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This autumn, Peter Shaffer’s classic play Amadeus makes a long-awaited return to the National after 37 years...

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. 

Directed by Michael Longhurst (The World of Extreme Happiness at the NT and Constellations), this acclaimed 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, Lucian Msamati (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom) plays Salieri, with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia. Designed by Chloe Lamford, with music direction and additional music by Simon Slater, choreography by Imogen Knight, lighting by Jon Clark and sound by Paul Arditti. 

Amadeus runs from 19 October to 31 December, and is supported by Travelex, with hundreds of seats at £15 for every show; the production is supported by the Amadeus production syndicate, in association with Southbank Sinfonia.

For more information and to book tickets, head to the National Theatre website.

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