National Theatre at Home:


by Peter Shaffer

Vienna: the music capital of the world.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives 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.

Peter Shaffer’s iconic play had its premiere at the National Theatre in 1979, winning multiple Olivier and Tony awards before being adapted into an Academy Award-winning film.

In this new production, directed by Michael Longhurst (Constellations, The World of Extreme Happiness), Lucian Msamati (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, ‘Master Harold’… and the boys) plays Salieri – with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia.

“A note-perfect production. Fresh, vital and musically inventive.” – Daily Telegraph

“A thrillingly fresh and imaginative revival. Adam Gillen delivers a most moving portrayal of Mozart.” – Independent

“Epic. Wonderful. A stupendous revival.” – Time Out

“A stunning piece of theatre.” – Guardian

“Impressive. Lucian Msamati is rock-solid as Salieri.” – The Times

“A rich, celebratory revival of Peter Shaffer’s greatest play.” – The Stage

“Breathtaking. Shaffer’s play is a masterpiece that makes up its own rules.” – Whats On Stage

You can watch Amadeus as part of National Theatre at Home until 2pm on Thursday, July 23, but you’ll need to start watching by 11am on July 23rd to see it all.

The BBFC age rating is 15 due to some strong language and moderate sex references.