Gender
Male
Born
May 15, 1926
Liverpool, ENGLAND
Died
Jun 06, 2016
Curraheen, IRELAND
Writer
Relations
Twin brother of
Anthony Shaffer
Comments
Biography: Peter Levin Shaffer was born on May 15, 1926 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England to Reka Fredman and Jack Shaffer. He studied history at Trinity College in Cambridge. In New York, he worked in a bookstore and at the New York Public Library. His partner was Robert Leonard.

Film/TV Credits: Film credits include: "Amadeus," "Equus," "The Royal Hunt of the Sun," "The Public Eye," and "Five Finger Exercise." Television credits include: "Midsomer Murders," "Arena," "This Is Your Life," "BBC Play of the Month," "ITV Play of the Week," and "Studio One in Hollywood."

Other Awards: Won an Oscar for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium for "Amadeus" in 1985. Received the William Inge Award for Distinguished Achievement in the American Theatre in 1992. Inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2007.

Trivia:
He published "How Doth the Little Crocodile?" and several other mystery novels with his brother under the joint pseudonym Peter Anthony.
He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1987 Queen's Birthday Honours List.
He was awarded Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 2001 New Year's Honours List.
The marquees of Broadway theaters were dimmed in his honor on June 16, 2016.
  • CREDITS
    Equus (Sep 25, 2008 - Feb 08, 2009)
    • Written by Peter Shaffer
    PlayDramaRevival
    Amadeus (Dec 15, 1999 - May 14, 2000)
    • Written by Peter Shaffer
    PlayDramaRevival
    White Liars & Black Comedy (Sep 01, 1993 - Oct 03, 1993)
    • Black Comedy
    • Written by Peter Shaffer
    PlayComedyFarceRevival
    • White Liars
    • Written by Peter Shaffer
    PlayComedyRevival
    Lettice and Lovage (Mar 25, 1990 - Dec 23, 1990)
    • Written by Peter Shaffer
    PlayComedyOriginal
    Amadeus (Dec 17, 1980 - Oct 16, 1983)
    • Written by Peter Shaffer
    PlayDramaOriginal
    Equus (Oct 24, 1974 - Oct 02, 1977)
    • Written by Peter Shaffer
    PlayDramaOriginal
    Black Comedy / White Lies (Feb 12, 1967 - Dec 02, 1967)
    • Black Comedy
    • Written by Peter Shaffer
    PlayFarce ComedyOriginal
    • White Lies
    • Written by Peter Shaffer
    PlayOriginal
    The Royal Hunt of the Sun (Oct 26, 1965 - Jun 11, 1966)
    • Written by Peter Shaffer
    PlayOriginal
    The Private Ear and The Public Eye (Oct 09, 1963 - Feb 29, 1964)
    • The Private Ear
    • Written by Peter Shaffer
    PlayOne Act ComedyOriginal
    • The Public Eye
    • Written by Peter Shaffer
    PlayOne Act ComedyOriginal
    Five Finger Exercise (Dec 02, 1959 - Oct 01, 1960)
    • Written by Peter Shaffer
    PlayOriginal
    Lettice and Lovage (Apr 09, 1992 - Jan 31, 1993)
    • Written by Peter Shaffer
    PlayComedyOriginal
    Amadeus (Dec 08, 1982 - Jul 23, 1983)
    • Written by Peter Shaffer
    PlayDramaOriginal
    Amadeus (Oct 08, 1982 - Feb 04, 1984)
    • Written by Peter Shaffer
    PlayDramaOriginal
    Equus (Sep 24, 1976 - Dec 19, 1976)
    • Written by Peter Shaffer
    PlayDramaOriginal
    Equus (Sep 14, 1976 - Apr 24, 1977)
    • Written by Peter Shaffer
    PlayDramaOriginal
    Equus (Nov 13, 1975 - Apr 24, 1977)
    • Written by Peter Shaffer
    PlayDramaOriginal
  • AWARDS

    Tony Award®

     

    Best Play

    1990 | Nominee  | Lettice and Lovage
    Written by Peter Shaffer

    Best Play

    1981 | Winner  | Amadeus
    Written by Peter Shaffer

    Best Play

    1975 | Winner  | Equus
    Written by Peter Shaffer
     

    Best Play

    1967 | Nominee  | Black Comedy / White Lies
    Written by Peter Shaffer

    Drama Desk Award

    Outstanding New Play

    1981 | Winner  | Amadeus
    Written by Peter Shaffer

    Outstanding New Play (Foreign)

    1975 | Winner  | Equus
    Written by Peter Shaffer
Equus (Sep 25, 2008 - Feb 08, 2009)
  • Written by Peter Shaffer
PlayDramaRevival
Amadeus (Dec 15, 1999 - May 14, 2000)
  • Written by Peter Shaffer
PlayDramaRevival
White Liars & Black Comedy (Sep 01, 1993 - Oct 03, 1993)
  • Black Comedy
  • Written by Peter Shaffer
PlayComedyFarceRevival
  • White Liars
  • Written by Peter Shaffer
PlayComedyRevival
Lettice and Lovage (Mar 25, 1990 - Dec 23, 1990)
  • Written by Peter Shaffer
PlayComedyOriginal
Amadeus (Dec 17, 1980 - Oct 16, 1983)
  • Written by Peter Shaffer
PlayDramaOriginal
Equus (Oct 24, 1974 - Oct 02, 1977)
  • Written by Peter Shaffer
PlayDramaOriginal
Black Comedy / White Lies (Feb 12, 1967 - Dec 02, 1967)
  • Black Comedy
  • Written by Peter Shaffer
PlayFarce ComedyOriginal
  • White Lies
  • Written by Peter Shaffer
PlayOriginal
The Royal Hunt of the Sun (Oct 26, 1965 - Jun 11, 1966)
  • Written by Peter Shaffer
PlayOriginal
The Private Ear and The Public Eye (Oct 09, 1963 - Feb 29, 1964)
  • The Private Ear
  • Written by Peter Shaffer
PlayOne Act ComedyOriginal
  • The Public Eye
  • Written by Peter Shaffer
PlayOne Act ComedyOriginal
Five Finger Exercise (Dec 02, 1959 - Oct 01, 1960)
  • Written by Peter Shaffer
PlayOriginal
Lettice and Lovage (Apr 09, 1992 - Jan 31, 1993)
  • Written by Peter Shaffer
PlayComedyOriginal
Amadeus (Dec 08, 1982 - Jul 23, 1983)
  • Written by Peter Shaffer
PlayDramaOriginal
Amadeus (Oct 08, 1982 - Feb 04, 1984)
  • Written by Peter Shaffer
PlayDramaOriginal
Equus (Sep 24, 1976 - Dec 19, 1976)
  • Written by Peter Shaffer
PlayDramaOriginal
Equus (Sep 14, 1976 - Apr 24, 1977)
  • Written by Peter Shaffer
PlayDramaOriginal
Equus (Nov 13, 1975 - Apr 24, 1977)
  • Written by Peter Shaffer
PlayDramaOriginal

Tony Award®

 

Best Play

1990 | Nominee  | Lettice and Lovage
Written by Peter Shaffer

Best Play

1981 | Winner  | Amadeus
Written by Peter Shaffer

Best Play

1975 | Winner  | Equus
Written by Peter Shaffer
 

Best Play

1967 | Nominee  | Black Comedy / White Lies
Written by Peter Shaffer

Drama Desk Award

Outstanding New Play

1981 | Winner  | Amadeus
Written by Peter Shaffer

Outstanding New Play (Foreign)

1975 | Winner  | Equus
Written by Peter Shaffer

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