Peter Shaffer News

Date of Birth: May 15, 1926 (90)
Birth Place: Liverpool, ENGLAND
Gender: Male
BWW Review: Opulent AMADEUS Revival Fancies Up South Coast Rep StageBWW Review: Opulent AMADEUS Revival Fancies Up South Coast Rep Stage
by Michael L. Quintos - May 23, 2016

To close out its current season, Orange County's Tony-winning regional theater South Coast Repertory has chosen to mount an opulent, high-caliber revival of Peter Shaffer's 1979 play AMADEUS, which continues performances in Costa Mesa through June 5, 2016. The recipient of the 1981 Tony Award for Best Play, AMADEUS most notably became the basis for Milos Forman's Academy Award-winning (and, yes, arguably, much more readily known) 1984 film of the same name. For SCR's season-ender---engagingly directed by Kent Nicholson---the rather lengthy play is presented with much of the visual grandness one expects from an antiquated period piece, particularly from this particular theater company. And as an added bonus, the play is performed by a cast of incredible, seasoned actors that winningly transports its audience to a time and place centuries ago. So is it worth revisiting the tug-of-war between Salieri and Mozart? If it is South Coast Rep's visually-stunning production, then the answer is an enthusiastic 'yes.' (more...)

Gloucester Stage Company to Open 37th Season with LETTICE AND LOVAGEGloucester Stage Company to Open 37th Season with LETTICE AND LOVAGE
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

Gloucester Stage Company kicks off the 37th season of producing professional theater on Cape Ann with Peter Shaffer's Lettice and Lovage opening on May 19 and running through June 11 at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. (more...)

Tony Award Countdown: 30 Years In 30 Days, Michael Crawford in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, 1988Tony Award Countdown: 30 Years In 30 Days, Michael Crawford in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, 1988
by Michael Dale - May 16, 2016

Before taking on the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's international smash, Crawford was best known for his physical comedy. (more...)

BWW Review: AMADEUS at Conejo Players TheatreBWW Review: AMADEUS at Conejo Players Theatre
by Cary Ginell - May 12, 2016

The grand rivalry between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his erstwhile mentor Antonio Salieri is mainly apocryphal, generated for dramatic effect by playwright Peter Shaffer in his 1979 play, 'Amadeus,' but the idea was, nevertheless, a brilliant one. Conejo Players Theatre has put on an opulent, emotionally charged production of Shaffer's poetically dramatic story, which was famously adapted for the Oscar-winning 1984 film starring F. Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce. (more...)

Peter Shaffer's LETTICE AND LOVAGE Opens Gloucester Stage SeasonPeter Shaffer's LETTICE AND LOVAGE Opens Gloucester Stage Season
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2016

Gloucester Stage kicks off the 2016 season of professional theater on Cape Ann with Tony Award-winning playwright Peter Shaffer's delectable comedy, Lettice and Lovage from May 19 through June 11 at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. As tour guide, Lettice Douffet, leads tours through an obscure English mansion utterly devoid of interest, she decides to "Enlarge! Enliven! Enlighten!" her tours by fabricating fanciful stories, which ignites the wrath of her employer. The battle that ensues rapidly turns to friendship as the ladies embark on a series of escapades in this delightful comedy. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Star of EQUUS, Coming to Orlando This SummerPhoto Flash: Meet the Star of EQUUS, Coming to Orlando This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

This summer, Jeremy Seghers will direct Peter Shaffer's psychological drama EQUUS, featuring John Edward Palmer, Michael Thibodeau, Karen Edwards-Hill, Jason Blackwater, Jenny Ornstein, John Moughan, and Fabiola Rivera. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at Thibodeau in character below! (more...)

Manoa Valley Theatre to Present EQUUS, 5/19-6/5Manoa Valley Theatre to Present EQUUS, 5/19-6/5
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

Manoa Valley Theatre presents a stunningly dramatic psychological drama by Peter Shaffer about a psychiatrist's efforts to treat a young boy who has developed a pathological religious fascination with horses, and the disturbingly sensational confrontation that results. It is a multi-layered psychological puzzle that is enigmatic, moving, and dazzlingly theatrical. (more...)

Jeremy Seghers Presents Peter Shaffer's EQUUS This Summer
by Louisa Brady - May 1, 2016

This summer, Jeremy Seghers will direct Peter Shaffer's psychological drama 'Equus." Inspired by actual events, the play tells the story of Dr. Martin Dysart, a psychiatrist, who attempts to treat a young man named Alan Strang. While wrestling with his own sense of purpose, Dysart must discover why Strang suddenly and horrifically blinded six horses. (more...)

Epic Theatre Company Announces Big Move, 2016-17 SeasonEpic Theatre Company Announces Big Move, 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

Epic Theatre Company has announced its 2016 - 2017 Season while celebrating its new home at the Park Theater in Cranston. (more...)

