Sweeney Todd director-designer John Doyle applies his multi award-winning actor-musician musical approach to the production, which features Stars in Their Eyes presenter turned Olivier Award winner Matthew Kelly as Salieri to Jonathan Broadbent’s Mozart.
Set in 18th-century Vienna, Amadeus explores the relationship between the obsessive Austrian Court composer Antonio Salieri and his meteoric young rival Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Most first night critics agreed that having musicians play live on stage added a great deal to the production – though perhaps not enough – but were divided about Matthew Kelly’s central role as Salieri, as well as the quality of Shaffer’s original play. Highest praise was reserved for the venue itself which, said the critics, provides an ideal setting for the piece.
- by Caroline Ansdell