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.