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Amadeus 2017

by Peter Shaffer

19 October 2016 to 18 March 2017
Running Time: 3 hours inc. interval

Amadeus 2017

Vienna: the music capital of the world.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri 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.

Amadeus returns in 2018

NT Live: Amadeus was broadcast live to cinemas on Thursday 2 February. Find your nearest venue to check for encore screenings.

 

Peter Shaffer’s iconic play had its premiere at the National Theatre in 1979, winning multiple Olivier and Tony awards before being adapted into an Academy Award-winning film.

In this new production, directed by Michael Longhurst (Constellations, The World of Extreme Happiness), Lucian Msamati (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom) plays Salieri – with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia.

You can help support this production of Amadeus. To donate to our appeal, click here.

Related talks and events

Michael Longhurst on Amadeus Mon 31 October, 6pm
Lucian Msamati on Amadeus Wed 11 January, 5.45pm
In Context: Shaffer at the NT Mon 16 January, 2-5pm

 

Get the playtext from the National Theatre bookshop

 

Hundreds of seats at £15 for every performance

In association with Southbank Sinfonia
Supported by the Amadeus production syndicate

5 star rating

A note-perfect production. Fresh, vital and musically inventive

Daily Telegraph
5 star rating

A thrillingly fresh and imaginative revival. Adam Gillen delivers a most moving portrayal of Mozart

Independent
5 star rating

Epic. Wonderful. A stupendous revival

Time Out
4 star rating

A soaring song of genius and jealousy. Lucian Msamati gives a poised and intelligent performance

Evening Standard
4 star rating

A stunning piece of theatre

Guardian
4 star rating

Impressive. Lucian Msamati is rock-solid as Salieri

The Times
5 star rating

A rich, celebratory revival of Peter Shaffer's greatest play

The Stage
4 star rating

Breathtaking. Shaffer's play is a masterpiece that makes up its own rules

Whats On Stage
5 star rating

Southbank Sinfonia play heart-stopping melodies. Lucian Msamati's Salieri is an immense performance

Sunday Times

Ticket Availability

Friday Rush
Every Friday at 1pm, a limited number of £20 tickets for the following week's performances are released to buy online. Find out more.

Day Tickets
On the day of the performance, a limited number of £15 Day Tickets are available in person at 9.30am from the Ground Floor box office. Find out more.

Captioned performances
Tuesday 13 December at 7.30pm
Tuesday 10 January at 2pm
Thursday 26 January at 7.30pm

Audio-Described performances
Friday 17 March 7.30pm
Saturday 18 March 2pm with a 12 noon Touch Tour
 

Inside the rehearsal room with Southbank Sinfonia

Southbank Sinfonia in rehearsals for Amadeus, featuring Paddy [front right, purple jumper] and Oli is [background, red trainers].

NT Live: Amadeus

National Theatre Live will broadcast Amadeus to over 650 cinemas across the UK, and more internationally, on Thursday 2 February 2017. Selected venues will also showing Encore screenings.

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Ten questions for… Lucian Msamati

Lucian Msamati and Southbank Sinfonia in Amadeus

Ten questions for… Adam Gillen

Adam Gillen as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, background Sarah Amankwah, Hammed Animashaun as Venticelli.

National Theatre Live: Amadeus | The music of Amadeus

The cast discuss what it's like to perform Mozart's music with Southbank Sinfonia.

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Amadeus | Merry Christmas from Southbank Sinfonia

If you're looking for a video that's practically overflowing with festive cheer, look no further. Here are Amadeus's Southbank Sinfonia on the Olivier stage.

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Mozart: fact or fiction?

A Scene from Amadeus with Adam Gillen as Mozart

Amadeus | Southbank Sinfonia interview

Quickfire questions with Southbank Sinfonia

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Amadeus Rehearsal Gallery

Cast

Venticello
Sarah Amankwah
Hammed Animashaun
Venticello
Hammed Animashaun
Baron Gottfried Van Swieten
Geoffrey Beevers
Katherina Cavalieri
Fleur de Bray
Bass (Southbank Sinfonia)
Giuseppe Ciraso Calì
Trumpet (Southbank Sinfonia)
Sarah Campbell
Oboe (Southbank Sinfonia)
Helen Clinton
Contanze Weber
Karla Crome
Tom Edden
Joseph II
Tom Edden
Violin I (Southbank Sinfonia)
Ruth Elder
Citizen of Vienna
Nicholas Gerard-Martin
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Adam Gillen
Flute (Southbank Sinfonia)
Simon Gilliver
Citizen of Vienna
Matthew Hargreaves
Violin II (Southbank Sinfonia)
Douglas Harrison
Timpani (Southbank Sinfonia)
Beth Higham-Edwards
Cello (Southbank Sinfonia)
Patrick Tapio Johnson
Cello (Southbank Sinfonia)
Angélique Lihou
Citizen of Vienna
Michael Lyle
Andrew Macbean
Kapellmeister Bonno / Citizen of Vienna
Andrew Macbean
Alexandra Mathie
Count Johann Kilian Von Strack
Alexandra Mathie
Bassoon (Southbank Sinfonia)
Éanna Monaghan
Lucian Msamati
Salieri
Lucian Msamati
Salieri's Valet
Eamonn Mulhall
Horn (Southbank Sinfonia)
Brendan Parravicini
Clarinet (Southbank Sinfonia)
Kimon Parry
Robyn Allegra Parton
Citizen of Vienna
Robyn Allegra Parton
Clarinet (Southbank Sinfonia)
Oliver Pashley
Hugh Sachs
Count Franz Orsini-Rosenberg
Hugh Sachs
Viola (Southbank Sinfonia)
Dan Shilladay
Horn (Southbank Sinfonia)
Laetitia Stott
Eleanor Sutton
Citizen of Vienna
Eleanor Sutton
Wendy Dawn Thompson
Teresa Salieri
Wendy Dawn Thompson
Oboe (Southbank Sinfonia)
Anna Turmeau
Violin I (Southbank Sinfonia)
Žanete Uškane
Major-Domo / Citizen of Vienna
Everal A Walsh
Bassoon (Southbank Sinfonia)
Andrew Watson
Salieri's Cook
Peter Willcock
Violin II (Southbank Sinfonia)
Minsi Yang

Production team

Photography (Lucian Msamati) by Seamus Ryan

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