Dramatists in History

Famous Birthdays

  • 1543-10-23 Juan de la Cueva, Spanish dramatist, born in Sevilla, Spain (d. 1612)

Person of interestThomas Kyd

1558-11-06 Thomas Kyd, English dramatist (Spanish Tragedy), born in London (d. 1594)

Dramatist and Playwright Thomas Kyd
Dramatist and Playwright
Thomas Kyd
  • 1562-11-25 Lope Félix de Vega Carpio, Spanish dramatist and poet (Angelica, Arcadia), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1635)
  • 1564-02-26 Christopher Marlowe, English poet and dramatist (Dr Faustus), born in Canterbury, England (d. 1593) baptism date
  • 1579-12-20 John Fletcher, Jacobean playwright, born in Rye, United Kingdom
  • 1586-04-17 John Ford, English dramatist ('Tis Pity She's a Whore), born in Ilsington, Devon, England (d. 1639)
  • 1587-11-16 Joost van den Vondel, Dutch poet and dramatist (Jephtha), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1679)
  • 1600-01-17 Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Spanish dramatist, poet and writer of the Spanish Golden Age, born in Madrid (d. 1681)
  • 1601-08-22 Georges de Scudéry, French writer and dramatist (L'Amour tyrannique), born in Le Havre, France (d. 1667)
  • 1604-05-10 Jean Mairet, French dramatist (d. 1686)
  • 1606-06-06 Pierre Corneille, French poet and dramatist (El Cid, Horace), born in Rouen, France (d. 1684)
  • 1609-02-10 John Suckling, English Cavalier poet/dramatist/courtier
  • 1616-10-02 Andreas Gryphius, German lyric poet and dramatist, born in Glogau, Silesia (d. 1664)
  • 1621-04-25 Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery, British soldier, statesman, and dramatist, born in Lismore, County Waterford, Ireland (d. 1679)
  • 1635-08-11 Thomas Betterton, British actor and dramatist (Coriolanus), born in London, England (d. 1710)
  • 1639-12-22 Jean Racine, French dramatist (Phèdre), born in La Ferté-Milon, Picardy (d. 1699)
  • 1661-11-01 Florent Carton Dancourt, French dramatist and actor (Le Chevalier à la mode), born in Fontainebleau, France (d. 1725)
  • 1663-02-25 Pierre Antoine Motteux, French-born English dramatist (d. 1718)
  • 1664-01-24 John Vanbrugh, dramatist/architect (baptized), born in London, England
  • 1671-11-06 Colley Cibber, English actor, dramatist and Poet Laureate (1730-57), born in London (d. 1757)
  • 1680-04-09 Philippe Néricault Destouches, French dramatist and author, born in Tours, France (d. 1754)
  • 1685-06-30 John Gay, English poet and dramatist (The Beggar's Opera), born in Barnstaple, England (d. 1732)
  • 1689-07-09 Alexis Piron, French dramatist (La Métromanie), born Dijon, France (d. 1773)
  • 1693-02-04 George Lillo, bourgeois English dramatist (London Merchant)
  • 1710-11-13 Charles Simon Favart, French dramatist, born in Paris (d. 1792)
  • 1713-12-04 Gasparo Gozzi, Italian critic and dramatist, born in Venice (d. 1786)
  • 1719-06-02 Michel-Jean Sedaine, French dramatist (Le Philosophe sans le savoir), born in Paris (d. 1797)
  • 1720-01-27 Samuel Foote, British actor, dramatist and theatre manager (Mirror), born in Truro, Cornwall (d. 1777)
  • 1720-12-13 Carlo Gozzi, Italian dramatist, born in Venice (d. 1804)
  • 1729-01-22 Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, German critic/dramatist
  • 1730-11-10 Oliver Goldsmith, Irish novelist and dramatist (She Stoops to Conquer), born in Kilkenny West, Ireland (d. 1774)
  • 1732-01-24 Pierre de Beaumarchais, French polymath and dramatist (The Marriage of Figaro, Barber of Seville), born in Paris, France (d. 1799)
  • 1732-04-18 George Colman the Elder, English dramatist, born in Florence (d. 1794)
  • 1749-01-13 Friedrich Müller, painter and dramatist (d. 1825)
  • 1749-01-16 Vittorio Alfieri, Italian count, dramatist and poet (Maria Stuarda) who is considered the founder of Italian tragedy, born in Asti, Italy (d. 1803)
  • 1750-07-28 Fabre d'Églantine French dramatist and politician, creator of the French Republican calendar (d. 1794)
  • 1757-11-06 Louis Abel Beffroy de Reigny, French dramatist and composer, born in Laon, Aisne, France (d. 1811)
  • 1761-05-03 August von Kotzebue, German dramatist, born in Weimar, Germany (d. 1819)
  • 1762-01-23 Christian A Vulpius, German novelist & dramatist (Rinaldo Rinaldini), born in Weimar, Germany (d. 1827)
  • 1771-12-26 Heinrich J von Collin, Austria dramatist/poet (Regulus)
  • 1774-10-18 Adolf Muller, German dramatist and critic, born near Weissenfels (d. 1829)
  • 1777-10-18 Heinrich von Kleist, German dramatist/poet (Penthesilea)
  • 1791-01-15 Franz Gillparzer, Austrian tragic dramatist (Golden Fleece), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1872)
  • 1791-12-24 Eugène Scribe, French dramatist (Bertrand et Raton), born in Paris, France (d. 1861)
  • 1801-12-11 Christian Dietrich Grabbe, German dramatist, born in Detmold, Lippe (d. 1836)
  • 1809-03-31 Nikolai Gogol [Nikolay], Ukrainian-born Russian novelist, humorist, and dramatist (Dead Souls, The Inspector-General), born in Sorochintsy, Poltava Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1852)
  • 1814-03-08 Ede Szigligeti [József Szathmáry], Hungarian dramatist, born in Nagyvárad-Olaszi (d. 1878)
  • 1817-02-21 Jose Zorrilla y Moral, Vallodolid Spain, poet/dramatist (El rey Loco)
  • 1820-09-17 Émile Augier, French dramatist, born in Valence, Drôme, Kingdom of France (d. 1889)
  • 1823-06-30 Hendrik Jan Schimmel, Dutch writer and dramatist (2 Tudors), born in 's-Graveland, North Holland (d. 1906)
  • 1832-04-19 José Echegaray, Spanish dramatist (Nobel 1904), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1916)

