The White Liars

by  Peter Shaffer

Short Play, Dark Comedy  /  2m, 1f

"Farce with a capital F." - Christian Science Monitor

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The White Liars

by  Peter Shaffer

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    2m, 1f
  • Duration


    30 minutes

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The White Liars depicts a fateful encounter between a down-and-out fortune teller, a rock musician, and his agent. The agent bribes Baroness Lemberg to fake some hocus-pocus over a crystal ball, ostensibly to discourage the musician from pursuing his girlfriend. The trickery entangles each of them in a dense web of mendacity. 

Published in tandem with Black Comedy

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"Farce with a capital F." - Christian Science Monitor

"A tour de force." - New York Newsday

"A lot of fun." - The New Yorker


Betrayal, Friendship


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License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
    $125 with other plays in collection



  • Time Period: New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: A fortune teller's parlor on the pier of a run-down seaside resort on the south coast of England.
  • Additional Features: No intermission


2m, 1f
SOPHIE, BARONESS LEMBERG - a fortune teller
FRANK - Tom's manager
TOM - a musician
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Peter Shaffer

Sir Peter Shaffer, in full Sir Peter Levin Shaffer (born May 15, 1926, London, Eng.), British playwright of considerable range who moved easily from farce to the portrayal of human anguish.Educated at St. Paul’s and Trinity College, Cambridge, Shaffer first worked for a music publisher and then as a book reviewer. His ...

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The White Liars premiered at the Lyric Theatre in London in February 1968 under the direction of Peter Wood.

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