by Peter Shaffer / directed by Shana Bestock

January 29 – February 21, 2016 (preview: January 28)

In 18th-century Vienna, music is the currency of power and Court Composer Antonio Salieri is the toast of the town. That is, until a young prodigy by the name of Mozart comes on the scene. Reeling from the realization of his own mediocrity in the face of true genius, Salieri swears vengeance on the God that gave Mozart his breathtaking talent. Winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Play, Amadeus explodes with musical masterpieces and richness of language, juxtaposing the petty world of human excess, indulgence and jealousy with the transcendent achievements of human artistry, passion and genius. Don’t miss SPT’s daring re-imagining of the acclaimed drama the Washington Post called “riveting… thrilling… with high drama and delightful laughter.”

Run time: 2.5 hours, with intermission.

Contains strong language and mature themes.

Brandon J. Simmons (Antonio Salieri), Tim Gouran (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart), Keiko Green (Constanze Weber), Heather Hawkins (Emperor Joseph II), Pam Nolte (Baron van Swieten), Rebecca M. Davis (Count Orsini-Rosenberg), Kathy Hsieh (Johann Killian von Strack), Sunam Ellis (Venticelli), Kevin Lin (Venticelli)

Design & Production:
Shana Bestock (Director), Caitlin McCown (Stage Manager), Richard Schaefer (Scenic Designer), Tim Wratten (Lighting Designer), Dustin Morache (Sound Designer), Chelsea Cook (Costume Designer), Ashley Banker (Props Designer), Mario Gomez (Assistant Stage Manager)


Keiko Green, Tim Gouran and Brandon J. Simmons in Seattle Public Theater’s production of AMADEUS by Peter Shaffer. Photo: John Ulman.


Peter Shaffer, a renowned English playwright, was born in Liverpool, England on May 15th, 1926. He studied history on a scholarship at Trinity College, University of Cambridge. Before beginning his playwriting career, Shaffer was a coal miner during World War II; afterwards, he held various odd jobs, such as bookstore clerk and assistant at the New York Public Library. During the early years of his career he also worked as a literary critic.

Soon after his graduation in 1950, Shaffer collaborated with his twin, Anthony Shaffer, to publish three mystery novels under the pseudonym “Peter Anthony.” Following this, his first radio play, The Prodigal Father, saw success on BBC, as did a number of other TV and radio works of his. Shaffer’s first great theatrical success was Five Finger Exercise, which opened in London for a two-year run. Once Great Britain’s National Theatre was established in 1963, Shaffer did all of his subsequent work in its service.

One of Shaffer’s most famous plays, Equus, was published in 1973 and won him numerous awards, including a 1975 Tony Award for best play, and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award. Equus ran on Broadway for more than 1,000 performances, and was revived in 2008 in a run starring Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame. Amadeus, another successful play, followed in 1979, winning the Evening Standard Drama Award and the Theatre Critics’ Award in London; it later won the 1981 Tony Award for best play on Broadway.

Many of Shaffer’s plays have been adapted into successful films — most notably Amadeus in 1984, which won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

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