19:30, Thu 10th – Sun 13th March 2011 at Newnham Old Labs
Lent Week 7 to Week 8
It is 1823 and the genius Mozart has been dead for thirty years, but as Salieri rakes over the jealousy of his rival the court of eighteenth century Vienna floods back into life. The Emperor Joseph and his philistine officials. The raucous prodigy with his revolutionary music, and his disrespect for all things traditional and mediocre. And amongst all this, Salieri. The only man who recognises Mozart’s genius, and the man most tortured by it.
Clare Actors presents an exciting new production of this modern classic. In parts murder mystery, biting satire and theatrical spectacle - Shaffer’s tragic masterpiece asks us finally, not what it takes to be a genius, but what it means to be a man.