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Amadeus | The genesis of the multiple Oscar-winning film of the same name

Published:Wednesday | July 12, 2017 | 7:00 AM
Adam Gillen and Lucian Msamati in Michael Longhurst’s production of ‘Amadeus’.

Direct from the Olivier Theatre in London, Michael Longhurst's production of Amadeus takes stage with an encore performance at Palace Cineplex this Sunday, July 16, at 11:30 a.m.

Written by the late Academy Award playwright, Sir Peter Shaffer, and with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia, Amadeus tells the tale of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Mozart (Adam Gillen), a rowdy, young prodigy arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world, and is determined to make his name. Awestruck by his brilliance, court composer Antonio Salieri (Lucian Msamati) has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Salieri, seized by obsessive jealousy, starts a musical war with Mozart and ultimately, a war with God.

After winning multiple Olivier and Tony Awards when it had its premiere at the National Theatre in 1979, Amadeus was adapted into one of the biggest Academy Award-winning films of all time, copping in 1985 a total of eight Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay.