Dramatists in History (Part 2)

Famous Birthdays

  • 1933-01-01 Joe Orton, British actor and dramatist (Prick Up Your Ears), born in Leicester, England (d. 1967)

Person of interestWole Soyinka

1934-07-13 Wole Soyinka, Nigerian playwright and poet (Road, Kongi's Harvest-Nobel 1986), born in Abeokuta, near Ibadan, Nigeria

Playwright Wole Soyinka
Wole Soyinka
  • 1935-05-17 Dennis Potter, British TV dramatist (The Singing Detective, Karaoke, Midnight Movie), born in Gloucestershire, England (d. 1994)
  • 1940-01-04 Gao Xingjian, Chinese-born French novelist and dramatist, Nobel laureate
  • 1943-02-20 Mike Leigh, dramatist/director (High Hopes, Secrets & Lies)
  • 1960-03-28 Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, French author and dramatist (Concerto to the Memory of an Angel), born in Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon, Rhône

Famous Weddings

Famous Deaths

  • 2001-11-06 Anthony Shaffer, English dramatist (Sleuth), dies at 75
  • 2004-09-28 Victor Rosow, Russian dramatist, dies at 91
  • 2005-01-29 Ephraim Kishon, Israeli author, dramatist, screenwriter, and Oscar-nominated film director, dies at 80
  • 2007-12-24 Akbar Radi, Iranian dramatist and playwright (b. 1939)
  • 2012-02-25 Erland Josephson, Swedish actor, dramatist and author (The Sacrifice, Utflykt), dies of Parkinson's disease at 88
  • 2015-10-02 Brian Friel, Irish dramatist "Irish Chekhov" (Dancing at Lughnasa), dies at 86