Playwrights in History

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1593-05-18 Playwright Thomas Kyd's accusations of heresy lead to an arrest warrant for Christopher Marlowe

Dramatist and Playwright Thomas Kyd
Dramatist and Playwright
Thomas Kyd

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1598-09-22 Playwright and poet Ben Jonson is indicted for manslaughter as the result of a duel

Playwright and Poet Ben Jonson
Playwright and Poet
Ben Jonson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1778-03-30 Playwright Voltaire crowned with laurel wreath

Enlightenment Philosopher Voltaire
Enlightenment Philosopher
Voltaire

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1793-11-03 French playwright, journalist and feminist Olympe de Gouges is guillotined

Playwright and Revolutionary Olympe de Gouges
Playwright and Revolutionary
Olympe de Gouges

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

1925-12-10 Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw awarded Nobel Prize for Literature

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

1986-10-16 Wole Soyinka, Nigerian playwright and poet, becomes the first African to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature

Playwright Wole Soyinka
Playwright
Wole Soyinka
  • 1995-11-10 In Nigeria, playwright and environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa along with eight others from the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (Mosop) are hanged by government forces
  • 1997-10-09 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Italian playwright Dario Fo
  • 2004-09-04 Dramatic film "Finding Neverland" about playwright J. M. Barrie's relationship with a family who inspired his creation of Peter Pan, premieres at the Venice Film Festival
  • 2021-05-27 English playwright William Shakespeare reported to have died after receiving COVID-19 vaccine by Argentine news channel Chanal 26 (case of mistaken identity, the Bard died in 1616)

Famous Birthdays

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Person of interestEuripides

0480-09-23 BC Euripides, Greek playwright (Medea), born in Salamis, Greece (d. 406 BC)

Greek Playwright Euripides
Greek Playwright
Euripides
  • 1461-02-06 Džore Držić, Croatian poet and playwright who is considered one of the fathers of Croatian literature, born in Dubrovnik, Croatia (d. 1501)
  • 1494-11-05 Hans Sachs, German composer, playwright, and shoemaker, born in Nürnberg (d. 1576)
  • 1495-11-21 John Bale, English bishop and anti-catholic playwright (Kynge Johan), born in Cove, Suffolk, England (d. 1563)

Person of interestWilliam Shakespeare

1564-04-23 William Shakespeare, English Poet and playwright (Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth), born in Stratford upon Avon, (d. 1616) traditionally regarded as his birthdate,

Person of interestBen Jonson

1572-06-11 Ben Jonson, English playwright and poet (Volpone, Alchemist), born in London (d. 1637)

Playwright and Poet Ben Jonson
Playwright and Poet
Ben Jonson
  • 1574-09-16 Samuel Coster, Dutch physician and playwright (Polyxena), born in Amsterdam (d. 1665)
  • 1576-10-07 John Marston, English poet and playwright (d. 1634)
  • 1578-02-09 Giambattista Andreini, Italian playwright and actor (L'adamo), born in Florence (d. 1654)
  • 1579-12-20 John Fletcher, Jacobean playwright, born in Rye, United Kingdom
  • 1580-04-18 Thomas Middleton, English playwright (A Game at Chess), born in London (d. 1627)
  • 1585-03-16 Gerbrant A Bredero, Holland, poet/playwright (Klucht van de Koe)
  • 1589-02-05 Honorat de Brueil seigneur de Racan, French playwright/poet
  • 1607-10-04 Francisco de Rojas Zorrilla, Spanish playwright (Del Rey Abajo Ninguno), born in Toledo (d. 1648)
  • 1612-02-07 Thomas Killigrew, English humorist/playwright/leader (King's Men)
  • 1615-03-06 Jan Zoet, Dutch actor, author, playwright and poet (Parnasssus aan 't Y), born in Flanders, Belgium (d. 1674)
  • 1619-03-06 Cyrano de Bergerac, French playwright (Voyage to the Moon), known for his large nose
  • 1622-01-15 Molière [Jean-Baptiste Poquelin], French playwright (The Misanthrope), born in Paris, Kingdom of France (d. 1673)
  • 1625-08-20 Thomas Corneille, French playwright (Timocrates), born in Rouen, France (d. 1709)
  • 1635-05-05 Philippe Quinault, French playwright (L'amant indiscreet), born in Paris (d. 1688)
  • 1638-01-01 Antoinette du Ligier de la Guard Deshoulieres, French poet/playwright
  • 1640-12-14 Aphra Behn, English playwright and novelist, baptized in Canterbury, England (d. 1689)
  • 1652-03-03 Thomas Otway, England, playwright/poet (Venice Preserved)
  • 1664-11-16 Abraham Alewijn, Dutch poet and playwright (Puiterveense Helleveeg), born in Amsterdam (d. 1721)
  • 1670-01-24 William Congreve, English playwright (d. 1729)
  • 1671-04-06 Jean-Baptiste Rousseau, French playwright/poet (Sacred Odes & Songs)
  • 1674-01-13 Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon, French tragic poet and playwright (Rhadamiste et Zénobie), born in Dijon, France (d. 1762)
  • 1674-06-20 Nicholas Rowe, English poet and playwright (Tamerlane), Poet Laureate (1715-18), born in Little Barford, Bedfordshire (d. 1718)
  • 1683-07-25 Pieter Langendijk, Dutch painter, etcher and playwright (Wiskunstenaars), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1756)
  • 1685-02-10 Aaron Hill, English playwright/poet (Tragedy of Zara)

Person of interestVoltaire

1694-11-21 Voltaire [Francois-Marie Arouet], French writer, philosopher and playwright (Candide), born in Paris (d. 1778)

Enlightenment Philosopher Voltaire
Enlightenment Philosopher
Voltaire
  • 1697-01-16 Richard Savage, English poet and playwright (d. 1743) date not proven
  • 1707-02-25 Carlo Goldoni, Italian playwright and librettist (Belisario, Servant of Two Masters), born in Venice, Republic of Venice (d. 1793)
  • 1720-01-17 Jean-Joseph Vadé, French songwriter, poet, and playwright, born in Ham, France (d. 1757)
  • 1728-01-06 Domingos dos Reis Quita, Portuguese playwright & poet, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1770)
  • 1728-04-19 Francisco Albergati Capacelli, Italian writer and playwright, born in Bologna (d. 1804)
  • 1731-09-02 Johann F von Cronegk, German playwright (Olint und Sophronia)
  • 1746-11-15 Joseph Quesnel, French Canadian composer and playwright (Colas et Colinette), born in Saint-Malo, France (d. 1809)

Person of interestOlympe de Gouges

1748-05-07 Olympe de Gouges [Marie Gouze], French playwright and revolutionary (Declaration of the Rights of Woman and of the Female Citizen), born in Montauban, France (d. 1793)

