Dramatists in History

Famous Birthdays

  • 1543-10-23 Juan de la Cueva, Spanish dramatist
  • 1558-07-11 Robert Greene, Elizabethan dramatist (Friar Bacon)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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 Felix de Vega, dramatist/poet (Angelica, Arcadia), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1564-02-06 Christopher Marlowe, English poet/dramatist (Dr Faustus)
  • 1579-12-20 John Fletcher, Elizabethan dramatist (Phylaster) (baptized)
  • 1586-04-17 John Ford, English dramatist ('Tis Pity She's a Whore)
  • 1587-11-16 Joost van den Vondel, Dutch poet/dramatist (Jephtha), born in Cologne, Germany
  • 1600-01-17 Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Spanish dramatist, poet and writer of the Spanish Golden Age, born in Madrid (d. 1681)
  • 1604-05-10 Jean Mairet, French dramatist (d. 1686)
  • 1606-06-06 Pierre Corneille, French dramatist (El Cid, Horace)
  • 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 (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 (d. 1754)
  • 1685-06-30 John Gay, English poet and dramatist (The Beggar's Opera) (d. 1732)
  • 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 (d. 1786)
  • 1719-07-04 Michel-Jean Sedaine, French dramatist (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 (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)
  • 1749-01-13 Friedrich Müller, painter and dramatist (d. 1825)
  • 1750-07-28 Fabre d'Églantine French dramatist and politician, creator of the French Republican calendar (d. 1794)
  • 1761-05-03 August von Kotzebue, German dramatist (d. 1819)
  • 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)
  • 1791-12-24 A Eugene Scribe, French dramatist (Bertrand et Raton)
  • 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, Hungarian dramatist (d. 1878)
  • 1817-02-21 Jose Zorrilla y Moral, Vallodolid Spain, poet/dramatist (El rey Loco)
  • 1820-09-17 Émile Augier, French dramatist (d. 1889)
  • 1823-06-30 Hendrik Jan Schimmel, Dutch writer/dramatist (2 Tudors)
  • 1832-04-19 Jose Echegaray y Eizaguirre, mathematician/dramatist (Nobel 1904)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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
  • 1840-07-12 Abraham Goldfaden, Eastern European Yiddish dramatist
  • 1849-01-22 August Strindberg, Swedish dramatist/novelist (Apologia)
  • 1850-09-09 Harishchandra, India, poet/dramatist/father of modern Hindi
  • 1853-04-27 Jules Lemaître, French critic and dramatist (d. 1914)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

  • 1869-01-15 Stanisław Wyspiański, Polish dramatist (d. 1907)
  • 1871-04-16 John Millington Synge, Irish dramatist/poet (Riders to the Sea)
  • 1874-02-01 Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Austrian poet/dramatist/essayist
  • 1875-01-17 Florencio Sánchez, Uruguayan dramatist (d. 1910)
  • 1877-02-22 Yme C Schuitmaker, Dutch potato salesman/dramatist
  • 1877-11-25 Harley Granville-Barker, dramatist/producer/critic, born in London, England
  • 1881-03-13 Balthazar H Verhagen, Neth/South African dramatist/writer
  • 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/dramatist (Hassan)
  • 1886-06-24 George Shiels, Northern Irish dramatist (d. 1949)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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)
  • 1889-01-30 Jaishankar Prasad, Hindi poet, dramatist and novelist (d. 1937)
  • 1891-06-26 Sidney Coe Howard, American dramatist (Swords, Pulitzer 1925)
  • 1892-02-22 Edna St Vincent Millay, poet/dramatist/feminist (Harp Weaver-Pulitzer Prize), born in Rockland, Maine (d. 1950)
  • 1892-05-07 Archibald MacLeish, Glencoe Ill, polit essayist/poet/dramatist (JB)
  • 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, dramatist (Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Idiot's Delight)
  • 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/novelist (The Defeat), born in Bergen, Norway (d. 1943)
  • 1903-11-01 Jean Tardieu, French dramatist, born in St Germain de Joux (d. 1995)
  • 1906-07-18 Clifford Odets, American dramatist (1961 Award of Merit-Golden Boy)
  • 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)
  • 1912-11-26 Eugene Ionesco, Slatina Romania, dramatist (Rhinoceros)
  • 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 sailor/dramatist (Anne Frank)
  • 1916-11-08 Peter Weiss, German Swedish author/dramatist/novelist (Marat/Sade)
  • 1917-11-16 John Whiting, British dramatist/actor (Saint's Day)
  • 1923-01-29 Paddy Chayevsky, [Sydney], American dramatist (Marty, Hospital) (d. 1981)
  • 1923-06-15 Erland Josephson, actor/dramatist (Utflykt), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1924-07-11 Claus Bremer, German dramatist, born in Hamburg (d. 1996)
  • 1929-01-09 Heiner Muller, dramatist
  • 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)
  • 1933-01-01 Joe Orton, English actor and dramatist (Prick Up Your Ears), (d. 1967)
  • 1934-07-13 Wole Soyinka, Nigeria, dramatist (Road, Kongi's Harvest-Nobel 1986)
  • 1936-02-18 Marin Sorescu, poet/dramatist
  • 1940-01-04 Gao Xingjian, Chinese-born French novelist and dramatist, Nobel laureate
  • 1943-02-20 Mike Leigh, dramatist/director (High Hopes, Secrets & Lies)
  • 1957-10-30 Andy Archer, Scottish dramatist
  • 1960-03-28 Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, French author and dramatist

