John Doyle Amadeus to Play London's Wilton's Music Hall

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The upcoming London production of Peter Shaffer's Amadeus, to be directed by Tony-winning Sweeney Todd director John Doyle, will debut at Wilton's Music Hall.
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"We'll try it out there," said Doyle in the Tony Awards pressroom June 11, after his win. "We'll see how it goes. There's been talk about bringing it in to London after that."

Wilton's Music Hall is an old music hall located in London's East End. No casting has been announced for the production.

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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