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British Playwright Peter Shaffer, Author of “Equus,” “Amadeus,” Passes Away at 90

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Peter Shaffer with “Equus” star Daniel Radcliffe in 2009; Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic(LONDON) — Playwright Sir Peter Shaffer died in Ireland early Monday morning, the Guardian reports. He was 90.

The author of a number of plays, Shaffer was most widely recognized for Equus, which won the 1975 Tony Award for Best Play, and for Amadeus, which won the 1981 Tony Award for Best Play.

His agent, Rupert Lord, said: “He was simply at the end of his life but delighted to have been able to celebrate his 90th birthday with friends and then, I think, decided it was time.”

Shaffer wrote more than 18 plays and both Equus and Amadeus were adapted into films. Amadeus was very successful, winning eight Oscars, including Best Actor for F. Murray Abraham, Best Director for Milos Forman and Best Adapted Screenplay for Shaffer.  Equus was revived on Broadway in 2007, with Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe in his first big stage role.

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