2 - 9 November 2024


Peter Shaffer

IN OLD AGE, Salieri recalls his successful career as Court Composer, his hatred of Mozart, and how he conceived the brilliant young composer’s demise. With an obnoxious personality totally incongruous with his musical genius, Mozart died neglected and impoverished while the mediocre Salieri lived in a blaze of fame and praise. Salieri’s ironic fate was to be the only man at court to realise that “…from the ordinary he created legends – and I from legends created only the ordinary”. Now approaching his own death, Salieri has nothing but the awareness of his own hollow achievements, and a terrible intention to achieve another kind of immortality. The play is set in Vienna in November 1823 and, in recall, the decade 1781–91.

This amateur production of “Amadeus” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd.

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