Playwright and Revolutionary Olympe de Gouges
Playwright and Revolutionary
Olympe de Gouges
  • 1751-04-09 Emanuel Schikaneder, German playwright and composer, born in Straubing, Germany (d. 1812)
  • 1751-10-30 Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Irish playwright (The Rivals, The School for Scandal) and Whig MP, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1816)
  • 1752-02-17 Friedrich M Klinger, German playwright (Wirrwarr)
  • 1759-05-06 François Andrieux, French playwright, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1833)
  • 1762-09-11 Joanna Baillie, Scottish poet and playwright, born in Bothwell, Scotland (d. 1851)
  • 1782-09-25 Charles Robert Maturin, Irish playwright and novelist, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1824)
  • 1790-06-01 Ferdinand Raimund, Austrian playwright (d. 1836)
  • 1791-06-09 John Howard Payne, American actor, playwright (Fair Warning), author and creator of the hit song "Home! Sweet Home!", born in NYC, New York (d. 1852)
  • 1795-01-15 Alexandr Griboyedov, Russian playwright, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1829)
  • 1796-12-19 Manuel Breton de los Herreros, Quel Spain, poet/comic playwright
  • 1798-01-24 Karl von Holtei, Silesian actor, playwright and author (Die Vagabunden), born in Poland (d. 1880)
  • 1799-02-04 Joao Batista da Silva Leitao de Almeida Garret, Portuguese playwright
  • 1801-12-07 Johann Nestroy, Austrian actor, singer and playwright (Judith und Holofernes), born in Ratibor, Silesia (d. 1862)
  • 1802-01-13 Eduard von Bauernfeld, comedic playwright, born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1803-01-03 Douglas William Jerrold, author/playwright/wit (Punch Mag), born in London, England
  • 1807-04-20 (Louis) "Aloysius" Bertrand, French poet (Gaspard de la Nuit - Gaspard of the Night), and playwright, born in Ceva, Piedmont, France (now in Italy) (d. 1841)
  • 1808-02-04 Josef Kajetán Tyl, Czech playwright, author of the Czech national anthem(d. 1856)
  • 1813-10-17 Georg Büchner, German playwright (d. 1837)
  • 1815-05-05 Eugène Marin Labiche, French playwright (The Italian Straw Hat), born in Paris (d. 1888)
  • 1817-08-24 Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, Russian novelist, poet and playwright (Prince Serebrenni), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1875)
  • 1818-11-09 Ivan Turgenev, Russian novelist, poet and playwright (Fathers & Sons), born in Oryol, Russian Empire (d. 1883)
  • 1820-01-22 Hermann von Lingg, German playwright/poet
  • 1821-09-24 Cyprian Norwid, Polish painter, poet and playwright (Wanda), born in Głuchy, Poland (d. 1883)

Person of interestDion Boucicault

1822-12-26 Dion Boucicault [Dionysus Lardner Boursiquot], Irish actor and playwright (Rip van Winkle, London Assurance), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1890)

Actor and Playwright Dion Boucicault
Actor and Playwright
Dion Boucicault
  • 1823-04-12 Aleksandr Ostrovsky [Alexander Ostrovsky], Russian playwright (Artists & Admirers), born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1886)
  • 1828-03-01 Vittorio Bersezio [Carlo Nugelli], Italian playwright

Person of interestHenrik Ibsen

1828-03-20 Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian playwright (Peer Gynt, Hedda Gabler), born in Skien, Norway (d. 1906)

