On This Day

Peter Shaffer

Playwright Peter Shaffer

Profession: Playwright


Why Famous: Equus, Amadeus

Born: May 15, 1926
Birthplace: Liverpool, England, United Kingdom

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Taurus

Died: June 6, 2016 (aged 90)

Historical Events

  • 1958-07-17 Peter Shaffer's musical "Five Finger Exercise" premieres in London
  • 1964-02-08 Peter Shaffer's musical "Royal Hunt of the Sun" premieres in London
  • 1973-07-26 Peter Shaffer's musical "Equus" premieres in London
  • 1979-11-02 Peter Shaffer's musical "Amadeus" premieres in London
  • 1984-09-06 "Amadeus" from the play by Peter Shaffer, directed by Milos Forman and starring Tom Hulce premieres in Los Angeles (Academy Awards Best Picture 1985)
  • 1987-10-27 Peter Shaffer's musical "Lettice & Lovage" premieres in London
  • 1993-09-01 Revival of Peter Shaffer's farce double-bill "White Liars/Black Comedy" opens at Criterion Theater, NYC; runs for 38 performances

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