Angela Lansbury & Dana Ivey to Lead Benefit Reading of British Comedy LETTICE AND LOVAGE for The Acting CompanyAngela Lansbury & Dana Ivey to Lead Benefit Reading of British Comedy LETTICE AND LOVAGE for The Acting Company
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

Angela Lansbury and Dana Ivey will head an all-star cast in the staged reading of the beloved British comedy, Lettice and Lovage, a benefit for The Acting Company, to be held one night only, Monday, June 13, at 7 PM, at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 68th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues, it was announced this afternoon. (more...)

BWW Review: EQUUS Reimagined at Encore TheatreBWW Review: EQUUS Reimagined at Encore Theatre
by Brett Cullum - Apr 19, 2016

This is a community theatre that pulls off a spectacular English show by keeping things simple. They give EQUUS soul by playing it in their own voices, and they mine the depths of the emotions often missed in the wordy script and dream sequences. (more...)

BWW Blog: Kate Caton - Creating a Connection: Education and TheatreBWW Blog: Kate Caton - Creating a Connection: Education and Theatre
by Guest Blogger: Kate Caton - Apr 19, 2016

I am currently in the final stages of presenting a one weekend performance of Peter Shaffer's award winning play, "Amadeus". Researching the Sam French website, I notice yet again that few high schools attempt to take on this intricate and thought-provoking piece of art. And in this instance, although this is my second time directing this play for high school, this is now a new, revised script, due to the author's constant amendments.  I've spent the last six months designing and the last three months directing this award winning classic for our school community here in North Adams. With three dress rehearsals next week, we open April 28th at Drury High School for a three-night run.  (more...)

Spinning Tree Theatre presents AMADEUS This SpringSpinning Tree Theatre presents AMADEUS This Spring
by Louisa Brady - Apr 9, 2016

The power struggle between two musical geniuses in 18th century Vienna is at the center of Peter Shaffer's play "Amadeus" that will be presented by Spinning Tree Theatre, April 28 through May 15 at the Arts Asylum, 1000 E. 9th St., Kansas City, Missouri. (more...)

Ian McKellen Backs Out of $1.4 Million Memoir AdvanceIan McKellen Backs Out of $1.4 Million Memoir Advance
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2016

According to reports, Oscar-nominated actor, Ian McKellen, has backed out of a book deal with UK publisher Hodder & Stoughton, which was worth approximately $1.4 million.   (more...)

Alec Baldwin Donates to Fundamental Theater Project's Sir Peter Shaffer Award EventAlec Baldwin Donates to Fundamental Theater Project's Sir Peter Shaffer Award Event
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2016

Longtime Fundamental Theater Project supporter Alec Baldwin has purchased a significant number of tickets to FTP's annual fundraising event, which this year features Aidan Quinn, Patrick Breen, Julia Murney, Valorie Curry and FTP's artistic director Sam Underwood in two back-to-back staged readings at Symphony Space this Sunday, March 6th, starting at 3 pm. (more...)

World, New England Premieres on Tap for Gloucester Stage's 2016 SeasonWorld, New England Premieres on Tap for Gloucester Stage's 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2016

Gloucester Stage Company Artistic Director, Robert Walsh, recently announced the six-play lineup for Gloucester Stage's 37th Season of professional theater in Gloucester, Massachusetts. (more...)

Julia Murney & More to Celebrate Sir Peter Shaffer at Symphony Space This SpringJulia Murney & More to Celebrate Sir Peter Shaffer at Symphony Space This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2016

Aidan Quinn (Michael Collins, Practical Magic, Legends of the Fall, Broadway's A Streetcar Named Desire, and currently appearing in CBS' Elementary) joins Patrick Breen (Madam Secretary, The Normal Heart), Julia Murney (Wicked, The Wild Party), Valorie Curry (The Following, Twilight, American Pastoral), Sam Underwood (Dexter, Homeland, The Following) and Fundamental Theater Project in celebration of their honorary patron, Sir Peter Shaffer (Equus, Amadeus, Royal Hunt of the Sun) and in support of their mission of fostering emerging voices in the theater. (more...)

Spinning Tree Theatre to Stage KC Professional Premiere of '13'Spinning Tree Theatre to Stage KC Professional Premiere of '13'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2016

The musical '13' is a delightful story that everyone can relate to having lived through those awkward teen years. Spinning Tree Theatre presents the Kansas City professional premiere of '13' with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown and book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn. (more...)


by marianka swain - Feb 3, 2016

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National Theatre Announces 2016 Productions - Andrew Garfield Stars in ANGELS IN AMERICA, James McArdle in YOUNG CHEKHOV, WAR HORSE Tour and More!National Theatre Announces 2016 Productions - Andrew Garfield Stars in ANGELS IN AMERICA, James McArdle in YOUNG CHEKHOV, WAR HORSE Tour and More!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

New work by Lee Hall, David Hare, Bryony Kimmings, Lucy Kirkwood, Nina Raine, Gillian Slovo and Alexander Zeldin, and contemporary revivals of two of the NT's most celebrated 20th century premieres - Amadeus and Angels in America - are among the forthcoming productions at the National Theatre announced today by Rufus Norris. (more...)

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