Playwright Henrik Ibsen
Playwright
Henrik Ibsen
  • 1829-01-09 Thomas William Robertson, England, playwright (Caste)
  • 1833-09-30 Ferdinand von Saar, Austrian novelist, playwright and poet, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1906)
  • 1833-11-10 Dobri Voynikov, Bulgarian teacher, playwright and journalist (The Phoney Civilization), born in Şumnu, Ottoman Empire (d. 1878)
  • 1834-01-01 Ludovic Halévy, French playwright (d. 1908)
  • 1838-07-20 Augustin Daly, American playwright and theatrical manager, born in Plymouth, North Carolina (d. 1899)
  • 1839-01-04 Casimiro de Abreu, Brazil, poet (Meus oito anos), novelist and playwright (Camoes e o jau), born in Casimiro de Abreu, Rio de Janeiro, Empire of Brazil (d. 1860)
  • 1839-02-01 James A Herne [J Aherne], US playwright (Hearts of Oak)
  • 1839-06-03 Paul Lindau, German playwright/critic (Der Herr im Hause)
  • 1839-11-29 Ludwig Anzengruber, Austrian playwright (Der Schandfleck)
  • 1840-07-12 Abraham Goldfaden, Russian-born Jewish poet and playwright (Shulamis), born in Starokostiantyniv, Russian Empire (d. 1908)
  • 1841-09-13 Johannes de Koo, Dutch journalist and playwright, born in Middelie, Netherlands (d. 1909)
  • 1842-06-06 Steele MacKaye [James Morrison Steele MacKaye], American playwright and actor (Spectatorium, Paul Kauvar), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1894)
  • 1844-03-19 Minna Canth, Finland, playwright (The Pastor's Family) and social activist
  • 1845-02-03 Ernest von Wildenbruch, German playwright (Sedan)
  • 1846-02-18 Wilson Barrett, British manager, actor, and playwright (The Sign of the Cross), born in Essex, England (d. 1904)
  • 1846-05-08 Oscar Hammerstein, German opera and playwright (Kohinoor), born in Stettin, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1919)
  • 1847-10-21 Guiseppe Giacosa, Italian playwright and librettist (Puccini's La Bohème; Madama Butterfly, and Tosca), born in Colleretto Parella, Kingdom of Sardinia (now Italy) (d. 1906)
  • 1848-02-04 [Francois-Victor-]Jean Aicard, Fren playwright/poet (Jeune Croyances)
  • 1849-11-24 Frances Hodgson Burnett, British-American playwright and children's author ("The Secret Garden"), born in Manchester (d. 1924)
  • 1850-06-27 Ivan Vazov, Bulgarian poet, novelist and playwright (Under the Yoke), born in Sopot, Bulgaria (d. 1921)
  • 1851-01-25 Arne Garborg, Norwegian writer & playwright (Bondestudentar), born in Jæren, Norway (d. 1924)
  • 1851-09-28 Henry Arthur Jones, English playwright (Judah), born in Grandborough, Buckinghamshire, England (d. 1929)
  • 1852-01-29 Ion Luca Caragiale, Romanian actor and playwright (O Noapte Furtunoasa), born in Haimanalele, Ploiesti, Romania (d. 1912)
  • 1852-02-21 [James] Burner Matthews, US playwright/critic (NY Times)
  • 1852-03-05 Isabella Gregory, Irish writer/playwright (Golden Apple)
  • 1852-03-15 Augusta, Lady Gregory, Irish playwright, poet and patron of Yates, born in Roxborough, County Galway
  • 1853-04-30 Alfred Berger, Austrian playwright, born in Vienna (d. 1912)
  • 1853-07-23 William Gillette, American stage and silent film actor (Sherlock Holmes), and playwright (Secret Service), born in Hartford, Connecticut, (d. 1937)
  • 1855-05-24 Arthur Wing Pinero, English actor and playwright, born in London (d. 1934)
  • 1858-01-19 Eugene Brieux, French playwright (Blanchette, Lesson Avaries)
  • 1858-06-25 Georges Courteline [Moineau], French playwright, born in Tours, France (d. 1929)
  • 1858-11-25 Alfred Capus, French journalist and playwright, born in Aix-en-Provence, France (d. 1922)
  • 1858-12-23 Vladimir Nemirovitch-Dantshenko, Russian playwright (Life in Russian Theater), born in Shemokmedi , Georgia (d. 1943)
  • 1859-03-02 Sholem Aleichem [Solomon Rabinowitz], Yiddish author and playwright (Fiddler on the Roof, Tevye the Dairyman), born in Pereyaslav, Russian Empire (d. 1916)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

1582-11-28 Playwright and poet William Shakespeare (18) marries Anne Hathaway (26) (date of the marriage license)

LoveWedding of Interest

1846-09-12 Poet and playwright Robert Browning (34) weds fellow poet Elizabeth Barrett (40) at Marylebone Church in London

  • 1850-03-14 French writer and playwright Honoré de Balzac marries Ewelina Hańska in Berdyczów, Ukraine

LoveWedding of Interest

1858-06-18 Norwegian modernist playwright "The Doll's House" Henrik Ibsen (30) marries Suzannah Thoresen (21) in Oslo

Playwright Henrik Ibsen
Playwright
Henrik Ibsen

LoveWedding of Interest

1896-06-01 Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw (41) marries Charlotte Frances Payne-Townshend (41) in Covent Garden, London.

