Amadeus

by  Peter Shaffer

Full Length Play, Drama  /  12m, 3f

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    12m, 3f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Tony, From Broadway, From West End
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

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In the court of the Austrian Emperor Joseph II, Antonio Salieri is the established composer. Enter the greatest musical genius of all time: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Salieri has given himself to God so that he might realize his sole ambition, to be a great composer. Mozart is a foul-mouthed, graceless oaf who has that which is beyond Salieri’s envious grasp: Genius.

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Accolades

  • Winner! 1981 Tony® Award, Best Play
    Winner! 1985 Academy Award, Best Film

Reviews

REVIEWS

"A total iridescent triumph [...] of complexity of thought, emotion and dramatic power." - New York Post

"Mozart blazes." - The New York Times

"Inspired." - Toronto Star

"Brilliant and excellent." - WABC-TV

"A theatrical wonder." - WCBS-TV

"Back in town and very welcome [...] highly theatrical it contains technical skill with a genuine sense of rage." - The Guardian 

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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

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  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 18th Century, 19th Century
  • Setting: Vienna in November 1823, and in recall, the decade 1781-1791
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

12m, 3f
ANTONIO SALIERI
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOTZART
CONSTANZE WEBER - wife to Mozart
JOSEPH II - Emperor of Austria
COUNT JOHANN KILIAN VON STRACK - Groom of the Imperial Chamber
COUNT FRANZ ORSINI-ROSENBERG - Director of the Imperial Opera
BARON GOTTFRIED VAN SWIETEN - Prefect of the Imperial Library
TWO "VENTICELLI" -  “Little Winds”, purveyors of information, gossip and rumour
MAJOR-DOMO
SALIERI'S VALET - non-speaking
SALIERI'S COOK - non-speaking
TERESA SALIERI - wife of Salieri, non-speaking
KATHERINA CAVALIERI - Salieri’s pupil, non-speaking
GUISEPPE BONNO - non-speaking
SERVANTS AND CITIZENS OF VIENNA
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Authors

Peter Shaffer

Sir Peter Shaffer, in full Sir Peter Levin Shaffer (born May 15, 1926, London, Eng.), British playwright of considerable range who moved easily from farce to the portrayal of human anguish.Educated at St. Paul’s and Trinity College, Cambridge, Shaffer first worked for a music publisher and then as a book reviewer. His ...

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Amadeus premiered at the National Theatre in London in November 1979 under the direction of Peter Hall.

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