Playwrights in History (Part 4)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 434

  • 1924-12-20 Errol John, Trinidadian actor & playwright (A Man from the Sun, The Nun's Story, Assault on a Queen), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 1988)
  • 1925-01-08 James Saunders, English playwright (Ark), born in Islington, London (d. 2004)
  • 1925-02-07 Arthur Berry, English artist and playwright, born in Smallthorne, Stoke-on-Trent (d. 1994)
  • 1925-08-19 Claude Gauvreau, Canadian playwright (d. 1971)
  • 1925-09-05 Jos Vandeloo, Flemish journalist and playwright (Cola Drinkers), born in Zonhoven, Belgium (d. 2015)
  • 1925-12-19 Tankred Dorst, German playwright, born in Oberlind
  • 1926-03-24 Dario Fo, Italian playwright and performer (Nobel Prize Literature 1997), born in Sangiano (d. 2016)
  • 1926-05-15 Anthony Shaffer, Engish playwright (Sleuth), twin brother to Peter, born in Liverpool (d. 2001)

Person of interestPeter Shaffer

1926-05-15 Peter Shaffer, English playwright (Equus, Amadeus), twin brother to Anthony, born in Liverpool (d. 2016)

Playwright Peter Shaffer
Playwright
Peter Shaffer
  • 1926-07-30 Peter Trevenen Thwaites, British Brigadier General and playwright (Love or money) (d. 1991)
  • 1926-11-25 Murray Schisgal, playwright (Luv)
  • 1927-06-12 Henry Slesar, American writer and playwright (The Edge of Night), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1927-06-30 James Goldman, American screenwriter and playwright (The Lion in Winter, They Might Be Giants), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1998)

Person of interestNeil Simon

1927-07-04 Neil Simon, American playwright (The Odd Couple, Plaza Suite, Biloxi Blues), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2018)

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • 1927-07-15 Ann Jellicoe, British theater director and playwright (Knack), born in Middlesborough
  • 1927-08-09 Robert Shaw, British actor, novelist, and playwright (Deep, Jaws, Sting, Black Sunday), born in Westhoughton, Lancashire (d. 1978)

Person of interestGünter Grass

1927-10-16 Günter Grass, German writer and playwright (The Tin Drum) and Nobel Prize laureate (1999), born in Danzig

Writer and playwright Günter Grass
Writer and playwright
Günter Grass
  • 1927-12-28 Simon Raven, English playwright/critic (Alms for Oblivion)
  • 1928-02-08 Jack Larson, American actor (The Adventures of Superman -"Jimmy Olsen"), screenwriter, and librettist (Virgil Thomson's "Lord Byron"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • 1928-02-25 Larry Gelbart, American television writer, playwright, director and author, best known as creator and producer of M*A*S*H, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2009)

Person of interestEdward Albee

1928-03-12 Edward Albee, American playwright (Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf?), born in Virginia (d. 2016)

Playwright Edward Albee
Playwright
Edward Albee
  • 1928-03-21 Peter Hacks, German playwright (Tie Windloch)
  • 1928-06-30 Frank Marcus, German playwright and critic, born in Breslau, Silesia, Germany (d. 1996)
  • 1928-12-13 W Gordon Smith, Scottish playwright, born in Edinburgh (d. 1996)
  • 1929-06-06 Bogusław Schaffer, Polish composer and playwright, born in Lviv, Ukraine (d. 2019) [1]
  • 1929-10-24 Yordan Radichkov, Bulgarian writer and playwright (The Tied Up Balloon), born in Kalimanitza, Montana region, Bulgaria (d. 2004)
  • 1929-12-12 John Osborne, English playwright (Entertainer, Look Back in Anger, Luther), born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1930-01-03 Marcel Dubé, Quebec playwright
  • 1930-04-11 Clive Exton, British scriptwriter and playwright, born in Islington, London
  • 1930-05-19 Lorraine Hansberry, playwright (Raisin in the Sun)

Person of interestHarold Pinter

1930-10-10 Harold Pinter, British playwright (The Homecoming, Servant), born in London, England (d. 2008)