LoveWedding of Interest

1909-10-02 American Playwright Eugene O'Neill (20) marries 1st wife Kathleen Jenkins

Playwright Eugene O'Neill
Playwright
Eugene O'Neill
  • 1917-10-21 Irish poet and playwright William Butler Yeats (52) weds Georgie Hyde-Lees (25)
  • 1918-04-12 American Playwright Eugene O'Neill marries second wife novelist Agnes Boulton
  • 1928-06-15 "King Kong" actress Fay Wray (20) weds playwright-screenwriter John Monk Saunders (30)
  • 1929-07-22 American Playwright Eugene O'Neill (40) marries 3rd wife actress Carlotta Monterey (40)
  • 1932-12-05 "East of Eden" director Elia Kazan (23) weds playwright Molly Day Thatcher (25)
  • 1942-08-23 "King Kong" actress Fay Wray (34) weds screenwriter and playwright Robert Riskin (45)

LoveWedding of Interest

1946-08-10 Playwright Moss Hart (41) weds singer and actress Kitty Carlisle (35)

Playwright Moss Hart
Playwright
Moss Hart

LoveWedding of Interest

1955-02-16 Playwright Brendan Behan (32) weds Beatrice Salkeld at Donnybrook Church in Dublin, Ireland

Irish Poet and Playwright Brendan Behan
Irish Poet and Playwright
Brendan Behan

LoveWedding of Interest

1956-06-29 Actress and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe (30) weds for the 3rd time, this time marrying playwright Arthur Miller (40) at White Plains Court House in White Plains, New York

Actress Marilyn Monroe
Actress
Marilyn Monroe
Playwright Arthur Miller
Playwright
Arthur Miller

LoveWedding of Interest

1956-09-14 British playwright (Nobel prize for literature 2005) Harold Pinter (26) marries 1st wife actress Vivien Merchant (27)

Playwright Harold Pinter
Playwright
Harold Pinter

LoveWedding of Interest

1961-03-25 Playwright Samuel Beckett (54) weds Suzanne Dechevaux-Dumesnil on a secret civil ceremony in England

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett

LoveWedding of Interest

1965-03-26 Playwright Tom Stoppard (28) weds nurse Josie Ingle

Playwright and Screenwriter Tom Stoppard
Playwright and Screenwriter
Tom Stoppard

LoveWedding of Interest

1973-10-25 American playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon (46) weds actress Marsha Mason (31)

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon

LoveWedding of Interest

1975-08-23 Actress Maggie Smith (40) weds playwright Beverley Cross (44) at the Guildford Register Office in Surrey, England

Actress Maggie Smith
Actress
Maggie Smith

LoveWedding of Interest

1977-12-21 American Jewish playwright and screenwriter "Glengarry Glen Ross" David Mamet marries 1st wife actress Lindsay Crouse

Playwright David Mamet
Playwright
David Mamet
  • 1980-11-27 British playwright (Nobel prize for literature 2005) Harold Pinter (50) marries 2nd wife British writer and historian Antonia Frazer (48)
  • 1991-09-22 American Jewish playwright and screenwriter David Mamet marries 2nd wife, English actress Rebecca Pidgeon
  • 1999-07-10 "It Could Happen To You" actress Rosie Perez (34) weds playwright and screenwriter Seth Zvi Rosenfeld (37) in Brooklyn, New York
  • 2014-06-07 Playwright Tom Stoppard (76) weds brewery heiress Sabrina Guinness on an intimate register office ceremony in East Dorset, England

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1929-07-03 American Playwright Eugene O'Neill divorces second wife novelist Agnes Boulton after 11 years of marriage

