Peter Shaffer News

Date of Birth: May 15, 1926 (89)
Birth Place: Liverpool, ENGLAND
Gender: Male

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...)

BWW Review: SPT's AMADEUS Has Too Few NotesBWW Review: SPT's AMADEUS Has Too Few Notes
by Jay Irwin - Feb 1, 2016

Peter Shaffer's stirring play "Amadeus" can move you to the point of tears, but only when it's done well. It is by no means a bulletproof play. Unfortunately the current production at Seattle Public Theater, while managing a few interesting performances, really just stands out as having an unfocused concept and is about as engaging as a history lecture. (more...)

BWW Review: BLACK COMEDY at Ojai Art Center TheaterBWW Review: BLACK COMEDY at Ojai Art Center Theater
by Cary Ginell - Feb 1, 2016

For the first ten minutes of Peter Shaffer's knockabout farce, Black Comedy, the stage is dark, as engaged Londoneers Brindsley Miller and Carol Melkett get ready to receive wealthy German art collector Georg Bamberger, who they hope will purchase Brindlsey's latest modern sculpture. But a blown fuse plunges their home into darkness, and that's when the lights on the stage finally go up. Confused? Well, the story of the anticipated sale of Brindsley's work is merely the MacGuffin in Black Comedy, something only the characters care about. What's important to the audience is the show's topsy-turvy lighting gimmick, one that gives Black Comedy its name: a riotous jumble of mistaken identities, complex blocking, and side-splitting slapstick. If everyone in the cast stays healthy, the show will run through February 14 at the Ojai Art Center Theater. (more...)

Middlebury Community Players to Present BLACK COMEDY, THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUNDMiddlebury Community Players to Present BLACK COMEDY, THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2016

Brighten the gloom and cold of February by going to see two of the funniest one-act comedies ever written! Middlebury Community Players presents Peter Shaffer's Black Comedy and Tom Stoppard's The Real Inspector Hound at the Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, Vermont from February 11 to 14. Thursday through Saturday shows are at 8:00, with a 2:00 matinee on Sunday the 14th. Tickets are $ $12 Thursday and $17 Fri-Sun and can be purchased at the THT box office Mon-Sat, noon-5pm in person, by calling (802) 382-9222, or online at www.townhalltheater.org. (more...)

South Coast Repertory's PINOCCHIO Clowns Around in the Theatre for Young Audiences SeriesSouth Coast Repertory's PINOCCHIO Clowns Around in the Theatre for Young Audiences Series
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2016

The tale of the naughty puppet hoping to become a real boy gets an infusion of music, clowning and fun when South Coast Repertory's Theatre for Young Audiences series presents Pinocchio by Greg Banks, based on the classic story by Carlo Collodi. Pinocchio runs Feb. 5-21 on the Julianne Argyros Stage and is directed by Jeremy Aluma. Tickets are on sale at www.scr.org. (more...)

BWW Review: EQUUS Chills as Constellation TheatreBWW Review: EQUUS Chills as Constellation Theatre
by Emma Kouguell - Jan 19, 2016

As a society, we often view extreme acts of 'passion,' whether it be motivated by anger, lust, or sadness, as negative, resulting in pain, or as something to be 'fixed.' Instead, we strive for normalcy and balance, obliterating any despair and following our established routine of life. What we often don't realize is that 'normal' can lead to an emptiness in connection, desire, and motivation that those who feel exceptional passion do not suffer. Is it possible for the 'normal' to make room for the extreme in their own lives? (more...)

Michael Pennington to Lead New KING LEAR UK TourMichael Pennington to Lead New KING LEAR UK Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2016

Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) has announced that a major new production of Shakespeare's greatest tragedy, King Lear, will embark on a UK tour to nine regional venues from April to July in association with the Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton.  (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY: Brian Bedford as Lady Bracknell in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNESTFLASH FRIDAY: Brian Bedford as Lady Bracknell in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
by Michael Dale - Jan 15, 2016

The beloved English actor was a very frequent visitor to the New York stage. (more...)

Seattle Public Theater to Stage AMADEUSSeattle Public Theater to Stage AMADEUS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2016

Seattle Public Theater (SPT) is proud to present Amadeus, Peter Shaffer's magnificent story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, directed by Shana Bestock at the historic Green Lake Bathhouse Theater from January 29 through February 21, 2016. Tickets are $34 for adults, $32 for seniors, $17 for youth under 25, and $5 for youth under 12. Tickets are available by calling the SPT Box Office at 206-524-1300 or visiting www.seattlepublictheater.org. (more...)

Constellation Theatre's EQUUS Begins Performances in JanuaryConstellation Theatre's EQUUS Begins Performances in January
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2015

Constellation Theatre, "A must see destination," according to the Washington Post, is pleased to announce its next performance, the Tony Award-winning play, Equus by Peter Shaffer. Directed by Amber McGinnis Jackson, starring Michael Kramer (Martin Dysart) and Ross Destiche (Alan Strang), and featuring Michael Tolaydo (Frank). Equus will run from January 13th to February 14th at Source (1835 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC). (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2015

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Boyd Gaines Joins Julia Murney and More in Fundamental Theater Project's 2015 GalaBoyd Gaines Joins Julia Murney and More in Fundamental Theater Project's 2015 Gala
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2015

Boyd Gaines, four-time Tony Winner (Gypsy, She Loves Me, Driving Miss Daisy), joins Julia Murney (Wicked, The Wild Party), veteran director Tony Walton, 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...)

Little Fish Theatre Sets 2016 SeasonLittle Fish Theatre Sets 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2015

Little Fish Theatre today announced the eleven productions which will comprise the company's 2016 Season. (more...)

GALLEON THEATRE GROUP PRESENTS NEIL SIMON'S RUMOURSGALLEON THEATRE GROUP PRESENTS NEIL SIMON'S RUMOURS
by Barry Lenny - Nov 17, 2015

Galleon is presenting the BRITISH version of the play for the first time in Adelaide! (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Richmond - Week of 11/15/2015Now Playing Onstage in Richmond - Week of 11/15/2015
by BWW - Nov 15, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 11/15/2015 for Richmond (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Richmond - Week of 11/08/2015Now Playing Onstage in Richmond - Week of 11/08/2015
by BWW - Nov 8, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 11/08/2015 for Richmond (more...)

Principal Horn Philip Myers Solos During New York Philharmonic's All-Mozart Program This WeekPrincipal Horn Philip Myers Solos During New York Philharmonic's All-Mozart Program This Week
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2015

Music Director Alan Gilbert will conduct the New York Philharmonic in an all-Mozart program: his Divertimento in D major, K.136/125a; Horn Concerto No. 2, with Principal Horn Philip Myers; and Serenade for 13 Winds, Gran partita. The concerts take place tonight, November 4, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, November 5 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, November 6 at 8:00 p.m.; and Saturday, November 7 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

Oakland University Theatre Presents EQUUSOakland University Theatre Presents EQUUS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2015

At 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, the theatre program at Oakland University will open its production of Peter Shaffer's "Equus," a contemporary classic that startled audiences with its innovation and emotional power when it first opened in the 1970s. The original 1975 Broadway production won the Tony Award for Best Play, the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Foreign Play. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Richmond - Week of 11/01/2015Now Playing Onstage in Richmond - Week of 11/01/2015
by BWW - Nov 1, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 11/01/2015 for Richmond (more...)

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