Amadeus, directed by Peter Shaffer, is currently playing at Sydney’s Genesian Theatre. This very cosy, small theatre, where every seat has a good view of the stage, is housed in a former historic church at 420 Kent Street.
First performed at the Royal National Theatre in London in 1979, then made into a film which won eight Oscars, Amadeus tells the story of Antonio Salieri, court composer to the Emperor Joseph II and his jealousy of child prodigy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who composed his first concerto at four and his first symphony at five.
Directed by Stephen Lloyd-Coombs, Amadeus has you spellbound from beginning to end, marveling at the acting skills of Nick Hunter as Salieri, who seems to be on stage for virtually the entire play. Jasper Garner Gore is delightful as Mozart, as is Nicole Wineberg playing his wife, Constanze.
Salieri’s jealousy first emerges when Mozart appears at the Hapsubrg Court and he realizes that his skills are no match for those of Mozart. Salieri then makes it his mission to destroy Mozart’s reputation and bring him down, while at the same time, making his own star rise.
The story is told in flashback and begins with Salieri confessing to the rumour, thirty years after Mozart’s death, that he poisoned Mozart.
Amadeus is playing on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm, with a Sunday matinee at 4.30 pm until 29 November.
The next production is The Winslow Boy, commencing 17 January 2015.
Sandra Tiltman Photos: John Pond