Playwright Eugene O'Neill
Playwright
Eugene O'Neill

Famous Deaths

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  • 1384-06-08 Kan'ami [Yūsaki Kiyotsugu], Japanese actor, playwright, musician and co-founder of Noh drama, dies at 51
  • 1501-09-25 Džore Držić, Croatian poet and playwright who is considered one of the fathers of Croatian literature, dies at 40
  • 1556-12-23 Nicholas Udall, English playwright (wrote the 1st comedy in English "Ralph Roister Doister") dies at about 52
  • 1567-05-02 Marin Drzic, Croatian playwright (Dundo Maroje), dies
  • 1616-03-06 Francis Beaumont, Elizabethan playwright, dies (birth date unknown)

Person of interestWilliam Shakespeare

1616-04-23 William Shakespeare, English poet and playwright (b. 1564) (Julian calendar) dies aged 52

  • 1618-08-23 Gerbrant A Bredero, poet/playwright (Moortje), dies at 33
  • 1623-08-06 Anne Hathaway, wife of English playwright William Shakespeare, dies aged 66 or 67
  • 1627-07-04 Thomas Middleton, English playwright (A Game at Chess), dies at 47
  • 1634-06-25 John Marston, English poet and playwright (b. 1576)
  • 1635-08-27 Lope Félix de Vega Carpio, Spanish playwright and poet (Angelica, Arcadia), dies at 72

Person of interestBen Jonson

1637-08-06 Ben Jonson, English playwright and poet, dies at 65

Playwright and Poet Ben Jonson
Playwright and Poet
Ben Jonson
  • 1639-08-04 Juan R Alarcon y Mendoza, Mexican/Spanish playwright, dies at 58
  • 1647-05-21 Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft, Dutch poet and playwright (Warenar), dies at about 65
  • 1648-01-23 Francisco de Rojas Zorrilla, Spanish playwright (Del Rey Abajo Ninguno), dies at 40
  • 1654-06-07 Giambattista Andreini, Italian playwright and actor (L'adamo), dies at 76
  • 1661-10-28 Agustín Moreto y Cavana, Spanish playwright (b. 1518)
  • 1670-01-21 Honorat de Brueil seigneur de Racan, French playwright, dies at 80
  • 1673-02-17 Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin], French playwright (The Misanthrope), dies of pulmonary tuberculosis at 51
  • 1673-12-15 Margaret Cavendish, English poet, playwright and philosopher (early science fiction work The Blazing World), dies at about 50
  • 1674-01-11 Jan Zoet, Dutch actor, author, playwright and poet (Parnasssus aan 't Y), dies at 58
  • 1688-11-26 Philippe Quinault, French playwright (L'amant Indiscreet), dies at 53
  • 1692-11-19 Thomas Shadwell, English poet and playwright (2nd Poet Laureate 1689-92), dies at about 50
  • 1700-05-01 John Dryden, English poet and playwright, first Poet Laureate (1668-1688), dies at 68
  • 1701-08-20 Charles Sedley, English playwright (b. 1639)
  • 1715-08-12 Nahum Tate, English poet/playwright/poet laureate, dies
  • 1721-10-04 Abraham Alewijn, Dutch poet and playwright (Beslikte Swaantje), dies at 36
  • 1723-02-26 Thomas d'Urfey, English songwriter and playwright (b. 1653)
  • 1723-12-01 Susanna Centlivre, English actress known as "the most successful female playwright of the eighteenth century", dies at 66 (approximately)
  • 1724-02-12 Elkanah Settle, English poet and playwright, dies at 76
  • 1725-01-06 Chikamatsu Monzaemon, Japanese playwright (Yotsugi Soga), dies at about 71
  • 1726-03-26 John Vanbrugh, Dutch English playwright (Provoked Wife), dies at 62
  • 1743-04-30 Pedro de Peralta y Barnuevo, Peruvian poet (Obras Dramaticas), dies at 79
  • 1743-08-01 Richard Savage, English poet and playwright, dies at about 46
  • 1756-07-09 Pieter Langendijk, Dutch painter, etcher and playwright (Wiskunstenaars), dies at 72
  • 1757-07-04 Jean-Joseph Vadé, French songwriter, poet, and playwright, dies at 38
  • 1758-01-01 Johann Friedrich von Cronegk, German playwright (Codrus), dies at 26
  • 1762-06-17 Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon, French tragic poet and playwright (Rhadamiste et Zénobie), dies at 88
  • 1770-08-26 Domingos dos Reis Quita, Portuguese playwright/poet, dies at 42

