Sir Peter Shaffer’s play Equus helped him break out of the Harry Potter mould, so it seems fitting that Daniel Radcliffe has opted to pay tribute to one of the UK’s theatre greats, who has passed away at the age of 90.
Shaffer was a much respected playwright, with numerous Tony Awards and an Oscar to his name for Amadeus, his play about Mozart which he adapted for cinema.
“Peter Shaffer was and remains one of the U.K’s greatest playwrights. He created challenging, moving and fantastically theatrical work and was also an incredibly kind, generous and funny man,” Radcliffe said in a statement on his Google+ page.
“In my career Equus remains one of the most important and valuable things I’ve ever done in terms of how much I learnt from it. I will forever be grateful to him for trusting me to play the character of Alan Strang at a time when I had extremely limited experience on stage. I feel very privileged to have worked with him and will miss him.”
Pianist James Rhodes was among those who expressed their admiration for Shaffer’s work in tribute to him on Twitter.
He was joined by Rupert Goold, the Artistic Director of London’s Almeida Theatre.
“Peter Shaffer was one of the great writers of his generation and the National Theatre was enormously lucky to have had such a fruitful and creative relationship with him. The plays he leaves behind are an enduring legacy”, said Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre.