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Amadeus Returns to the National Theatre

Peter Shaffer’s iconic play Amadeus premiered at the National Theatre back in 1979 before it was adapted into an Academy award-winning film. This new production, directed by Michael Longhurst, has received great reviews from experts and public alike. You still have the chance to see this spectacular play until 1st February 2017 at the National Theatre, with live orchestral accompaniment by the Southbank Sinfonia. Amadeus will also be broadcast live from the Olivier Theatre to cinemas on Thursday 2nd February.



In this new production, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, played by Adam Gillen, is a rowdy young prodigy who arrives in Vienna determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, Court Composer Antonio Salieri (Lucian Msamati) has the power to promote his talent or destroy it. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music and, ultimately, with God.



Designed by Chloe Lamford, with music direction and additional music by Simon Slater, choreography by Imogen Knight, lighting by Jon Clark and sound by Paul Arditti, the cast also includes Karla Crome, Sarah Amankwah, Hammed Animashaun, Geoffrey Beevers, Fleur de Bray, Tom Edden, Matthew Hargreaves, Andrew Macbean, Alexandra Mathie, Eamonn Mulhall, Robyn Allegra Parton, Hugh Sachs, Eleanor Sutton, Wendy Dawn Thompson, and Peter Willcock.



This production is supported by the Amadeus Production Syndicate in association with Southbank Sinfonia. It’s on at the Olivier Theatre, the largest of the three theatres at the National, named after Laurence Olivier, the first director of the National Theatre (during its years at the Old Vic) and felt to be the outstanding British actor of the 20th century. Despite its size, this fan-shaped auditorium has a concentrated intimacy and none of the 1,150 seats are far from the actors’ point of command, allowing them to hold the audience within the compass of their eyes.

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Find your nearest cinema venue to watch the performance broadcast live on Thursday, 2nd February, here.

National Theatre

Upper Ground
South Bank


Photography Marc Brenner