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Amadeus

Amadeus
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
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Author: Peter Shaffer
Publisher: Samuel French (cover image may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 133
Pub. Date: 1981
ISBN-10: 0573605726
ISBN-13: 9780573605727
Cast Size: 3 female, 12 male, extras

About the Play:

Amadeus
was one of Royal National Theatre of Britain's top 100 plays of the 20th century.

Amadeus has long been a favourite of acting teachers for Male Monologues and Female/Male Scenes.

Amadeus is a full-length drama by Peter Shaffer. 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.

Amadeus is about he life and times of the unkempt musical genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as seen through the eyes of his fastidious rival, devout court composer Antonio Salieri. In the court of the Austrian Emperor Josef, Antonio Salieri is the established composer. Enter the greatest musical genius of all time: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart is a foul-mouthed, graceless oaf who has that which is beyond Salieri's envious grasp: Genius. Salieri has given himself to God so that he might realize his sole ambition to be a great composer. But he comes to grips with the fact that while he himself is very talented, Mozart derives a true genius directly from God. With that realization, Salieri sets out to get his revenge on God by destroying Mozart. How far will Salieri go to achieve the fame that Mozart disregards? Peter Shaffer's iconic play weaves a confrontation between mediocrity and genius into a tale of breathtaking dramatic power.

Amadeus premiered 1979 at the Royal National Theatre in London and won both the Evening Standard Drama Award and the Theatre Critics Award. It opened on Broadway in 1980 at the Broadhurst Theatre and won the coveted Tony Award. It went on to become a critically acclaimed major motion picture winning eight Oscars, including Best Picture. The play has become a favourite scene study vehicle in acting classes and workshops and is regularly performed in regional, high school, college, and community theatre productions.

Cast: 3 female, 12 male, extras

What people say:

"A total iridescent triumph ... of complexity of thought, emotion and dramatic power." — New York Post

"Mozart blazes." — New York Times

"Amadeus is a rich theatrical experience you are not likely to repeat for many a year." — Washington Post

"Inspired." — Toronto Star

"Back in town and very welcome...highly theatrical it contains technical skill with a genuine sense of rage." — Guardian (London)

About the Author:

Sir Peter Levin Shaffer, CBE (1926-2016) was an English playwright and screenwriter. He is familiar to North American audiences as the author of Amadeus and Equus, two of the most successful plays of the postwar era, and of a string of other award-winning plays, several of which have been turned into films.

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