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B'way dims its lights in memory of Peter Shaffer tonight

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

The Broadway League has announced that the Broadway theatres will dim their marquee lights tonight in memory of two-time Tony Award-winning playwright Peter Shaffer.

President Charlotte St. Martin commented:

"The acclaimed British dramatist Peter Shaffer who wrote Amadeus and Equus leaves behind a legacy of words through his notable body of critically and commercially successful works. He will be missed, and our thoughts are with his family and friends."
Mr. Shaffer was born in Liverpool, England, on 15 May 1926 Liverpool and passed away on 6 June 2016 in Curraheen, Ireland, at the age of 90. The lights will be dimmed at exactly 6:45pm tonight for one minute.

He won a Tony Award for Best Play in 1975 for 'Equus,' and then again in 1981 for 'Amadeus.' He also earned Tony nominations for 'Lettice and Lovage' in 1990 and 'Black Comedy / White Lies' in 1967. His other Broadway credits include 'The Royal Hunt of the Sun' (1965-1966), 'The Private Ear and The Public Eye' (1963-1964), and 'Five Finger Exercise' (1959-1960).

- by Tom Millward

Peter Shaffer 1926 - 2016

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