Kelly and Broadbent to Star in John Doyle Amadeus at London's Wilton's Music Hall

News   Kelly and Broadbent to Star in John Doyle Amadeus at London's Wilton's Music Hall Matthew Kelly and Jonathan Broadbent will play Salieri and Mozart, respectively, in the upcoming London production of Peter Shaffer's Amadeus, to be directed by Tony-winning Sweeney Todd director John Doyle, at Wilton's Music Hall.

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Wilton's Music Hall is an old music hall located in London's East End. There has been talk of bringing the show to London's West End afterwards. Opening night is Sept. 19.

Kelly won an Olivier Award for playing Lennie in Of Mice and Men. He played the title role in Don Quixote at the Birmingham Rep and on a UK tour in Twelfth Night as Malvolio.

The ensemble cast also features Jess Murphy as Constanze, as well as Eamonn O’Dwyer, Sebastian Bates, Sam Kenyon, Philip Battley, Harry Napier, Michael Howcroft, Susannah Van Den Berg, Elisa Boyd, Sioned Saunders, Michael George Moore, Benedict James and Juliet Leighton-Jones.

Shaffer penned the tale of the life and emotional downfall of the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The play, set in 1823 Vienna (and 1781-1791 in flashback), is told mainly through the eyes of his fellow (and at times rival) composer Antonio Salieri.

The work originally played on Broadway in 1980 with Ian McKellen as Salieri and Tim Curry as Mozart in the Peter Hall-staged production. Both actors were nominated for Tony Awards. McKellen took home the honor along with director Hall, and the drama itself earned the Best Play Tony.

Shaffer adapted his play for the 1984 film version, which starred F. Murray Abraham as Salieri and Thomas Hulce as Mozart. The movie garnered eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

In his stagings of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd and Company (with Raul Esparza and Barbara Walsh), Doyle had his actors portray the characters as well as provide their own orchestral accompaniment.

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