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The ASB Season of Amadeus


We have 5 double passes to Amadeus for Saturday 13th May to give away. Just let us know who you’d take in the comments below and you’ll be in the draw to win. Competition Terms and Conditions apply.

The ASB season of Amadeus starts next month at the ASB Waterfront Theatre. Produced by the Auckland Theatre Company, Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus is one of the most famous and acclaimed plays of the late twentieth century and is not to be missed.

As director, Oliver Driver mentions, his interpretation of Amadeus is intended to be a multi-faceted spectacle, combining music, dance, acting and art. Everything from the musical performance, the costumes and set design has been approached with the notion of fitting the piece into a timeless setting – bringing the music of Mozart and this story to life in a distinctly modern way. It’s a larger than life exploration in multi-media and audiences will be treated to an exhibition of sound, visuals and emotion that’s much more than just a play.

This isn’t a carbon copy of the original. In every way, this piece has been constructed to fit into 2017, taking inspiration from the story but putting together a show that is unique. As well as the music and set, the costuming is a work of art, with Adrian Hailwood designing a wardrobe that mimics the style and dress of the period but not copying it.                

A story about music, this production of Amadeus is built around a live band who has re-interpreted the classical pieces of music using modern day instrumentation.

In the past, a large orchestra was needed to create a large sound, but with modern amplification and technology – this is no longer the case. Musical director, Leon Radojkovic, has put together an exciting score for the show and gives audiences a taste of what the music of Mozart would sound like if he were able to use electric guitars and synthesizers. Rather than press play and let the music sit as an accompaniment to the show, the band is on stage and built into the fabric of the performance. 

Opera singer, Madison Nonoa will also be singing six arias throughout the show – adding to the rich experience of this production of Amadeus.

Hailwood Sketches_Amadeus

Amadeus costume design sketches by Adrian Hailwood

Ella Mizrahi has created the set for Amadeus completely out of paper and recycled materials. As music is put down onto paper, it’s this physical aspect of the music that has been used as the basis for the set design. As the show develops, Antonio Salieri is constantly bombarded with the music of Mozart, ripping it to pieces and throwing it away in frustration of his genius. The set is designed to represent this world he’s created for himself in his own mind, and as Driver mentions, “it’s as if he’s drowning in the music of Mozart.” We see this house for Salieri as a place where he becomes increasingly lost in a world of music both aurally and physically.

About Amadeus

In Vienna, music is the currency of power and Court Composer Antonio Salieri is the toast of the town. That is until the arrival of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Confronted with true genius, Salieri is consumed with obsessive jealousy, declaring war on God for choosing to speak through this up start and not him. His mediocrity becomes murderous as he sets out to destroy his potty-mouthed young rival and extinguish the spark of his divine talent.

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ASB Season of Amadeus

  • 2 May - 18 May 2017
  • ASB Waterfront Theatre, 138 Halsey Street, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland
  • Original production written by Peter Shaffer
  • ATC production directed by Oliver Driver & musical direction by Leon Radojkovic

