Peter Shaffer

Published by Samuel French Ltd

3 Female

This provocative work weaves a confrontation between mediocrity and genius into a tale of breathtaking dramatic power

In the court of the Austrian Emperor, Antonio Salieri is the established composer. Enter the greatest musical genius of all time: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Salieri has given himself to God so that he might realize his sole ambition to be a great composer

Mozart is a foul mouthed, graceless libertine who has achieved that which is beyond Salieri's grasp. Full of envy and hatred, the mediocre composer sets out to destroy this child who effortlessly hears the music of the spheres

"A total iridescent triumph ... of complexity of thought, emotion and dramatic power" ~ N.Y. Post

"Mozart blazes" ~ N.Y. Times

"Inspired" ~ Toronto Star

"Season's best.... Snag[s] the soul and live[s], in some way, forever.... Vast and glorious" ~ London Free Press

"Back in town and very welcome.... Highly theatrical ... it contains technical skill with a genuine sense of rage" ~ London Guardian

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