Peter Shaffer

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

See also the 1984 film version of Amadeus.


  • The men climb the Andes.
    • The Royal Heart 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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