Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921–1990) was a Swiss playwright, novelist, and essayist whose satiric, almost farcical tragicomic plays were central to the post-World War II revival of German theatre.

His plays include The Visit (Der Besuch der alten Dame, 1956), which came to prominence in the English-speaking world in its original English version by acclaimed playwright, author and critic Maurice Valency (1903–1996); and The Physicists (Die Physiker, 1962).