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding 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 (Tamburlaine the Great), stabbed to death in a pub brawl in Deptford.

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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
  • 1627-07-04 Thomas Middleton, Elizabethan dramatist (Women Beware Women), dies
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1679-10-26 Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery, British soldier, statesman, and dramatist (b. 1621)
  • 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, Fr lawyer/dramatist (El Cid, Polyeucte), dies at 42
  • 1686-01-31 Jean Mairet, French dramatist (b. 1604)
  • 1689-04-16 Aphra Behn, English dramatist (b. 1640)
  • 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, dies at 74
  • 1716-01-01 William Wycherley, dramatist (The Country Wife), dies at about 75
  • 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 (b. 1656)
  • 1723-12-01 Susanna Centlivre, English actress known as "the most successful female playwright of the eighteenth century", dies at 66 (approximately)
  • 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
  • 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 (b. 1680)
  • 1757-11-12 Colley Cibber, English actor, dramatist and Poet Laureate (1730-57), dies at 86
  • 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 (b. 1713)
  • 1792-05-12 Charles Simon Favart, French dramatist, dies at 81
  • 1797-05-17 Michel-Jean Sedaine, French dramatist (b. 1719)
  • 1799-05-18 Pierre de Beaumarchais, French polymath and dramatist (Figaro), dies at 67
  • 1811-07-28 Heinrich J von Collin, Austria dramatist/poet (Coriolan), dies
  • 1843-06-06 Friedrich Hölderlin, German poet and dramatist (b. 1770)
  • 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)
  • 1886-06-14 Alexandr Ostrovsky, Russian dramatist (b. 1823)
  • 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 J Schimmel, author/dramatist, dies
  • 1907-11-28 Stanisław Wyspiański, Polish dramatist, poet, painter, and architect (b. 1869)
  • 1909-03-24 John Millington Synge, Irish dramatist/playwright/poet, dies at 37

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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 (b. 1853)
  • 1918-12-02 Edmond Rostand, French poet and dramatist (b. 1868)
  • 1937-01-14 Jaishankar Prasad, Hindi poet, dramatist and novelist (b. 1889)
  • 1941-11-21 Henrietta Vinton Davis, African-American elocutionist, dramatist, impersonator and public speaker, dies at 81
  • 1943-12-02 Nordahl Grieg, Norwegian poet/dramatist/novelist (The Defeat), dies at 41
  • 1949-09-19 George Shiels, Irish dramatist (b. 1886)
  • 1950-09-29 Balthazar H Verhagen, Neth/South African dramatist/writer, dies
  • 1950-10-19 Edna St Vincent Millay, American poet/dramatist/feminist (Harp Weaver-Pulitzer Prize), dies at 58
  • 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, US dramatist (Key Largo, Bath Seed), dies at 70
  • 1961-09-16 Yme C Schuitmaker, potato farmer/dramatist, dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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 dramatist/actor (Devils), dies
  • 1973-04-30 Václav Renč, Czech poet, dramatist and translator (b. 1911)
  • 1974-09-04 Marcel Achard, French dramatist (La forges the Paris), dies at 75
  • 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/novelist/dramatist, 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
  • 1993-04-07 Max Croiset, Dutch actor/dramatist/director (Zeekant), dies at 80
  • 1993-05-26 Carleton Morse, radio dramatist (One Man's Family), dies at 91
  • 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
  • 1996-12-08 Marin Sorescu, poet/dramatist, dies at 60
  • 1996-12-13 Cao Yu, Chinese dramatist (Peking Man), dies at 86
  • 2001-11-06 Anthony Shaffer, English dramatist (Sleuth), dies at 75
  • 2004-09-28 Victor Rosow, Russian dramatist, dies at 91
  • 2007-12-24 Akbar Radi, Iranian dramatist and playwright (b. 1939)
  • 2015-10-02 Brian Friel, Irish dramatist "Irish Chekhov" (Dancing at Lughnasa), dies at 86