Overview

Peter Shaffer

(b. 1926)


Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

(1926– ),

playwright. His first play, Five Finger Exercise (1958), was followed by many other successes, including The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1964, pub. 1965), an epic about the conquest of Peru; Black Comedy (1965, pub. 1967), a farce; Equus (1973), a drama about an analyst's relationship with his horse‐obsessed patient; and Amadeus (1979, pub. 1980), which deals with the nature of creativity through a portrayal of the composers Mozart and Salieri.

His twin brother Anthony Shaffer (1926–2001), author of Sleuth (1970, pub. 1971), was also a successful playwright.

Subjects: Theatre — Literature.


Reference entries

See all related reference entries in Oxford Index »

Works by Peter Shaffer

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.