Archives - Amadeus

by Peter Schaffer

Directed by Keith Bridgeman

Saturday 4th – Saturday 11th May 1991 in the Auditorium

Set in 1823 and 1791 the play tells the story of Salieri who insists that he murdered Mozart. As a boy Salieri did a deal with God, in return for sufficient fame he promises he will honour God with music all the days of his life. His career flourishes accordingly as he finds favour with the emperor, until Mozart appears on the Viennese scene. As soon as he hears it Salieri realises that Mozart’s music must be divinely inspired and his own mere compositions are shown to be courtly trivia. He determines to separate Mozart the God from Mozart the man.

That the voice of God can speak through the music of such a repellant and infantile man is more than Salieri can bear, surely divine inspiration needs a respectable mouthpiece. Surely Art is respectable.

The play follows Mozart’s rise and fall and Salieri’s descent into desperation as he tries to come to terms with his deal with God.

If Salieri can’t write such wonderful, joyous music then nor will anybody else.

Part of the Barn’s 1990/1991 season

Presented by The Barn Theatre Club


Antonio Salieri-Keith Thompson
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart-Paul Mulrennan
Constanze Weber-Jenny Miles
Joseph II, Emperor of Austria-Mike Smith
Count Johann Kilian von Strack-George Blee
Count Franz Orsini-Rosenburg-Clive George
Baron Gottfried van Swieten-Lou Monzeglio
The ‘Venticelli’-Simon Peers
Alan Southgate
Valet-Ian Bage
Cook-Martin Gadd
Kappelmeister Bonno-David Thompson
Teresa Salieri-Carolyn Annand
Katherina Cavalieri-Julia Goodall
Citizens, Servants, Courtiers-Carol Marks
Members of The Company

Creative team

Director-Keith Bridgeman
Set Design-Steve Thompson
Lighting Design-Eric Farlie
Sound Design-Michael Merry
Costume Design-Tiffany While
Stage Manager-Norman Merry
Assistant Stage Managers-Mel Dixon
Peggy Thompson
Lighting Operator-Pam Farlie
Sound Operator-Neil Rhodes
Properties-Jean Amato
Iris Marshall
Belinda Putley
Lynne Money
Barbara Millard
Set Construction-Pat Finch
Salieri’s Mask-Isla Petch
Production Secretary-Sylvia Pepper

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