National Theatre


11 Jan 2018 - 24 Apr 2018

£15.00 - £65.00

Pro reviewers rating
20 reviews

4.3 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

3.0 out of 5.0

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.

The NT's hit show returns with its original leads. (Some reviews are from 2016)


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“Brilliantly acted, musically and visually rich revival of Peter Shaffer’s greatest play. ”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Msamati in the performance of a lifetime (even for him)... Stupendous... The soloists – especially Fleur de Bray – are marvels. ”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“A note-perfect production... gives it a fresh, vital and musically inventive new reading... fully confirms its classic status. ”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Thrillingly fresh and imaginative revival... Longhurst has let the air of today into Amadeus in bravura fashion... Triumphant. ”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Stupendous revival... Msamati vaults into the big league with his performance... Wonderful. ”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Makes a triumphant return... Enthralling story... This version is an extraordinary piece of theatre... Msamati: magnetic.”

Aliya Al-Hassan (Broadway World)

“Inspired production... uses members of the Southbank Sinfonia to brilliant effect... Fascinating... Msamati: superb... Beautiful”

Sarah Hemming (Financial Times)

“A corker... Msamati: exceptional depth... Longhurst’s hallucinatory production plunges you right inside this toxic mind.”

Claire Allfree (Metro, Telegraph)

“Longhurst's ravishing staging makes a spectacle of Mozart's music and yanks a masterful play into the present... Breathtaking. ”

Matt Trueman (What's On Stage, Time Out)

“Rich and racy... Absorbing... Msamati gives a poised and intelligent performance... But when it sings, its voice soars. ”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Longhurst’s production turns it into an epic piece of music-theatre... The band is fully integrated into the dramatic action. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“21 musicians are the backbone of this production, scattering and re-forming throughout. ”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“Msamati is blessed with a love of and flair with language that makes him a compelling Salieri. ”

Ian Shuttleworth (Financial Times)

“Salieri is a gift of a part and Msamati grabs it with both hands... a terrific performance... A stonking revival. ”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“Stirring... Deservedly returns for a second run... Gillen: jack-in-the-box vim... The glorious music swells.”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“Sprightly and surprising... Vivid revival... Stellar performances... Msamati: astonishing... Gillen: Excellent fun... Gripping ”

Adam Bloodworth (Metro)

“Beautiful music... Two gargantuan roles, supremely revived... Moments of heightened theatre... A production not to miss. ”

Will Longman (London Theatre)

“The Southbank Sinfonia move around the action as they play Mozart. It is as if the composer’s inky notes had taken human form. ”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Messy, muddled production... Amadeus is at once theatrically vibrant and intellectually flawed... Msamati impresses. ”

Michael Arditti (Express)

“Gillen’s impressively energetic and manic... he bravely goes way off the scale of irritating... The music often soars.”

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