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Gerard Murphy as Salieri in Amadeus

Gerard Murphy as Salieri in Amadeus

Amadeus @ The Crucible

Amadeus marked the end of an era at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield - the last play in the main auditorium before it closed for refurbishment.

:: Amadeus ran at the Crucible until Saturday, 8 December, 2007.

The curtain is coming down on the Crucible as we know it and it's fitting that one of the theatre's favourite sons should be there at the end.

Director Nikolai Foster has been closely associated with the Crucible's creative rebirth and he delivers a magnificent Amadeus as a going away present.

Next month the famous thrust stage will go dark and remain that way for almost two years, except, of course, for the lucrative and prestigious snooker championships.

Here Foster -  responsible for the equally impressive A Chorus Line and Assassins at the Crucible - presents a dark, epic and yet wonderfully intimate production of Peter Shaffer's famous play from the late seventies.

Bryan Dick as Amadeus at the Crucible, Sheffield

Bryan Dick as Amadeus at the Crucible

This is riveting stuff and Foster has collected an impressive cast and design team. At the centre of it all is Gerard Murphy as Salieri, the court composer looking back on his life and rivalry with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Amadeus, despite its title, is very much about Salieri and Murphy is dynamic. His moment of truth, the realisation that God has touched Mozart and not him with genius, will stay long in the memory.

And as for Mozart? Its a terrific performance from Bryan Dick as the boorish, vulgar upstart who writes the sweetest of music but dies too young, unrecognised,  shunned by society and tormented by his own mortality.

Not everything in Amadeus quite comes off. For me using the whole auditorium for several entrances and exits can be distracting. And is 20 seconds of a topless mistress really essential to the feel and honesty of the production? I think  not.

But this is nit-picking. Nikolai Foster's Amadeus is a brooding and thrilling piece of theatre and a fitting finale before the Crucible main house closes its doors.

:: Amadeus ran at the Crucible until Saturday, 8 December, 2007.

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