Person of interestVoltaire

1778-05-30 Voltaire [Francois-Marie Arouet], French writer, philosopher and playwright (Candide), dies at 83

Enlightenment Philosopher Voltaire
Enlightenment Philosopher
Voltaire
  • 1781-02-15 Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Saxon playwright/critic, dies at 52
  • 1793-02-06 Carlo Goldoni, Italian playwright and librettist (Belisario, Servant of Two Masters), dies at 85

BattleOlympe de Gouges

1793-11-03 Olympe de Gouges [Marie Gouze], French playwright and revolutionary (Declaration of the Rights of Woman and of the Female Citizen), executed by guillotine at 45

Playwright and Revolutionary Olympe de Gouges
Playwright and Revolutionary
Olympe de Gouges
  • 1794-08-14 George Colman the Elder, English playwright, dies at 62
  • 1804-03-16 Francisco marquis Albergati Capacelli, Italian playwright, dies at 75
  • 1805-05-09 Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller, German poet & playwright, dies at 45
  • 1809-07-03 Joseph Quesnel, French-Canadian composer and playwright (Colas et Colinette), dies at 62
  • 1811-11-21 Heinrich W von Kleist, German playwright, dies at 34
  • 1816-07-07 Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Irish playwright (The Rivals, The School for Scandal) and Whig MP, dies at 64
  • 1823-01-17 Zacharius Werner, German playwright, dies at 36
  • 1829-02-11 Alexandr Griboyedov, Russian playwright (b. 1795)
  • 1833-05-10 François Andrieux, French playwright, dies at 74
  • 1836-09-05 Ferdinand Raimund, Austrian playwright (b. 1790)
  • 1837-02-19 Georg Büchner, German playwright (b. 1813)
  • 1841-04-29 (Louis) "Aloysius" Bertrand, French poet (Gaspard de la Nuit - Gaspard of the Night), and playwright, dies of tuberculosis at 34
  • 1851-02-23 Joanna Baillie, Scottish poet and playwright, dies at 88
  • 1852-04-09 John Howard Payne, American actor, playwright (Fair Warning), author and creator of the hit song "Home! Sweet Home!", dies at 60
  • 1855-01-10 Mary Russell Mitford, English playwright and poet (Julian), dies at 67
  • 1857-06-08 Douglas William Jerrold, British playwright and satirist (b. 1803)
  • 1860-09-18 Casimiro de Abreu, Brazil, poet (Meus oito anos), novelist and playwright (Camoes e o jau), dies at 21
  • 1862-05-25 Johann Nestroy, Austrian actor, singer and playwright (Judith und Holofernes), dies at 60
  • 1872-01-21 Franz Grillparzer, Austrian playwright (Sappho/Libussa), dies at 81
  • 1873-11-08 Manuel Breton de los Herreros, Span poet/comic playwright, dies at 76
  • 1878-03-27 Dobri Voynikov, Bulgarian teacher, playwright and journalist (The Phoney Civilization), dies at 44
  • 1880-02-12 Karl von Holtei, Silesian actor, playwright and author (Die Vagabunden), dies at 82
  • 1883-05-23 Cyprian Norwid, Polish painter, poet and playwright (Wanda), dies at 61
  • 1883-09-03 Ivan Turgenev, Russian novelist, poet and playwright (Fathers & Sons), dies from a spinal tumour at 64
  • 1886-06-14 Aleksandr Ostrovsky [Alexander Ostrovsky], Russian playwright (Artists & Admirers), dies at 63
  • 1888-01-23 Eugène Marin Labiche, French playwright (The Italian Straw Hat), dies at 72
  • 1889-12-10 Ludwig Anzengruber, Austrian playwright, dies at 50