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Would take my buddy Ian. He doesn't get out much but Loves the theatre and adored Billy Elliot!
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Amanda Grimsey
Amanda Grimsey May 2, 2017 8:46 AM
I would take my wonderful husband Gordon for an amazing night out at Amadeus.
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I'd take my brother!
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I'd take my sister, my usual partner in crime :)
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I'd take Fiona Strathern - we both love playing Mozart sonatas. Crossing my fingers :)
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I would love to take my Mum and sister. We all love ATC productions and haven't yet been to anything at the ASB Waterfront Theatre.
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Fiona STODART April 28, 2017 8:38 PM
I love theatre ( to watch. Too chicken to partake ) and I adore costumes. This would have amazing period costumes
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Wendy Armstrong
Wendy Armstrong April 28, 2017 8:22 PM
One of my favourite movies and soundtracks, and as I am already going on 13 May would give the tickets to a good friend who hasnt got that much cash that she can afford theatre tickets.
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Andrea Cooke
Andrea Cooke April 28, 2017 5:09 PM
I would take my daughter jess as she's a frustrated performer and loves live theatre
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I would take my partner, we are always looking for ways to expand our cultural horizons
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I'd live to take my aunt who is my partner in theatre delights! What a treat this would be!
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I would love to take my wife! Amadeus is one of my wife's favourite movies and when we first watched it together, my wife imitating Amadeus to the point where I started calling her Deus. To this day, Deus is still one of the nicknames I call her every day.
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I would take my dad! Both of us love the theatre and music, so we'd definitely have a great time.
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I want to take my mom! She is a huge classical music fan and the movie was one of her all time favorites! Just in time for Mother's day!
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Anni Siebenmorgen
Anni Siebenmorgen April 28, 2017 11:21 AM
My husband Duncan!
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Adele Kennedy
Adele Kennedy April 28, 2017 10:50 AM
James Kennedy. My hardworking son who loves Mozart
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Kirsten Hill, my lovely daughter!
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I'd take Marcus.
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I would take my husband!
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I'd take Mike <3
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Frances Benge
Frances Benge April 28, 2017 8:49 AM
Petra Benge
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Helen Loader
Helen Loader April 28, 2017 7:54 AM
I'd take my best friend Fiona.
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Katey Rayner
Katey Rayner April 28, 2017 7:43 AM
I would take my mum! For her birthday and early Mother's Day
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Elise Macadam
Elise Macadam April 28, 2017 7:19 AM
My husband, Pete, who loves 'Phantom of the Opera' but is not that familiar with Mozart.
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My dad, Julian. :)
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My work colleague
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Amanda Yap-Choong
Amanda Yap-Choong April 28, 2017 12:31 AM
I would take Michael Leightley, we both love the film and think the ASB waterfront theatre is stunning!
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Tania Knowles
Tania Knowles April 28, 2017 12:01 AM
I would take my dad who is a musician and will know all the Mozart music and will really appreciate the live band. I am keen to experience the new theatre for the first time and appreciate the costumes and a modern interpretation.
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Vesselina Petkova
Vesselina Petkova April 27, 2017 11:52 PM
I'd take Frae Cairns!
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I saw the movie back in high school for music class and loved it. Would be so stoked to go along and watch it live all these years later
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Anna Tersintseva
Anna Tersintseva April 27, 2017 11:16 PM

I'd take my friend who is getting through break up and feels down, because I,'m sure that in these 3 hours she would forget about her problems as such performances give an impession of unreal worlds and always charge with emotions of joy and happiness.

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I would take my daughter lucy. Thanks!
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I would take my sister Kirst!
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Gail Armitage
Gail Armitage April 27, 2017 10:32 PM
I would take my sister Lesley.
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Gail Armitage
Gail Armitage April 27, 2017 10:30 PM
I would take my sister Lesley
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I would treat my mother, father in hospital recovering from surgery, but maybe he could go in my place if well enough.
0 Replies » Reply April 27, 2017 10:14 PM
Would be a wonderful to experience the new ASB theatre ;with my daughter who as a child sang in the Canterbury youth opera. A night out together, at such a world class event would be truely amazing
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Christine Alcott
Christine Alcott April 27, 2017 10:02 PM
I would take my sister Annette
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Wayne Funnell
Wayne Funnell April 27, 2017 9:39 PM
I would have the immense pleasure of taking the love of my life for the last 32 years, my beautiful wife Olwyn
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Karen Greenhow
Karen Greenhow April 27, 2017 9:21 PM
I'd take my daughter Sasha
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Ellen Knight
Ellen Knight April 27, 2017 9:02 PM
I'd take my daughter,Elspeth.
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I will take Clive, my husband or anyone else who loves 'too many notes'. Inspired from the music since I started playing piano and flute. I can remember my secondary school music teacher telling the stories of Mozart And Salieri and switching LPs as the story continued.
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Emma Gudsell
Emma Gudsell April 27, 2017 8:37 PM
I'd take my mum for here 80th birthday pressie combined with mother's day. This is something on the bucket list for us both.
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I would take my partners mum, she needs a break as her partner is ill. She loves theatre and classical music so this would be s huge treat for her, I also love Mozart.
Cheers Jane
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I'd take my wife Megan ��Looks like an amazing production.
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Sue Williams
Sue Williams April 27, 2017 6:22 PM
My daughter Chelsea who plays the piano beautifully and we both love music.
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My mom ��
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Amanda Cooper
Amanda Cooper April 27, 2017 6:08 PM
My daughter Zoe, who is a singer, but I wish I could also bring my elder daughter, Harriet but she's in Glasgow studying dress and textile history!
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If I won I would like to take my friend Anna who is amazing, has 3 kids under 6, and would really enjoy a girls night out.
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