Peter Shaffer

English playwright and screenwriter

Sir Peter Levin Shaffer, CBE (15 May 19266 June 2016) was an English dramatist and screenwriter, best known for his The Royal Hunt of the Sun, Equus and Amadeus.

Peter Shaffer

See also the 1984 film version of Amadeus.

Do not confuse with Pierre Schaeffer.


  • The men climb the Andes.
    • The Royal Hunt of the Sun, Act I, sc. viii. (1964).
    • Sometimes misquoted as "They cross the Andes".
  • Rehearsing a play is making the word flesh. Publishing a play is reversing the process.
    • Equus (Harmondsworth: Penguin, [1973] 1984), p. 8.
  • Tragedy obviously does not lie in a conflict of Right and Wrong, but in a collision between two different kinds of Right...
    • Equus (Longman, [1973] 1993), p. 11
    • Conferː "Tragedy, for me, is not a conflict between right and wrong, but between two different kinds of right."
      • Interviewed by Mike Wood for the William Inge Center for the Arts. [1]
  • If London is a watercolor, New York is an oil painting.

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