Newswire: R.I.P. Peter Shaffer, Oscar-winning writer of Amadeus
As reported by the BBC, playwright Peter Shaffer—who won multiple Tony Awards and a Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award—has died. He was 90.
Shaffer was born in Liverpool in 1926, and he worked as a coal minor during World War II. According to The New York Times, he later studied history at Cambridge and began writing mystery novels with his fraternal twin brother, Anthony (who also eventually became a Tony-winning playwright). After graduating, Shaffer moved to the United States and got a job at the New York Public Library, which is reportedly where he first became interested in the theater. He returned to England shortly after that and began writing plays, with his first production—The Salt Land—getting adapted for TV by the BBC in 1955.
Over the years, Shaffer would go on to write more than 18 plays, including Five Finger Exercise, Black Comedy, Lettice And …