At the core of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus, which is fuelled by rabid envy and beautiful music, are two gargantuan roles, supremely revived as Michael Longhurst’s 2016 production returns to the Olivier.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is a rowdy young prodigy who arrives in Vienna determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, Court Composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy it. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music and, ultimately, with God.
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