Live simulcast of Amadeus coming to Aero and Oko

The play that inspired the film is currently on the stage in London

The film version of Peter Shaffer's play Amadeus has become so famous that people even forget there is a play. As part of the NT Live series, the play will be simulcast from London's Olivier Stage, where it is performed live, to several theaters worldwide including Kino Aero and Bio Oko on Feb. 2 at 7:45 pm, for one show only.

The play will have musical accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia. This new production has received very positive reviews. The Daily Telegraph called it: “Note-perfect. Fresh, vital and musically inventive.” The Guardian said it is “an epic piece of music-theatre.” Time Out used similar language: “Epic. Wonderful. A stupendous revival.”

The cast was also praised. “Adam Gillen delivers a most moving portrayal of Mozart,” the Independent said. The actor portraying Salieri was singled out by the Sunday Times: “Lucian Msamati gives an immense performance.”

Msamati appeared in the hit HBO series Game of Thrones as as Salladhor Saan, and has also been in Dr Who, along with extensive stage work including Shakespearean roles.

Adam Gillen is also known for his stage work, but has been on British TV series such as the sitcom Benidorm. On stage he has been in A Taste of Honey at the Royal Exchange Theatre, The School for Scandal at the Barbican and the Royal Shakespeare Company's Wendy and Peter.

The play tells of the supposed rivalry between the composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri, but it is largely fiction. A musical composition co-written by the two 18th century composers was found in Prague in an archives and shown to the public for the first time in February 2016.

There will be other NT Live productions seen in Prague during this season including Shakespeare's Twelfth Night on April 6 and Tony Kushner's Angels Over America, in two parts, on July 20 and 27. Throughout the year, there will also be presentations of live opera from the Met and ballet in select Prague theaters.

For fans of the film Amadeus, that version will be at Aero on Feb. 18 at part of an 85th birthday celebration of director Miloš Forman.

Mozart fans also have lot to look to look forward to, as this is 230th anniversary of Mozart conducting the premiere of Don Giovanni in Prague, and events are planned to mark that as well.

For more information on theater, opera and ballet simulcasts, visit www.vicnezfilm.cz

The schedule of Kino Aero is here www.kinoaero.cz and Bio Oko is here www.biooko.net.

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