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PRESS: Peter Shaffer's AMADEUS coming to Theatre on the Bay

Pieter Toerien Productions

 

Gloucester Productions is thrilled to present a 2024 staging of Peter Shaffer's classic play Amadeus, starring Alan Committie as Salieri.

This powerful, thrilling story about passion, jealousy and vengeance debuted in Johannesburg, and now Cape Town audiences will get to enjoy the play at Pieter Toerien's Theatre on the Bay from 12 April - 18 May.


Joining Alan Committie on stage is Aidan Scott (The Mousetrap, One Piece, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Don't Make Tea) as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Lisa Tredoux (A Midsummer Night's Dream, Skin Tight) as Constanze, Mark Elderkin (A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night) as Emperor Joseph II, Phumi Mncayi (The Color Purple, Six Characters in Search of An Author, Sister Act) as Orsini Rosenburg, Andreas Damm (Love's Labour's Lost, The Metamorphosis, Tartuffe) as Van Swieten, Miguel de Sampaio (Every Brilliant Thing, Mephisto, Stupid F*cking Bird) as Von Strack, and Léa Blerk (The Sound of Music, Stupid F*cking Bird, Mephisto) as Katerina.


This Tony award-winning play was first staged in 1979 and has had numerous productions presented all over the world since then, including a staging at the Alhambra Theatre in Johannesburg in 1981. An Oscar award-winning movie followed in 1984.


All the elements are present for an unforgettable theatrical experience: suspense, comedy, rousing music and intriguing characters.


In the court of the Austrian Emperor Joseph II, Antonio Salieri is the established composer. Enter the greatest musical symphonist of all time: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.


Salieri has given himself to God so that he might realise his sole ambition; to be a great melodist. Mozart, however, is a foul-mouthed, obnoxious oaf who has that which is beyond Salieri's envious grasp: genius.


This is Salieri's passionate telling of his act of vengeance in response to Mozart.


Peter Shaffer has given us a riveting, intriguing study of the roots of envy and the haphazard nature of genius.


Amadeus is brimming with gloriously evocative text and soaring snatches of Mozart's music and promises to be a vivid theatrical occasion that's not to be missed.


Award winning director Geoffrey Hyland takes the helm of Amadeus.


His production team includes Illka Louw (costume designer), Tineill Tredoux (costume coordinator), Oliver Hauser (lighting); Nadine Minnaar (scenic elements) and Gideon Lombard (sound design).


Director Geoffrey Hyland explains, "Directing one of the world's great classic plays, and finding a fresh way to tell that story to a contemporary audience, is a dream challenge for me as a director. My great joy is to work with the actors - in this case, a stellar cast headed by the inimitable Alan Committie - and shape their offerings into a compelling account of genius and jealousy." 

Two-time Fleur du Cap Best Actor winner Alan Committie (Richard III, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf), heads up the illustrious cast, playing Antonio Salieri.


"I am thrilled to be playing Salieri in one of the great play texts from the 20th Century! Enflamed in parts by passion, rage, jealousy and righteousness - he is a joy to interpret and perform." - Alan Committie.


Amadeus is presented by Gloucester Productions in partnership with Carolyn Steyn and Siv Ngesi and with permission by Concord Theatricals Ltd.


Committie goes on to say, "Amadeus is a must see experience.  I'm not sure when we might get the opportunity to watch this sublime text on a local professional stage again." 


Amadeus runs at Pieter Toerien's Theatre On The Bay from 12 April - 18 May, 2024.


Performances are Tuesdays - Fridays at 7:30pm, and Saturdays at 3pm and 7:30pm.


Ticket prices range from R180 - R300 and bookings are via Webtickets, selected Pick 'n Pay Outlets or by calling the theatre box office on 021 438 3300/1.


Booking through Webtickets.


Discounts for Students and Senior Citizens apply.


For group Bookings contact Dean Roberts at dean@theatreonthebay.co.za, or dial (021) 438-3301.



The duration of the show is 2-hours plus a 20-minute interval.



Age Restriction - PG12.

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