CHRISTOPHER SMITH Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich
Amadeus? Well, Salieri too really, and David Lambert plays the role of Mozart's great rival with commitment and conviction, with feline cantankerousness and paranoia that rises to a climax of crime.
The Italian court composer is a man of talent and culture. In Peter Shaffer's drama he is confronted, then crushed by genius.
Mozart, here acted by Turlough Lloyd, has all the gifts. But they are coupled with immaturity that keeps bursting out in insane giggles, sexual tumbling, an extraordinary capacity for foot in mouth and a fondness for lavatorial terminology. To link all this with transcendental talent is enough to make ordinary mortals eat their wigs.
History provides a setting for these two excellent characterisations. Echo's of Mozart's music is another, and John Stokes invents a third with a grand set, monumental yet flexible, decorated with gold leaf and striking statues.
Director Clare Goddard takes the drama further by developing a dozen smaller parts.
- 1 'Absolute insanity' - Village' in massive backlash to homes plan
- 2 'Heartbroken' pet owner thanks community after missing dog found dead
- 3 The most beautiful places to live in Norfolk - according to estate agents
- 4 Fire destroys roof of Norwich home
- 5 Queen flown by helicopter to Sandringham Estate
- 6 Eight dogs up for adoption at a Norfolk rehoming centre
- 7 'I listen to science': City folk hit back at anti-vax protests
- 8 East Norfolk road closed with firefighters at the scene
- 9 Emergency services at scene of crash near A47 in Norwich
- 10 Builder of 15 years puts down tools and opens smokehouse restaurant
Neville Miller knows just how to combine dignity with the emperor's dottiness, and Vince Hadley conveys an impression of calm gravity as Van Swieten until he loses all patience. A quartet of young ladies conveys the gossip of Vienna with attractive vivacity.
Amadeus has been made into an excellent film. It is brave of the Maddermarket to bring the work back to the live theatre. The result is a triumph, technically and, far more important, emotionally too.