Rupert Everett’s Salieri to christen Chichester £22m revamp

Rupert Everett. Photo by Karl Lagerfeld
Photo by Karl Lagerfeld

Chichester’s Festival Theatre reopens in July with a new production of Amadeus, featuring stage and screen star Rupert Everett alongside acclaimed young actor Joshua McGuire.

Everett will be the very first actor to be seen by an audience on the Festival Theatre stage following the £22 million redevelopment of the Grade II* listed building.

Amadeus is a fictionalised account of the rivalry between court composer Salieri and the young genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, set amid the splendour of 18th century Vienna.

The multi award-winning play – later adapted into an Oscar-winning film – will be the second production by Peter Shaffer to be staged during Festival 2014.

Shaffer’s Black Comedy will also run as part of the season, alongside three weekends of special events.

This major celebration of Shaffer’s work reflects his importance to the theatre dating back to 1964, and his wider success as one of Britain’s greatest living playwrights.

Rupert Everett, who last appeared at Chichester in Pygmalion in 2010, plays embittered court composer Salieri.

He recently scored a huge hit in London playing Oscar Wilde in The Judas Kiss, a Chichester co-production, for which he won a Award and Olivier Award nomination.

Joshua McGuire plays Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. His credits include a leading role in the highly praised production of Privacy (Donmar Warehouse), Posh at the Royal Court and West End, and the title role in Hamlet at Shakespeare’s Globe.

Screen credits include Mr Turner, which won rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival this year, and BBC 2’s The Hour.

Also in the production is Jessie Buckley, Richard Clifford, Simon Jones, Timothy Kightley, John Standing, Derek Hutchinson and James Simmons.

Amadeus is directed by Chichester’s artistic director, Jonathan Church.

Amadeus is at the Festival Theatre, Chichester, from 12 July – 2 August.

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