“I have heard God’s voice through the mouth of an obscene child”
(Salieri on Mozart)
Set amidst the opulence and splendour of 18th century Vienna, Peter Shaffer's
thrilling and wickedly funny play, pits blistering human ambition against divine
genius. Antonio Salieri, court composer for the Austro-Hungarian Emperor, is
the most renowned musician of his age… until the young Wolfgang Amadeus
This epic production is sure to be one of the highlights of the theatrical season!
Did Salieri Kill Mozart?
Rumours have persisted that Salieri became so obsessed with Mozart's superior
artistry that on his death bed he babbled incoherently that he had murdered
him more than thirty years earlier. Recently, an examination of the evidence,
notably from accounts by Mozart’s wife, Constanze, point towards the fact
that he died of rheumatic fever at age 35. "Poor Salieri," one participating
doctor in the research was quoted as saying, he has only been remembered "for
a crime it turns out he did not commit".
Behind the Curtain
The original, award-winning stage play was produced in 1979 in London by the
National Theatre. On Broadway it won the 1981 Tony Award for best play and ran
for more than 1,000 performances. The film adaptation, directed by Milos Forman,
won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, in 1984.
Did You Know?
The Russian writer Alexander Pushkin wrote the short play Mozart and Salieri
in 1830, five years after Salieri's death. This became the basis of Nikolay
Rimski-Korsakov's 1898 opera and the inspiration for Shaffer’s Amadeus.