Watermans Arts Centre, Brentford
Opened 22 April, 1991

Salieri's opening line, "It's not true, you know," supposes a certain amount of knowledge on the part of the audience as much, basically, as is contained in Amadeus. His jealousy of Mozart is nonetheless portrayed at length, as is his temptation to poison the upstart genius: whether he actually dunnit remains ambiguous, despite his protestations.

This is "a dramatic entertainment", which means there's a lot of singing and piano-playing interspersed by bouts of acting. The balance is achieved adroitly enough, although it's apparent that Garth Bardsley (playing Mozart) is more a singer than an actor, and it's unfortunate that Stefan Bednarczyk as Salieri is the better pianist. As part of the Mozart bicentcennial industry, though, you could fare a lot worse.

Written for City Limits magazine.

Copyright Ian Shuttleworth; all rights reserved.

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