National Theatre Live: “Amadeus”
Tuesday, May 16, 7 p.m.

Music. Power. Jealousy. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world, determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealousy, Salieri begins a war with Mozart, with music and ultimately, with God. Peter Shaffer’s iconic play “Amadeus” received multiple Olivier and Tony awards following its National Theatre premiere in 1979 and was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film.

Lucian Msamati (“Luther,” “Game of Thrones”) plays Salieri under the direction of Michael Longhurst, with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia. Msamati appeared in National Theatre Live’s “The Comedy of Errors,” and in spring of 2015, he became the first black actor to play Iago in a Royal Shakespeare Company production of “Othello.”

“Amadeus” is recommended for age 12 and up.

The Wirtz Center’s Stage on Screen broadcasts are sponsored by a generous grant from The Alumnae of Northwestern University. National Theatre Live is supported by funding from Arts Council England and AVIVA.

Tickets are $20 for general public and $10 for students with valid I.D. They are available online at the Wirtz Center website, by phone at 847-491-4819 or in person at the Wirtz Center box office in the Barber Theater lobby, 30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston.     

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