Person of interestWilliam Schwenck Gilbert

1836-11-18 William Schwenck Gilbert, English dramatist, librettist, poet and illustrator (Gilbert & Sullivan), born in London, England

English Dramatist William Schwenck Gilbert
English Dramatist
William Schwenck Gilbert
  • 1849-01-22 August Strindberg, Swedish dramatist/novelist (Apologia)
  • 1850-09-09 Harishchandra, Indian poet, dramatist and commonly referred as "father of modern Hindi", born in Vārānasi, India (d. 1885)
  • 1853-04-27 Jules Lemaître, French critic and dramatist, born in Vennecy, Loiret, France (d. 1914)

Person of interestGeorge Bernard Shaw

1856-07-26 George Bernard Shaw, Irish dramatist (Pygmalion, Nobel Prize for Literature 1925), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1950)

  • 1860-08-15 Henrietta Vinton Davis, African-American elocutionist, dramatist, impersonator and public speaker, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1941)
  • 1869-01-15 Stanisław Wyspiański, Polish dramatist, born in Kraków, Poland (d. 1907)
  • 1871-04-16 John Millington Synge, Irish dramatist and poet (Riders to the Sea), born in Rathfarnham, County Dublin, Ireland (d. 1909)
  • 1874-02-01 Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Austrian poet/dramatist/essayist
  • 1875-01-17 Florencio Sánchez, Uruguayan dramatist (d. 1910)
  • 1876-12-22 Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Italian-French prose writer, novelist, poet, and dramatist (Futurism e Futurista), born in Alexandria, Egypt (d. 1944)
  • 1877-02-22 Yme C Schuitmaker, Dutch potato salesman/dramatist
  • 1877-11-25 Harley Granville-Barker, English dramatist, producer (The Voysey Inheritance) and critic, born in London (d. 1946)
  • 1881-03-13 Balthazar Huibrecht Verhagen, Dutch dramatist and writer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1950)
  • 1881-11-28 Stefan Zweig, Austrian poet, essayist and dramatist (Beware of Pity), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1942)
  • 1884-07-07 Lion Feuchtwanger, German dramatist (d. 1958)
  • 1884-11-05 James Elroy Flecker, English poet and dramatist (Hassan), born in Lewisham, London (d. 1915)
  • 1886-06-24 George Shiels, Northern Irish dramatist (d. 1949)

Person of interestT. S. Eliot

1888-09-26 T. S. Eliot, American poet (The Waste Land), dramatist and critic (Nobel Prize 1948), born in St Louis Missouri, (d. 1965)

Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate T. S. Eliot
Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate
T. S. Eliot
  • 1888-10-16 Eugene O'Neill, American dramatist (Desire Under the Elms-Nobel 1936), born in NYC, New York
  • 1888-12-15 Maxwell Anderson, American dramatist (Winter Set, High Tor), born in Atlantic, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)
  • 1889-01-30 Jaishankar Prasad, Hindi poet, dramatist and novelist, born in Varanasi, India (d. 1937)
  • 1891-06-26 Sidney Coe Howard, American dramatist (Swords, Pulitzer 1925), born in Oakland, California (d. 1939)
  • 1892-02-22 Edna St Vincent Millay, poet/dramatist/feminist (Harp Weaver-Pulitzer Prize), born in Rockland, Maine (d. 1950)
  • 1896-01-07 Arnold Ridley, British actor and dramatist (The Ghost Train, Dad's Army), born in Bath, England (d. 1984)
  • 1896-04-04 Robert Sherwood, American dramatist (Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Idiot's Delight), born in New Rochelle, New York (d. 1955)
  • 1896-06-18 Philip Barry, American dramatist (Philadelphia Story)
  • 1898-06-05 Federico Garcia Lorca, Spainish poet and dramatist (Blood Wedding), born in Fuente Vaqueros, Granada, Andalucía, Spain (d. 1936)
  • 1899-11-17 Roger Vitrac, French poet/dramatist (Coup of Trafalgar)
  • 1902-11-01 Nordahl Grieg, Norwegian poet, dramatist and novelist (The Defeat), born in Bergen, Norway (d. 1943)
  • 1903-11-01 Jean Tardieu, French dramatist, born in St Germain de Joux (d. 1995)
  • 1904-03-06 Hugh Williams, British dramatist, actor and writer (Wuthering Heights, Bank Holiday), born in East Sussex, England (d. 1969)
  • 1906-07-18 Clifford Odets, American dramatist (1961 Award of Merit-Golden Boy), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1963)
  • 1910-06-23 Jean Anouilh, French dramatist (Thieves' Carnival), born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1987)
  • 1910-12-19 Jean Genet, criminal/novelist/dramatist (The Blacks), born in Paris, France
  • 1911-08-17 Jan Lode Cantens, Flemish dramatist (God's Murderer)
  • 1912-05-30 Joseph Stein, American dramatist and playwright (Fiddler on the Roof), born in NYC, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1913-08-21 Victor Rosow, Russian dramatist, born in Yaroslavl (d. 2004)
  • 1913-08-28 Robertson Davies, Canadian novelist essayist/dramatist, born in Thamesville, Ontario (d. 1995)
  • 1913-09-26 Ernst Schnabel, German writer and pioneer of the radio documentary, born in Zittau, Germany (d. 1986)
  • 1916-11-08 Peter Weiss, German author and playwright (Marat/Sade), born in Nowawes, Brandenburg, Germany (d. 1982)
  • 1917-11-16 John Whiting, British actor, dramatist and critic (PT Raiders, The Devils, The Good Companions), born in Salisbury, England (d. 1963)
  • 1923-01-29 Paddy Chayevsky, [Sydney], American dramatist (Marty, Hospital) (d. 1981)
  • 1923-06-15 Erland Josephson, Swedish actor, dramatist and author (The Sacrifice, Utflykt), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2012)
  • 1924-07-11 Claus Bremer, German dramatist, born in Hamburg (d. 1996)
  • 1924-08-23 Ephraim Kishon, Israeli author, dramatist, screenwriter, and Oscar-nominated film director, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2005)
  • 1929-01-09 Heiner Muller, German dramatist, born in Eppendorf, Germany (d. 1995)
  • 1929-01-09 Brian Friel, Irish dramatist "Irish Chekhov" (Dancing at Lughnasa), born in Omagh, County Tyrone (d. 2015)
  • 1929-11-22 Aleksandar Popović, Serbian dramatist (d. 1996)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