Person of interestDion Boucicault

1890-09-18 Dion Boucicault [Dionysus Lardner Boursiquot], Irish actor and playwright (Rip van Winkle, London Assurance), dies at 67

Actor and Playwright Dion Boucicault
Actor and Playwright
Dion Boucicault
  • 1894-02-25 Steele MacKaye [James Morrison Steele MacKaye], American playwright and actor (Spectatorium, Paul Kauvar), dies at 51
  • 1897-05-12 Ulrika "Minna" Cant-Johnstown, Finnish playwright, dies at 53
  • 1899-06-07 Augustin Daly, American playwright and theatrical manager, dies at 60
  • 1900-01-30 Vittorio Bersezio [Carlo Nugelli], Italian playwright, dies at 71

Person of interestOscar Wilde

1900-11-30 Oscar Wilde, Irish playwright and novelist (Importance of Being Earnest), dies in Paris at 46

Writer and Poet Oscar Wilde
Writer and Poet
Oscar Wilde
  • 1901-06-02 James A Herne [J Aherne], US playwright (Margaret Fleming), dies
  • 1904-07-22 Wilson Barrett, British manager, actor, and playwright (The Sign of the Cross), dies at 58

Person of interestHenrik Ibsen

1906-05-23 Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian playwright (Doll House, Peer Gynt), dies at 78

Playwright Henrik Ibsen
Playwright
Henrik Ibsen
  • 1908-01-09 Abraham Goldfaden, Russian-born Jewish poet and playwright (Shulamis), dies at 67
  • 1909-01-15 Ernest von Wildenbruch, German playwright (Das Edle Blut), dies at 63
  • 1909-05-10 Johannes de Koo, Dutch journalist and playwright, dies at 67
Playwright Clyde Fitch
Playwright
Clyde Fitch
  • 1912-06-09 Ion Luca Caragiale, Romanian actor and playwright (O Noapte Furtunoasa), dies at 60
  • 1912-08-24 Alfred Berger, Austrian playwright, dies at 59
  • 1913-05-17 Dwijendralal Ray, Bengali poet, playwright and lyricist (Dwijendrageeti), dies of epilepsy at 49
  • 1915-09-02 August Stramm, German poet and playwright dies in battle during WWI at 41
  • 1916-05-13 Sholem Aleichem [Solomon Rabinowitz], Yiddish author and playwright (Fiddler on the Roof, Tevye the Dairyman), dies of tuberculosis at 57
  • 1917-04-24 Oskar Blumenthal, German playwright and critic, dies at 65
  • 1918-02-09 Emiel van der Straeten, Flemish playwright (Sudanese legends), dies at 30

Person of interestFrank Wedekind

1918-03-09 Frank Wedekind, German actor and playwright (The "Lulu" plays), dies at 53

Actor and Playwright Frank Wedekind
Actor and Playwright
Frank Wedekind
  • 1918-08-08 Gertrude E Durden Rush, American composer/playwright, dies at 38
  • 1919-01-31 Paul Lindau, German playwright/critic (Estimate), dies at 79
  • 1921-06-05 Georges Feydeau, French playwright (Chat and Poche), dies at 58
  • 1921-09-22 Ivan Vazov, Bulgarian poet, novelist and playwright (Under the Yoke), dies at 71
  • 1922-06-28 Velimir Khlebnikov, Russian poet and playwright, dies at 36
  • 1922-11-01 Alfred Capus, French journalist and playwright, dies at 63
  • 1922-11-19 Frank Bacon, American playwright, actor and author (Lightnin'), dies from a heart attack at 58
  • 1924-01-14 Arne Garborg, Norwegian playwright (Mannfolk), dies at 72
  • 1924-02-09 Nils Kjær, Norwegian playwright (Det Lykkelige Valg), dies at 53

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