Amadeus

By Peter Shaffer

Synopsis:

Ironically Amadeus is not so much a play about the brilliant composer Mozart as it is about the contemporary, but mediocre court composer, Antonio Salieri. The unsubstantiated rumour that Salieri poisoned Mozart is the thrust of the play. Opening on the last night of Salieri’s life and using vivid flashbacks and Mozart’s glorious music Shaffer leads his audience to an understanding of Salieri’s deep-rooted jealousy and envy of the child Prodigy.

Amadeus will be a feast for the ears and eyes. With a plot line that demands both intimate and sumptuous staging, dazzling costumes and Mozart’s exquisite music this production was described as “sensational”, "breathtaking”, with “actors of an exceptional calibre” and “one of the best shows we are likely to see in Bath this year” when performed by Next Stage in 2006. Once again John Matthews plays Salieri, with new cast members Tom Ash-Miles as Mozart and Liz Wilson as Constanze. They are joined on stage by an outstanding supporting cast of leading Next Stage actors.

Amadeus
This show was performed at The Minack Theatre, Cornwall in August 2009.

Director/s | Cast:

Director

John Matthews

John Matthews

Salieri

Tom Ash-Miles

Tom Ash-Miles

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Nicky Wilkins

Nicky Wilkins

Venticello 1

Ian Garforth

Ian Garforth

Venticello 2

Liz Wilson

Liz Wilson

Constanze

Mark Sanders

Mark Sanders

Joseph II, Emperor of Austria

Twydor Smith-Davis

Twydor Smith-Davis

Count Orsini-Rosenberg

David Gosling

David Gosling

Baron van Swieten

Tim Evans

Tim Evans

Johann von Strack

Alan Casse

Alan Casse

Salieri's Valet/Major-Domo

Brian Howe

Brian Howe

Salieri's Cook/Giuseppe Bonno

Cara Aldous

Cara Aldous

Teresa Salieri

Hayley Fitton-Cook

Hayley Fitton-Cook

Katherina Cavalieri

Gill Kirk

Gill Kirk

Lady of the Court

Yvonne Paulley

Yvonne Paulley

Lady of the Court

Citizen of Vienna

Maddy McGlynn

Maddy McGlynn

Citizen of Vienna

Anna-Fleur Rawlinson

Anna-Fleur Rawlinson

Citizen of Vienna

Naomi Wilcox

Naomi Wilcox

Citizen of Vienna

Review/s of Amadeus:

Review 1: At the Minack

DOES it matter if it seems unlikely that Antonio Salieri murdered Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, or that the latter is seen as being an obnoxious, not to say "obscene child"? Not when such propositions, when Salieri and his madness and Mozart and his music, are brought together so dramatically and successfully as they are by Peter Shaffer in Amadeus, and the play is staged so skilfully as it is here by the…click here to read the whole review.

By Frank Ruhrmund, The Cornishman

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