Playwright Harold Pinter
Playwright
Harold Pinter
  • 1930-10-26 John Arden, English novelist and playwright (Left Handed Liberty), born in Barnsley, England (d. 2012)
  • 1930-11-01 A. R. Gurney, American playwright (The Dining Room), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1931-01-16 Vladimír Škutina, Czechoslovakian writer and actor (Hvezda jede na jih), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 1995)
  • 1931-02-10 Thomas Bernhard, Austrian novelist, playwright and poet whose work some describe as "the most significant literary achievement since World War II", born in Heerlen, Netherlands (d. 1989)
  • 1931-03-10 Georges Dor, Quebec author, playwright, singer and songwriter (d. 2001)
  • 1931-04-01 Rolf Hochhuth, German playwright (Der Stellvertreter), born in Eschwege, Germany (d. 2020)
  • 1931-04-10 Marcel van Maele, Belgian poet and playwright, born in Bruges, Belgium (d. 2009)
  • 1931-04-13 Beverley Cross, English playwright, born in London
  • 1932-04-12 Jack Gelber, American playwright (The Connection, Apple), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • 1932-05-24 Arnold Wesker, British playwright (Bratkartoffeln Inbegriffen), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1932-07-25 Gibson Kente, South African playwright and composer, born in Duncan Village, Eastern Cape (d. 2014)
  • 1932-11-28 Terence Frisby, English actor and playwright (There's a Girl in My Soup), born in London, England (d. 2020)
  • 1933-07-13 David Storey, British novelist and playwright (This Sporting Life), born in Wakefield (d. 2017)
  • 1933-09-08 Michael Frayn, English playwright (Copenhagen), born in Mill Hill, England
  • 1934-05-09 Alan Bennett, England, playwright/actor (Secret Policeman's Other Ball)

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
Playwright
Wole Soyinka
  • 1934-07-18 Edward Bond, English playwright and director (Blow-up), born in Holloway, North London
  • 1934-09-09 Sonia Sanchez, US playwright/poet (The Bronx is Next)
  • 1934-11-09 Ronald Harwood, South African playwright and screenwriter (The Dresser), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 2020)
  • 1935-04-04 Trevor Griffiths, English playwright (Absolute Beginners), born in Manchester
  • 1935-06-25 Larry Kramer, American playwright and AIDS activist, born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 2020)
  • 1935-07-02 Ed Bullins, playwright, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1936-02-19 Marin Sorescu, Romanian poet, playwright and artist (Iona, House under surveillance), born in Bulzești, Dolj County (d. 1996)
  • 1936-05-15 Paul Zindel, playwright (Effects of Gamma Rays on Marigolds)
  • 1936-07-09 June Jordan, Caribbean-American playwright and poet (His Own Where), born in Harlem, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1936-08-21 Mart Crowley, American playwright (Boys in the Band), born in Vicksburg, Mississippi
  • 1936-10-21 James H "Simon" Gray, English playwright (Butley)
  • 1937-01-28 Ken Hill, English playwright and director, born in Birmingham, England (d. 1995)
  • 1937-02-11 Lodewijk Boer, Dutch violinist/playwright (The Family)
  • 1937-04-13 Lanford Wilson, American playwright (Hot L Baltimore), born in Lebanon, Missouri
  • 1937-05-10 Arthur Kopit, US playwright ('Wings', 'Nine'), born in New York City

Person of interestTom Stoppard

1937-07-03 Tom Stoppard, Czech-born British playwright (Rosencrantz & Guildenstern-1968 Tony), born in Zlín, Czechoslovakia

Playwright and Screenwriter Tom Stoppard
Playwright and Screenwriter
Tom Stoppard
  • 1937-11-20 Viktoriya Tokareva, Russian playwright, born in Leningrad, Soviet Union
  • 1938-05-19 Girish Karnad, Indian playwright and filmmaker (Tuglaq), born in Dharwad, British India (d. 2019)
  • 1938-05-26 Lyudmila Petrushevskaya, Russian playwright and novelist
  • 1938-09-03 Caryl Churchill, English playwright, born in London
  • 1938-12-26 Bahram Beizai, Iranian playwright and film director
  • 1939-04-12 Alan Ayckbourn, English playwright and director, born in London, England

Person of interestSeamus Heaney

1939-04-13 Seamus Heaney, Irish poet and playwright (Nobel Prize in Literature 1995), born in Castledawson, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland (d. 2013)

  • 1939-10-05 Marie-Claire Blais, French Canadian author and playwright, born in Quebec, Canada
  • 1939-11-03 Terrence McNally, American playwright (Kiss of the Spider Woman), born in St Petersburg, Florida (d. 2020)
  • 1939-12-18 Henrica M L "Wiesje" Backer, Dutch dancer/actress/playwright
  • 1940-03-10 David Rabe, Dubuque Iowa, playwright (Streamers)
  • 1940-03-18 Mark Medoff, American playwright, director, actor and professor (Children of a Lesser God), born in Mount Carmel, Illinois (d. 2019)
  • 1941-08-12 Réjean Ducharme, Quebec novelist and playwright
  • 1941-10-07 John Ford Noonan, American playwright (A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking), born in Stamford, Connecticut (d. 2018)
  • 1941-11-20 Haseena Moin, Pakistani television drama writer and Urdu playwright, born in Kanpur, India
  • 1942-02-05 Susan Hill, English playwright (Magic Apple Tree)
  • 1942-02-24 David K Williamson, Australian screenplay/playwright (Removalists)
  • 1942-06-25 Michel Tremblay, Canadian novelist and playwright (Les Belles-Sœurs), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1942-09-11 Gerome Ragni, American playwright and songwriter (Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
  • 1942-09-29 Steve Tesich, screenwriter/playwright
  • 1943-04-12 Charles Ludlam, American playwright and actor (Big Easy), born in NYC, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1943-08-02 Rose Tremain, British novelist and playwright (Restoration), born in London, England
  • 1943-11-05 Sam Shepard Ill, American actor and playwright (Frances, Crimes of the Heart), born in Fort Sheridan, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1945-04-27 August Wilson, American playwright (Fences, Pulitzer 1987), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2005)
  • 1946-01-26 Christopher Hampton, Portuguese playwright (Oviri, Hotel du Lac), born in Horta, Portugal
  • 1946-03-23 Alan Bleasdale, English author, playwright and scriptwriter (Are You Lonesome Tonight), born in Liverpool
  • 1946-04-12 Peter L de Baan, Dutch actor, director and playwright (Leonce & Lena)
  • 1947-03-18 Patrick Barlow, English actor, comedian and playwright
  • 1947-06-05 David Hare, playwright (Strapless, Plenty, Wetherby, Fatale)
  • 1947-08-23 Willy Russell, English playwright and composer (Shirley Valentine, Educating Rita), born in Whiston, England
  • 1947-09-16 Dusty Hughes, English playwright, born in Boston, Lincolnshire
  • 1947-09-21 Marsha Norman, American playwright

Person of interestDavid Mamet

1947-11-30 David Mamet, American playwright (Speed the Plow, House of Games), born in Chicago, Illinois

Playwright David Mamet
Playwright
David Mamet
  • 1948-02-03 Henning Mankell, Swedish playwright and author (Wallander novels), born in Stockholm (d. 2015)
  • 1948-06-02 Albert Innaurato, playwright/director (Age in Soho), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1948-11-16 Bonnie Greer, American-British playwright and critic, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1949-01-02 Christopher Durang, playwright/actor (Sister Mary), born in Montclair, New Jersey

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 301 - 348 of 348

  • 2006-05-17 Cy Feuer, American playwright (b. 1911)
  • 2006-08-16 Alex Buzo, Australian playwright and author (b. 1944)
  • 2006-10-16 Lister Sinclair, Canadian broadcaster and playwright (b. 1921)
  • 2006-10-30 Junji Kinoshita, Japanese playwright (b. 1914)

Person of interestSidney Sheldon

2007-01-30 Sidney Sheldon, American novelist and playwright (Master of the Game, Bloodline, The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer), dies of pneumonia at 89

Novelist Sidney Sheldon
Novelist
Sidney Sheldon
  • 2007-11-21 Fernando Fernán Gómez, Spanish actor, director, academic and playwright (All About My Mother), dies at 86
  • 2007-12-24 Akbar Radi, Iranian dramatist and playwright (b. 1939)
  • 2008-05-19 Vijay Tendulkar, Indian playwright, (b. 1928)

Person of interestHarold Pinter

2008-12-24 Harold Pinter, British playwright (The Birthday Party, The Homecoming), dies at 78

