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Peter Shaffer News

Date of Birth: May 15, 1926 (90)
Birth Place: Liverpool, ENGLAND
Gender: Male
Previously Unseen Shaffer Play About Tchaikovsky DiscoveredPreviously Unseen Shaffer Play About Tchaikovsky Discovered
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2016

The New York Post has reported on a newly unearthed play by recently deceased author, Peter Shaffer. The play, which sources say Shaffer labored over for twenty years, is about the composer, Tchaikovsky, and the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death. (more...)

BWW Review: Intimate EQUUS Provides Startling Take on Pain and PassionBWW Review: Intimate EQUUS Provides Startling Take on Pain and Passion
by Matt Tamanini - Jul 21, 2016

EQUUS, presented and directed by Jeremy Seghers, now playing through July 24th at Orlando event site The Acre, is not a show that will appeal to everyone, as it treads not so lightly on a number of rather taboo issues. That being said, if your sensibilities are not easily rattled, the story of a startlingly damaged boy, performed in a unique theatrical venue, is a dramatic experience not to be missed. (more...)

Photo Flash: Crime-Thriller Opera MOZART & SALIERI
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

Following a successful run in London and Vienna, Time Zone Theatre's immersive production will be part of Grimeborn 2016 at the Arcola Theatre and run from 9th - 13th August at their main house. (more...)

Crime-Thriller Opera MOZART & SALIERI Set for Arcola Grimeborn Festival 2016Crime-Thriller Opera MOZART & SALIERI Set for Arcola Grimeborn Festival 2016
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

Following a successful run in London and Vienna, Time Zone Theatre's immersive production will be part of Grimeborn 2016 at the Arcola Theatre and run from 9th - 13th August at their main house. (more...)

10th Anniversary Programme Announced For GRIMEBORN Festival10th Anniversary Programme Announced For GRIMEBORN Festival
by Edward Baker - Jul 19, 2016

Grimeborn is back for its 10th anniversary year. Sixteen innovative new versions of classic operas, unknown, rarely-seen and long-forgotten works, brand new pieces from the most exciting up-and-coming composers, musicians and companies. Since 2007, Grimeborn has introduced new audiences to opera and given emerging artists the platform to showcase and develop their talent. It has consistently challenged the perception that opera is inaccessible and elitist. (more...)

ALLEGIANCE's George Takei Boards PACIFIC OVERTURES at Classic Stage CompanyALLEGIANCE's George Takei Boards PACIFIC OVERTURES at Classic Stage Company
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

George Takei, who recently starred in the Broadway musical Allegiance, has been cast as 'Reciter' in Classic Stage Company's upcoming production of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's PACIFIC OVERTURES, to be directed by Tony Award winner (and 2016 Tony Award nominee) John Doyle, who this season takes the reins as Artistic Director of the vital East Village theater company. (more...)

Moonbox Productions Sets 2016-17 SeasonMoonbox Productions Sets 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2016

Moonbox Productions, nominated for numerous IRNE and Elliot Norton Awards, is thrilled to announce its theatrical line up for the 2016-2017 season.  In November, Moonbox kicks-off its season with acclaimed playwright, Peter Shaffer's, brilliant Tony Award winning production, Amadeus.  Then in April, Moonbox will go "under the big top" with the dazzling American musical, Barnum, by Mark Bramble, Michael Stewart and Cy Coleman.    (more...)

Detective Charlie Resnick On Stage in DARKNESS DARKNESS at Nottingham PlayhouseDetective Charlie Resnick On Stage in DARKNESS DARKNESS at Nottingham Playhouse
by Marianka Swain - Jun 28, 2016

This autumn Nottingham Playhouse and New Perspectives join forces with acclaimed novelist John Harvey to bring his most famous creation, jazz-loving detective Charlie Resnick, to the stage for the very first time. DARKNESS DARKNESS, which is Harvey's own adaptation of his bestselling novel, runs from September 30 to October 15. The production is part of the Playhouse's Sweet Vengeance season, which explores the themes of revenge, justice and resentments buried deep, in a series of work that also includes Peter Shaffer's Sleuth (September) and Thomas Middleton's The Revenger's Tragedy (November). (more...)

