Cinema Nouveau to screen Peter Shaffer’s classic play, ‘Amadeus’


The next National Theatre Live broadcast to screen at Cinema Nouveau is the 2016 National Theatre production of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus, starring Fresh Meat’s Adam Gillen and Misfit’s Karla Crome as Mozart and his wife, and Game of Throne’s Lucian Msamati as the composer’s great rival Salieri.

The stage production, directed by Michael Longhurst, was filmed live for broadcast into cinemas globally at the National Theatre in London, with orchestral accompaniment by the 30-piece Southbank Sinfonia orchestra.

Opening on Saturday, 4 March there will be for four screenings only.

Shaffer’s iconic play follows Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Gillen), a rowdy young prodigy, who arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world – and he’s determined to make a splash.

Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri (Msamati) has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealousy, he begins a war with Mozart, with music and, ultimately, with God.

After winning multiple Olivier and Tony Awards when it had its premiere at the National Theatre in 1979, Amadeus was later adapted into an Academy Award-winning film.


Watch the NT Live trailer of Amadeus here:

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Amadeus can be seen at 7.30pm on Saturday, March 4, 2.30pm on Sunday, March 5, 7.30pm on Wednesday, March 8 and 7.30pm on Thursday, March 9 at Cinema Nouveau theatres in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town. The running time is approximately 210 minutes, including an interval.

For booking information on Amadeus, visit or

Launched in 2009, National Theatre Live (NT Live) enables audiences to experience the best of British theatre throughout the year, as the National brings cameras into the auditorium to record and broadcast performances from stage to screen.

NT Live broadcasts have been seen by an audience of more than 6 million people at over 2 500 venues in 60 countries.

The next productions from NT Live to be screened at Cinema Nouveau are:

Saint Joan (from 18 March)
The Donmar Warehouse production of Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan is directed by artistic director Josie Rourke and stars Gemma Arterton as Joan of Arc.

Joan: daughter, farm girl, visionary, patriot, king-whisperer, soldier, leader, victor, icon, radical, witch, heretic, saint, martyr, woman.

Shaw’s classic play follows the life and trial of a young country girl who declares a bloody mission to drive the English from France. As one of the first Protestants and nationalists, she threatens the very fabric of feudal society and the Catholic Church across Europe.

Hedda Gabler (from 1 April)
Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge) returns to NT Live cinema screens with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece, with Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair, Jane Eyre) in the title role of a new version by Patrick Marber (Notes on a Scandal, Closer).

Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel.

Also heading to Cinema Nouveau are:
Twelfth Night (27 May), starring Tamsin Greig and directed by Simon Godwin;
Rozencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead (3 June), with Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire and David Haig in Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situation comedy, from The Old Vic theatre;
Peter Pan (8 July), captured live at the National Theatre, this performance of JM Barrie’s much-loved tale screens as perfect cinema fare for the mid-year school holidays: All children, except one, grow up…
Salomé (22 July), directed by South African-born award-winning director Yaёl Farber;
Marianne Elliott’s production of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America – Part I & II (19 August and 2 September), with Andrew Garfield, Susan Brown, Nathan Lane, James McArdle, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Denise Gough and Russell Tovey; and
Yerma (23 September), Simon Stone’s radical production of Federico García Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece, with Billie Piper reprising the lead role.


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