1901-05-25 Anton Chekhov (41), Russian physician, dramatist and author marries actress Olga Knipper (31)

Author and Playwright Anton Chekhov
Author and Playwright
Anton Chekhov

Famous Deaths

  • 0065-04-12 Seneca the Younger, Roman philosopher, statesman and dramatist
  • 1593-05-30 Christopher Marlowe, English dramatist and poet (Tamburlaine the Great), stabbed to death in a pub brawl in Deptford at about 29

Person of interestThomas Kyd

1594-07-16 Thomas Kyd, English dramatist (The Spanish Tragedy), dies at 35

Dramatist and Playwright Thomas Kyd
Dramatist and Playwright
Thomas Kyd
  • 1621-10-08 Antoine de Montchrétien, French dramatist
  • 1626-02-28 Cyril Tourneur, English poet/dramatist, dies at about 51
  • 1631-07-28 Guillén de Castro y Bellvis, Spanish dramatist (b. 1569)
  • 1632-08-25 Thomas Dekker, English dramatist (b. ca. 1572)
  • 1634-05-12 George Chapman, English dramatist/interpreter, dies
  • 1640-03-17 Philip Massinger, dramatist, dies
  • 1643-11-29 William Cartwright, English dramatist (b. 1611)
  • 1648-03-12 Tirso de Molina, Spanish Baroque dramatist, poet and Roman Catholic monk (The Trickster of Seville and the Stone Guest), dies at about 63
  • 1655-07-28 Cyrano de Bergerac, French dramatist/novelist, dies at 36 in Paris
  • 1655-09-07 Tristan l'Hermite, French dramatist/poet, dies (birth date unknown)
  • 1664-07-16 Andreas Gryphius, German lyric poet and dramatist, dies at 47
  • 1666-10-29 James Shirley, English dramatist (b. 1596)
  • 1669-05-14 Georges de Scudéry, French writer and dramatist (L'Amour tyrannique), dies at 65
  • 1679-10-26 Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery, British soldier, statesman, and dramatist, dies at 58
  • 1681-05-25 Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Spanish dramatist, poet and writer of the Spanish Golden Age, dies at 81
  • 1683-03-19 Thomas Killigrew, English dramatist (b. 1612)
  • 1684-10-01 Pierre Corneille, French poet and dramatist (El Cid, Polyeucte), dies at 42
  • 1686-01-31 Jean Mairet, French dramatist (b. 1604)
  • 1689-04-16 Aphra Behn, English dramatist and novelist, dies at 48
  • 1692-12-09 William Mountfort, English actor and dramatist, dies at approximately 38
  • 1699-04-21 Jean Racine, French dramatist (Iphigénie), dies at 59
  • 1707-04-29 George Farquhar, Irish dramatist (b. 1678)
  • 1709-12-08 Thomas Corneille, French dramatist (Timocrates), dies at 74
  • 1710-04-28 Thomas Betterton, British actor & dramatist (Coriolanus), dies at 74
  • 1716-01-01 William Wycherley, English dramatist (The Country Wife), dies at 74
  • 1718-02-18 Pierre Antoine Motteux, French-born English dramatist (b. 1663)
  • 1718-12-06 Nicholas Rowe, English poet and dramatist (Tamerlane) Poet Laureate (1715-18), dies at 45
