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National Theatre at Home: Amadeus

by Peter Shaffer

From 7pm on 16 July to 23 July
Running Time: 2 hours 46 minutes including a short interval

National Theatre at Home: Amadeus

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.

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, 'Master Harold’… and the boys) plays Salieri – with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia.

We’re all about experiencing theatre together.

At a time when you aren’t able to visit National Theatre Live venues or local theatres, we’re excited to bring you National Theatre at Home.

You can watch Amadeus as part of National Theatre at Home from 7pm on Thursday 16 July on the National Theatre’s YouTube channel, then on demand for one week until 7pm on Thursday 23 July, but you'll need to start watching by 4pm on 23 July to see it all.

Thank you to all the amazing artists who have allowed us to share Amadeus in this way, during a time when many theatre fans aren’t able to visit their local theatre.

Audio-described provision for Amadeus

There will be an audio-described version of the Amadeus stream available on YouTube. Links will be available closer to the streaming date. Please note that the running time for the audio-described version is 3 hours 1 minute. 

Audio described notes on the background to the play. (MP3 2 mins 10 secs)

Audio described notes on the, set, costumes and characters (MP3 15 mins 07 secs)

Transcript of the audio described notes (Word)

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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.

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

4 star rating

Impressive. Lucian Msamati is rock-solid as Salieri.

The Times
5 star rating

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

Sunday 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

Amadeus photography (Lucian Msamati) by Seamus Ryan