It’s 1823, and a cacophony of scandalous whispers echo through the streets of Vienna. Renowned Italian composer Antonio Salieri flees from claims of murder but has nowhere to hide. While chasing fame and fortune, we learn how Salieri becomes obsessed with the rowdy young prodigy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who is determined to make a splash. A deadly game of envy, deceit, and revenge ensues. Who will prevail? The villainous veteran or the worshipped wunderkind?
Winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Play, and winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1985, musical history is enlivened and re-imagined in Peter Shaffer’s award-winning parable about malice, madness, and the love of music.
Should I see it?
A pinnacle piece of contemporary theatre, Amadeus is the perfect play for lovers of classical music, historical fiction, witty repartee, low comedy, and high drama. If you’re the kind of person who enjoys the underhanded and sneaky antics of Iago in Othello, Richard III, or Francis Underwood from “House of Cards,” you’ll revel in Salieri’s tactics to undermine and destroy his musical adversary.