Peter Shaffer

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Birth Name: Peter Shaffer
Born: 05/15/1926
Birth Place: Liverpool, England, GB

Shaffer was a writer, critic, and novelist (with his brother Anthony Shaffer under the pseudonym Peter Anthony) before turning to the theatre with "Five Finger Exercise" in 1958. Among the works that followed where "The Royal Hunt of the Sun: A Play Concerning the Conquest of Peru" (1964), as well as "Equus" (1975) and "Amadeus" (1980) both of which won the Tony Award as Best Play for their New York productions. Shaffer's comedy "Lettice and Lovage" (1987) featured a tour-de-force performance by Maggie Smith in London and on Broadway (and by Julie Harris in the US touring company).

In addition to adapting his best-known plays for the screen, Shaffer wrote the stunning 1963 adaptation of Wi... Continue Bio >>

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