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Amadeus at Cineplex on Sunday

Published:Thursday | July 13, 2017 | 12:59 AM

A musical warfare spewed by jealousy and the quest for power rages to the powerful sound of music in National Theatre Live's Amadeus. An encore presentation of the award-winning play with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia, will be shown exclusively at Palace Cineplex, the Sunday, July 16, at 11:30 am.

After winning multiple Olivier and Tony Awards when it had its premiere at the National Theatre in 1979, Amadeus was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film of the same name, sweeping the Oscars in 1985, with a grand total of eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Both masterpieces are by the late playwright/screenbwriter and Academy Award winner, Sir Peter Shaffer. The revival of Amadeus by award-winning stage director, Michael Longhurst, known for making bold choices, has received exceptional reviews.

Amadeus tells a remarkable tale of power, music and jealousy. This is the story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a young whimsical prodigy who is determined to make his name in Vienna, the music capital of the world. However, when court composer Antonio Salieri is amazed by Mozart's brilliance, instead of forming an alliance, he starts a musical war with Mozart and ultimately a war with God as he is anguished by his own limitations. The most striking aspect of the production is that it harnesses the talent of a full-on orchestra - the Southbank Sinfonia, whose members also have minor acting roles.

The complex protagonist, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is played by Adam Gillen. Amadeus is representative of the late Peter Shaffer's Total Theatre advocacy, which focuses on promoting the combination of acting, miming and singing in a single production.

Tickets are on sale at the box office of the Palace Cineplex and via the web at, with any major credit card, or a Palace Card.