  • 1723-05-11 Jean Galbert de Campistron, French dramatist, dies at 66
  • 1725-12-07 Florent Carton Dancourt, French dramatist and actor (Le Chevalier à la mode), dies at 64
  • 1729-01-19 William Congreve, English dramatist (Love for Love), dies at 58
  • 1732-12-04 John Gay, English poet and dramatist (The Beggar's Opera), dies at 47
  • 1734-01-06 John Dennis, English dramatist whose thunder was stolen (b. 1657)
  • 1739-09-03 George Lillo, English dramatist (Fatal Curiosity), dies at 46
  • 1739-10-18 Antônio José da Silva, Brazilian-born dramatist (b. 1705)
  • 1746-05-22 Thomas Southerne, Irish dramatist (b. 1660)
  • 1754-07-04 Philippe Néricault Destouches, French dramatist and author, dies at 74
  • 1757-11-12 Colley Cibber, English actor, dramatist and Poet Laureate (1730-57), dies at 86
  • 1773-01-21 Alexis Piron, French dramatist (La Métromanie), dies at 83
  • 1774-04-04 Oliver Goldsmith, Irish novelist and dramatist (She Stoops to Conquer), dies at 45
  • 1777-06-16 Jean-Baptiste-Louis Gresset, French poet and dramatist (b. 1709)
  • 1777-10-21 Samuel Foote, British actor, dramatist and theatre manager (Mirror), dies at 57
  • 1786-12-26 Gasparo Gozzi, Italian critic and dramatist, dies at 73
  • 1792-05-12 Charles Simon Favart, French dramatist, dies at 81
  • 1797-05-17 Michel-Jean Sedaine, French dramatist (Le Philosophe sans le savoir), dies at 77
  • 1799-05-18 Pierre de Beaumarchais, French polymath & dramatist (The Marriage of Figaro, Barber of Seville), dies at 67
  • 1811-07-28 Heinrich J von Collin, Austria dramatist/poet (Coriolan), dies
  • 1811-12-17 Louis Abel Beffroy de Reigny, French dramatist and composer, dies at 54
  • 1819-03-23 August von Kotzebue, German dramatist, dies at 57
  • 1843-06-06 Friedrich Hölderlin, German poet and dramatist (b. 1770)
  • 1852-03-04 Nikolai Gogol [Nikolay], Ukrainian-born Russian novelist, humorist, and dramatist (Dead Souls, The Inspector-General), dies at 43
  • 1875-10-10 Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, Russian novelist, poet and dramatist (Prince Serebrenni), dies at 58
  • 1877-10-16 Theodore Barrière, French dramatist (b. 1823)
  • 1885-01-06 Harishchandra, Indian poet, dramatist and commonly referred as "father of modern Hindi", dies at 34
  • 1901-06-10 Robert Williams Buchanan, British dramatist (b. 1841)
  • 1903-02-12 Gaspar Núñez de Arce, Spanish dramatist and statesman (b. 1834)
  • 1906-11-14 Hendrik Jan Schimmel, Dutch writer and dramatist (2 Tudors), dies at 83
  • 1907-11-28 Stanisław Wyspiański, Polish dramatist, poet, painter, and architect (b. 1869)
  • 1909-03-24 John Millington Synge, Irish dramatist and poet (Riders to the Sea), dies at 37

Person of interestWilliam Schwenck Gilbert

1911-05-29 William Schwenck Gilbert, English dramatist (Gilbert & Sullivan), dies at 74

