It started as a play, and became an award-winning movie. Straight from London, Amadeus, the classic tale on screen, will show at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 7 PM.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna – and he’s 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 he begins a war with Mozart, with music, and ultimately, with God.
“The production and the actors are larger than life,” says Kristin Cobb, Executive Director of Harbison Theatre at MTC. “This production is an exciting revival of the traditional play and comes across great on screen.”
Lucian Msamati (Luther, Game of Thrones) plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic work, recorded live from London’s Olivier Theatre stage. The performance also includes an orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia, a 20-piece orchestra that is fully integrated into the action to bring Mozart’s music to life on screen.
The production has received praise from many for its creative storytelling. The Daily Telegraph described it as “A note-perfect production. Fresh, vital, and musically inventive,” while the Independent noted that the play is, “a thrillingly fresh and imaginative revival.”
Though the story is based on one of the world’s most famous composers, it doesn’t take a classical music enthusiast to appreciate the story. It’s a highly accessible tale about a troubled soul who is one of the most skilled performers of all time. The play won multiple Olivier and Tony awards when it had its premiere at the National Theatre in 1979 before it was then adapted into an Academy Award-winning film.
National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking project launched in June 2009 that has broadcast more than 40 productions to 5.5 million people across the world. Each production is performed in front of a live audience in London, recorded with multiple cameras positioned throughout the auditorium, and then screened in theatres across the globe – giving viewers “the best seat in the house.”
HT@MTC’s other remaining National Theatre Live screening in the 2017-2018 Season is Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, starring Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman in Black), Joshua McGuire (The Hour), and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Witness for the Prosecution) in this brilliantly funny situation comedy on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 7 PM.
Individual show tickets, as well as packages, are available at www.HarbisonTheatre.org. Buyers may also order tickets via phone at 803.407.5011 or in person at the Harbison Theatre Box Office, Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM. The box office also will open two hours prior to each show.