia Gets Her Own Back (1938).
From The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre in Oxford Reference.