Manuel Cauchi to star in ‘Amadeus’ at Teatru Ma­noel

Tick­ets are now on sale for Peter Shaf­fer’s ‘Amadeus’ – win­ner of the 1981 Tony award for best play – be­ing staged at Teatru Ma­noel by Mas­quer­ade Theatre Com­pany this month.

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Tick­ets for Peter Shaf­fer’s award-win­ning play Amadeus – brought to the Teatru Ma­noel stage by Mas­quer­ade Theatre Com­pany once again, as they cel­e­brate their 20th an­niver­sary – are now avail­able. There will be six per­for­mances of the time­less piece, which won the Tony award for best play in 1981.

Amadeus is an or­nate reimag­in­ing of the lives of the world’s great­est com­poser, Wolf­gang Amadeus Mozart and his archri­val An­to­nio Salieri. Shaf­fer’s 1979 mas­ter­piece takes us back in time to 18th cen­tury Vienna, bring­ing the mu­sic of two great com­posers to life, while ex­plor­ing the na­ture of in­no­va­tion and jeal­ousy in their cir­cle.

In­tro­duced to the el­derly Salieri at the open­ing of the play, he di­vulges the events that took place 44 years ear­lier, con­fess­ing that it was he who was re­spon­si­ble for Mozart’s death. The sup­pos­edly-mad Salieri de­liv­ers his con­fes­sion with pride as he claims he wanted to spite God as his mo­tive for the killing. The well-known mur­der plot, fu­elled by Salieri’s jeal- ousy and bit­ter­ness, was per­pet­u­ated in Shaf­fer's 1979 Amadeus, but crit­ics have ar­gued over the pos­si­ble ve­rac­ity of this claim. Pro­ducer An­thony Bezzina states that this fic­tion­alised his­tory of Amadeus gives it a unique “in­ter­na­tional ap­peal and a his­toric cu­rios­ity”, which, in­deed, has con­trib­uted to its huge suc­cess.

Amadeus is be­ing re­vis­ited 16 years af­ter it was ini­tially staged to rave re­views by Mas­quer­ade Theatre Com­pany in 2002. The 2018 show will take on a new di­rec­tor, set and cast at Teatru Ma­noel from 19 Oc­to­ber. The play will see vet­eran ac­tor Manuel Cauchi re­turn to the stage af­ter al­most four years to play the role of Salieri, as well as the renowned Thomas Camil­leri play­ing the role of Mozart. It is be­ing di­rected by Stephen Oliver.

‘Amadeus’ will be pro­duced for six per­for­mances at Teatru Ma­noel, Val­letta. Shows will take place on 19-21 and 26-28 Oc­to­ber. Tick­ets, which start from €18, are now avail­able via www.teatru­ma­noel.com.mt.

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