The Royal Hunt of the Sun

Play - Original

ANTA Playhouse

Data not verified
  • First Preview: October 11, 1965
  • Opening Date: October 26, 1965
  • Closing Date: June 11, 1966
  • Previews: 16
  • Performances: 261

Playwright: Peter Shaffer


The Peruvian conquistador Pizarro is disillusioned with life and sacrifices the Incan man-God Atahuallpa in hopes that he will rise from the dead and prove that a greater power than death exists.


Opening Night Cast

Christopher Plummer in The Royal Hunt of the Sun Christopher Plummer Francisco Pizarro
David Carradine in The Royal Hunt of the Sun David Carradine Atahuallpa
George Rose Martin Ruiz
Cal Bellini Pedro de Candia
Robert Aberdeen Chieftain
Barry Burns Peruvian Indian
Clyde Burton Juan Chavez
Tony Capodilupo Vasca
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Opening Night Production Credits

Peter Shaffer Peter Shaffer Writer
  John Dexter Director
  Claude Chagrin Choreographer
  Michael Annals Scenic Design
  Michael Annals Costume Design
  Cynthia Scott Indian Headdresses
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New York Drama Critics' Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1966 Best Play Peter Shaffer Nominee

Theatre World

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1966 Theatre World Award David Carradine Winner
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