10 Facts About Peter Shaffer


Sir Peter Levin Shaffer was an English playwright, screenwriter, and novelist.


Peter Shaffer wrote numerous award-winning plays, of which several were adapted into films.


Peter Shaffer grew up in London and was the identical twin brother of fellow playwright Anthony Shaffer.


Peter Shaffer was educated at the Hall School, Hampstead, and St Paul's School, London, and subsequently he gained a scholarship to Trinity College, Cambridge, to study history.


Peter Shaffer was a Bevin Boy coal miner during World War II, and took a number of jobs including bookstore clerk, and assistant at the New York Public Library, before discovering his dramatic talents.


Peter Shaffer's canon contains a unique mix of philosophical dramas and satirical comedies.


Peter Shaffer followed this success with Amadeus which won the Evening Standard Drama Award and the Theatre Critics' Award for the London production.


For writing the screenplay for Amadeus, Peter Shaffer received both the 1984 Best Screenplay Golden Globe and the 1984 Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar.


Leonard and Peter Shaffer are buried together in the east side of Highgate Cemetery.


Peter Shaffer was appointed a CBE in 1987 and named Knight Bachelor in the 2001 New Year's Honours.