Peter Shaffer Plays List

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List of Peter Shaffer plays with descriptions, including any musicals by Peter Shaffer, playwright. This Peter Shaffer plays list includes promotional photos when available, as well as information about co-writers and Peter Shaffer characters. This list of plays by Peter Shaffer is listed alphabetically and includes art of the play's posters when available. Items on this list include Five Finger Exercise and Equus. What plays did Peter Shaffer write? All these, one-acts, musicals, or full-length plays are by Peter Shaffer and can help you decide, "What are the best Peter Shaffer plays?" (7 items)
Amadeus is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Peter Shaffer Plays List
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Amadeus is a play by Peter Shaffer, which gives a highly fictionalized account of the lives of the composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri. First performed in 1979, Amadeus was inspired by a short 1830 play by Alexander Pushkin called Mozart and Salieri. In the play, significant use is made of the music of Mozart, Salieri and other composers of the period. The premieres of Mozart's operas The Abduction from the Seraglio, The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and The Magic Flute are each the setting for key scenes of the play. Amadeus won the 1981 Tony Award for Best Play. It was adapted by Shaffer for the 1984 Academy Award winning film of the same name. ...more on Wikipedia

Authors / Creators: Peter Shaffer

Characters: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Antonio Salieri, Count Orsini-Rosenberg, Katerina Cavalieri, Constanze Mozart, + more

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#13 of 33 on The Best Broadway Musicals of the 80s #1 of 31 on The Best Broadway Plays of the 80s #56 of 85 on List of Oscar-Winning Adapted Screenplay Original Sources

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Black Comedy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Peter Shaffer Plays List
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Black Comedy

Black Comedy is a one-act farce by Peter Shaffer, first performed in 1965. The play is written to be staged under a reversed lighting scheme: the play opens on a darkened stage. A few minutes into the show there is a short circuit, and the stage is illuminated to reveal the characters in a "blackout." On the few occasions when matches, lighters, or torches are lit, the lights grow dimmer. The title of the play is a pun. Brindsley Miller, a young sculptor, and his debutante fiancée Carol Melkett have borrowed some expensive, antique furniture from his neighbor Harold's flat without his permission in order to impress an elderly millionaire art collector coming to view Brindsley's work, and ...more on Wikipedia

Authors / Creators: Peter Shaffer

Characters: Harold Gorringe, Colonel Melkett, Schuppanzigh, Miss Furnival, Clea, + more

White Lies is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Peter Shaffer Plays List
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White Lies

The White Liars is a one-act play by Peter Shaffer, first performed in 1967 originally titled White Lies. It is often performed with another of Shaffer's one-act plays, Black Comedy, to form the double-bill of The White Liars and Black Comedy. The White Liars revolves around Sophie Lemberg, an eccentric and disillusioned fortune teller living in a decaying seaside resort, and the two young men—Tom, the lead singer in a rock band, and Frank, his business manager—who consult her. It soon becomes clear that their lives are much stranger than the fiction Sophie tries to create in her magic ball. ...more on Wikipedia

Authors / Creators: Peter Shaffer

Equus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Peter Shaffer Plays List
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Equus is a play by Peter Shaffer written in 1973, telling the story of a psychiatrist who attempts to treat a young man who has a pathological religious fascination with horses. Shaffer was inspired to write Equus when he heard of a crime involving a 17-year-old who blinded six horses in a small town near Suffolk. He set out to construct a fictional account of what might have caused the incident, without knowing any of the details of the crime. The play's action is something of a detective story, involving the attempts of the child psychiatrist, Dr. Martin Dysart, to understand the cause of the boy's actions while wrestling with his own sense of purpose. The stage show ran in London between ...more on Wikipedia

Authors / Creators: Peter Shaffer

Characters: Jill Mason, Martin Dysart, Nurse, Hesther Saloman, Dora Strang, + more

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