Playwright Harold Pinter
Playwright
Harold Pinter
  • 2009-03-04 Horton Foote, American Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Academy Award-winning screenwriter (b. 1916)
  • 2009-07-24 Marcel van Maele, Belgian poet and playwright, dies at 78
  • 2009-11-06 Ron Sproat, American TV writer and playwright (Dark Shadows), dies at 77
  • 2010-01-21 Paul Quarrington, Canadian novelist, playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker, musician and educator (b. 1953)
  • 2010-06-25 Alan Plater, English playwright (b. 1935)
  • 2010-10-24 Joseph Stein, American playwright (Fiddler on the Roof), dies at 98
  • 2011-02-16 Justinas Marcinkevičius, Lithuanian poet and playwright (b. 1930)
  • 2011-05-26 Arisen Ahubudu, Sri Lankan scholar, author and playwright (b. 1920)
  • 2011-11-19 Michael Hastings, British playwright, dies at 74
  • 2012-01-05 Frederica Sagor Maas, American playwright and screenwriter, dies at 111
  • 2012-03-27 Millôr Fernandes, Brazilian writer and playwright, dies at 88
  • 2012-03-28 John Arden, English novelist and playwright (Left Handed Liberty), dies at 81

Person of interestSeamus Heaney

2013-08-30 Seamus Heaney, Irish poet and playwright (Nobel Prize in Literature 1995), dies at 74

  • 2013-10-09 Stanley Kauffmann, American playwright (Red Handkerchief Man), dies at 97
  • 2014-03-17 Gene Feist, American actor, playwright, producer and co-founder of Roundabout Theater Company, dies at 91
  • 2014-11-07 Gibson Kente, South African playwright and composer, dies at 82
  • 2015-02-05 Jeffrey Segal, British actor and playwright (Dad's Army, Traitors), dies at 94

Person of interestGünter Grass

2015-04-13 Günter Grass, German writer (The Tin Drum) and playwright and Nobel Prize laureate (1999), dies at 87

Writer and playwright Günter Grass
Writer and playwright
Günter Grass
  • 2015-09-20 Jack Larson, American actor (The Adventures of Superman -"Jimmy Olsen"), screenwriter, and librettist (Virgil Thomson's "Lord Byron"), dies at 87
  • 2015-10-05 Henning Mankell, Swedish playwright and author (Wallander novels), dies of cancer at 67
  • 2016-01-05 Elizabeth Swados, American composer and playwright (1972 TONY), dies at 64
  • 2016-04-12 Arnold Wesker, British playwright (Chips with Everything), dies at 83

Person of interestPeter Shaffer

2016-06-06 Peter Shaffer, English playwright (Equus, Amadeus), dies at 90

Playwright Peter Shaffer
Playwright
Peter Shaffer

Person of interestEdward Albee

2016-09-16 Edward Albee, American playwright (Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf?), dies at 88

Playwright Edward Albee
Playwright
Edward Albee
  • 2016-10-13 Dario Fo, Italian playwright and performer (Nobel Prize Literature 1997), dies at 90
  • 2017-03-27 David Storey, British novelist and playwright (This Sporting Life), dies at 83
  • 2017-06-13 A. R. Gurney, American playwright (The Dining Room), dies at 86
  • 2017-07-27 Sam Shepard Ill, American actor and playwright (Frances, Crimes of the Heart), dies at 73
  • 2018-04-04 Gertrude Jeannette, African American taxi driver, playwright and film and stage actress (Shaft, Cotton Comes to Harlem), dies at 103

Person of interestNeil Simon

2018-08-26 Neil Simon, American playwright and author (The Odd Couple), dies at 91

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • 2018-12-16 John Ford Noonan, American playwright (A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking), dies at 77
  • 2019-04-18 Mark Medoff, American playwright, director, actor and professor (Children of a Lesser God), dies at 79
  • 2019-06-10 Girish Karnad, Indian playwright and filmmaker (Tuglaq), dies at 81
  • 2019-07-01 Bogusław Schaffer, Polish composer and playwright, dies at 90 [1]
  • 2020-03-24 Terrence McNally, American Tony-winning playwright (Kiss of the Spider Woman), dies of COVID-19 complications at 81
  • 2020-04-22 Terence Frisby, English actor and playwright (There's a Girl in My Soup), dies at 87
  • 2020-05-13 Rolf Hochhuth, German playwright (Der Stellvertreter), dies at 89
  • 2020-05-27 Larry Kramer, American playwright and AIDS activist, dies at 84
  • 2020-09-08 Ronald Harwood, South African playwright and screenwriter (The Dresser), dies at 85

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