The Royal Hunt of the Sun
Peter Shaffer 1964
One of Shaffer’s early plays in which the Spanish expedition under Pizzaro to the land of the Incas is told in dazzling spectacle and moral chiaroscuro. After general absolution for any crimes they may commit against the pagan Incas, the conquerors set forth upon the sea. The Inca god is a sun god, ruler of the riches and people of Peru and thought to be immortal. But the Spaniards have come in conquest rather than in reverence.