AMADEUS by Peter Shaffer
Main School Play – 29/30 November 2019
Rehearsals are underway for the forthcoming main school production; AMADEUS by Peter Shaffer.
This famous play was made into a hugely successful film in 1984 which was nominated for 11 Oscars and won 8, including Best Picture.
Set in 18th century Vienna, it tells the story of the once-famous Italian composer Salieri (now a forgotten mediocre relic) and his furious jealousy of the young, vibrant but giggling and obscene childish-idiot-genius called Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
The play is about the nature of genius; our relationship with a spiteful and irrational God; and the murder of the greatest musical genius the world has seen at the age of 36. It is funny, intense, brave, desperately sad and tragic. And it is about mediocrity and our terrible limitations in the face of genius.
Jack Coombs stars as Salieri, with Felix Nelson as Amadeus and Lily Talbot as Constanze, his wife. Grace Greaves is the Emperor Joseph II, and Ethan Bareham plays Count Orsini-Rosenberg. The part of Salieri is immense – comparable, perhaps, with Shakespeare’s Lear. With a full cast of 45 pupils, this production is one to see.
It takes place in the Bacon Theatre on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 November at 7.15pm. No tickets are required and there will be a bar service available.
Don’t miss it!
Please note: The production contains scenes of a sexual nature and some strong language.