MOZART AND SALIERI to Play MITFMOZART AND SALIERI to Play MITF
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

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Broadway AM Report, 6/15/2016 - BEAUTIFUL, BRIGHT STAR and More!Broadway AM Report, 6/15/2016 - BEAUTIFUL, BRIGHT STAR and More!
by Jessica Fallon Gordon - Jun 15, 2016

TODAY'S BIG NEWS: BEAUTIFUL will celebrate 1000 performances today...keep an eye on BWW for photo coverage! (more...)

Broadway Lights Will Dim This Week in Memory of  Playwright Peter ShafferBroadway Lights Will Dim This Week in Memory of Playwright Peter Shaffer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2016

The Broadway community mourns the loss of two-time Tony AwardŽ - winning playwright Peter Shaffer, who passed away on June 6th in County Cork, Ireland at age 90. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in his memory on Thursday, June 16, 2016, at exactly 6:45pmfor one minute. (more...)

Photo Flash: Remembering Playwright Peter ShafferPhoto Flash: Remembering Playwright Peter Shaffer
by Walter McBride - Jun 7, 2016

As BroadwayWorld reported yesterday, British playwright and screenwriter Peter Shaffer, best known for such works as AMADEUS and EQUUS, has passed away at the age of 90. The news was shared by his U.K. agent Rupert Lord who reported that the writer passed away this morning in Ireland following a short illness. (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 6/7/2016 - Atlantic Theater Company, MCC and More!Broadway AM Report, 6/7/2016 - Atlantic Theater Company, MCC and More!
by Jessica Khan - Jun 7, 2016

TODAY'S BIG NEWS: THE PURPLE LIGHTS OF JOPPA ILLINOIS opens at Atlantic Theater Company and A FUNNY THING HAPPENED... opens at MCC! Keep an eye out for photo coverage! (more...)

The Acting Company to Dedicate Staged Reading of LETTICE AND LOVAGE to Peter Shaffer, Angela Lansbury and Dana Ivey to StarThe Acting Company to Dedicate Staged Reading of LETTICE AND LOVAGE to Peter Shaffer, Angela Lansbury and Dana Ivey to Star
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2016

With today's news on the passing of playwright Peter Shaffer, The Acting Company will be dedicating their one night only staged reading of Lettice and Lovage on Monday, June 13 at 7 p.m. to his memory.  Angela Lansbury and Dana Ivey will head an all-star cast featuring Patricia Connolly and original Broadway cast member, Paxton Whitehead at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 68th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues.  (more...)

EQUUS, AMADEUS Playwright Peter Shaffer Dies at Age 90EQUUS, AMADEUS Playwright Peter Shaffer Dies at Age 90
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2016

British playwright and screenwriter Peter Shaffer, best known for such works as AMADEUS and EQUUS, has passed away at the age of 90. (more...)

BWW Review: Lindsay Crouse Enlivens LETTICE AND LOVAGE at Gloucester Stage CompanyBWW Review: Lindsay Crouse Enlivens LETTICE AND LOVAGE at Gloucester Stage Company
by Nancy Grossman - May 30, 2016

Gloucester Stage Company opens its 37th season with LETTICE AND LOVAGE as a star vehicle for Academy Award-nominated Gloucester resident Lindsay Crouse. Written by Peter Shaffer (EQUUS, AMADEUS) for beloved British actress Dame Maggie Smith, Crouse takes on the title role of tour guide Lettice Douffet and makes it her own with panache and good humor. Marya Lowry is her incredulous employer Lotte Schoen and together they raise the bar for the art of verbal sparring. The esteemed scene partners feast on Shaffer's rich language and throw themselves into the theatrical shenanigans of the play, with supporting silliness well-represented by Janelle Mills and Mark Cohen. (more...)

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...)

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