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.
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