See a production of the play that led to the Oscar-winning film entirely free of charge via YouTube, thanks to the National Theatre.

Once again, the National Theatre is bringing one of its acclaimed, full-length theatrical productions to its YouTube channel this evening, as part of its National Theatre At Home programme. This is the programme that it introduced when lockdown began, whereby full length recordings of its plays – that it had been beaming to cinemas – are released free of charge for a week at a time.

A real treat this evening, too, as a production of Peter Shaffer’s play Amadeus is on the bill. The play of course was the basis for the Oscar-winning movie of the same name.

This production is directed by Michael Longhurst, and stars Lucian Msamati and Adam Gillen. It’ll go live from 7pm tonight, and will be available for a full week. It’ll appear in the window below, or click through to see the show on YouTube directly.

The production comes with a 15 certificate, and we’ll leave you with the synopsis for it…

Music. Power. Jealousy. Welcome to Vienna. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy it. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music and, ultimately, with God. Peter Shaffer’s iconic play had its premiere at the National Theatre in 1979, winning multiple Olivier and Tony awards before being adapted into an Academy Award-winning film. Directed by Michael Longhurst (Constellations, The World of Extreme Happiness), Lucian Msamati (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, ‘Master Harold’… and the boys) plays Salieri – with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia.

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