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Sky have announced that acclaimed writer of Giri/Haji and BAFTA-winning Sky Original series The Lazarus Project Joe Barton, Emmy-nominated and BAFTA-winning actor Will Sharpe (Giri/Haji, The White Lotus S2) and director Julian Farino (Giri/Haji) are to reunite in a new Sky Original limited series Amadeus.

Paul Bettant will star as renowned composer Antonio Salieri opposite previously-announced Will Sharpe in the titular role of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The series, written by Barton and produced by Two Cities Television, in association with Sky Studios, will see Sharpe take on the titular role of one of the greatest musical virtuosos of all time - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Deftly reimagined from Peter Shaffer’s award-winning stage play, Barton’s adaptation of Amadeus expands and interrogates the mythic rivalry, promising a corrupting symphony of jealousy, ambition and genius.

Set within the musical hub of bustling Vienna at the end of the 18th century, twenty-five-year-old Amadeus arrives in the city no longer a child and determined to carve his own path. Recently unemployed and without the management of his father, Amadeus finds an unlikely ally in a young singer who will become his wife, fiery Constanze Weber Mozart.

Her connections help bring him into the orbit of the court composer Antonio Salieri, setting the three of them on a collision course that will ultimately define their lives and their legacies for years to come.

As with the play, Barton’s arrangement will be fresh, intimate and irreverent and will feel at times in the hands of the characters themselves. It will ask audiences to bear witness to the making and unmaking of a musical genius by those that loved and envied him most.

Production is expected to begin later this year. NBCUniversal Global TV Distribution handle international sales of the series.


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