Evidence-based Criticism

Peter Hall recounts speaking to Margaret Thatcher after her visit to the National to watch Amadeus.
“She was not pleased. In her best headmistress style, she gave me a severe wigging for putting on a play that depicted Mozart as a scatological imp with a love of four-letter words. It was inconceivable, she said, that a man who wrote such exquisite and elegant music could be so foul mouthed.
I said that Mozart’s letters proved he was just that: he had an extraordinarily infantile sense of humour. In a sense, he protected himself from maturity by indulging his childishness.
I don’t think you heard what I said,” replied the Prime Minister. “He couldn’t have been like that”.


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