English Dramatist William Schwenck Gilbert
English Dramatist
William Schwenck Gilbert
  • 1914-08-04 Jules Lemaître, French critic and dramatist, dies at 61
  • 1916-09-04 José Echegaray, Spanish dramatist (Nobel 1904), dies at 84
  • 1918-12-02 Edmond Rostand, French poet and dramatist (b. 1868)
  • 1937-01-14 Jaishankar Prasad, Hindi poet, dramatist and novelist, dies at 47
  • 1941-11-21 Henrietta Vinton Davis, African-American elocutionist, dramatist, impersonator and public speaker, dies at 81
  • 1942-02-23 Stefan Zweig, Austrian poet, essayist and dramatist (Beware of Pity), dies at 60
  • 1943-12-02 Nordahl Grieg, Norwegian poet, dramatist and novelist (The Defeat), dies at 41
  • 1944-12-02 Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Italian-French prose writer, novelist, poet, and dramatist (Futurism e Futurista), dies of cardiac arrest at 67
  • 1949-09-19 George Shiels, Irish dramatist (b. 1886)
  • 1950-09-29 Balthazar Huibrecht Verhagen, Dutch dramatist and writer, dies at 69
  • 1950-10-19 Edna St Vincent Millay, American poet/dramatist/feminist (Harp Weaver-Pulitzer Prize), dies at 58

Person of interestGeorge Bernard Shaw

1950-11-02 George Bernard Shaw, Irish dramatist (Pygmalion, Nobel Prize for Literature 1925), dies at 94

  • 1951-01-29 James Bridie, [Osborne Henry Mavor], dramatist, dies
  • 1952-01-22 Roger Vitrac, French poet/dramatist (Mysteries of Love), dies at 52
  • 1953-06-09 Ugo Betti, dramatist, dies
  • 1955-11-14 Robert E Sherwood, dramatist (Abe Lincoln in Illinois), dies at 59
  • 1959-02-28 Maxwell Anderson, American dramatist (Key Largo, Bath Seed), dies at 70
  • 1961-09-16 Yme C Schuitmaker, potato farmer/dramatist, dies

Person of interestMoss Hart

1961-12-20 Moss Hart, American dramatist (You can't take it with you), dies at 57

Playwright Moss Hart
Playwright
Moss Hart
  • 1963-06-17 John Whiting, British actor, dramatist and critic (PT Raiders, The Devils, The Good Companions), dies of cancer at 45
  • 1967-08-09 Joe Orton, EBritish actor and dramatist (Prick Up Your Ears), is murdered by his partner Kenneth Halliwell at 34
  • 1969-12-07 Hugh Williams, British dramatist, actor and writer (Wuthering Heights, Bank Holiday), dies after surgery at 65
  • 1973-04-30 Václav Renč, Czech poet, dramatist and translator, dies at 61
  • 1977-02-09 Denys Amiel, French dramatist/playwright (Le mouton noir), dies at 92
  • 1984-01-21 Giannis Skaribas, Greek writer, dramatist, and poet (b. 1893)
  • 1984-11-06 Gastón Suárez, Bolivian novelist and dramatist (b. 1929)
  • 1986-04-15 Jean Genet, French criminal & writer, dies at 75
  • 1987-09-16 Howard Moss, American poet, dramatist, and critic (b. 1922)
  • 1987-10-03 Jean Anouilh, French dramatist (Ball of the Voleurs), dies at 77 (b. 1910)
  • 1989-05-24 Herwig Hensen [Flor Mielants], Flemish dramatist/poet, dies at 72
  • 1990-03-01 Claude Spaak, Belgian dramatist, dies
  • 1993-05-26 Carleton Morse, radio dramatist (One Man's Family), dies at 91
  • 1994-06-07 Dennis Potter, British TV dramatist (The Singing Detective, Karaoke, Midnight Movie), dies of cancer at 59
  • 1995-01-27 Jean Tardieu, French dramatist, dies at 91
  • 1995-12-02 Robertson Davies, Canadian novelist essayist/dramatist, dies at 82
  • 1995-12-30 Heiner Muller, dramatist, dies at 66
  • 1996-05-15 Claus Bremer, German dramatist, dies at 71
  • 1996-12-13 Cao Yu, Chinese dramatist (Peking Man), dies at 86