The 2017 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season

The 2017 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season
FROM 4 JAN 2017
SUNDAYS 11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    04 Jan 2017 -
  • Time

    SUNDAYS 11 AM
  • Price

    R100
For the sixth consecutive year the Fugard Theatre Bioscope is bringing audiences the very best in recorded live screenings featuring the finest productions in theatre, opera and ballet, from the world’s most famous stages.
 
After five successful seasons featuring titles from The National Theatre, The Royal Opera House, The Royal Ballet and The Bolshoi Ballet, the Fugard Theatre Bioscope is proud to announce additional partnerships with The Globe Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Salzburg Festival growing the slate of world-class titles and giving audiences a wider variety of productions to choose from.
 
Screenings are presented in full digital high-definition and surround-sound in the comfort of the Fugard Theatre.
 
Download a copy of our 2017 season brochure, with information on each screening, here.

2017 Schedule

MONTHPRODUCTIONFROM

JAN 2017

THE DEEP BLUE SEA
8 January 2017
 The National Theatre
 

IL TROVATORE
15 January 2017

The Salzburg Festival Opera
  BRIGHTSTREAM
22 January 2017
The Bolshoi Ballet
  THREEPENNY OPERA
29 January 2017
The National Theatre
FEB 2017 CYMBELINE
5 February 2017
The Royal Shakespeare Company
  KING LEAR
12 February 2017
The Royal Shakespeare Company
  THE GOLDEN AGE
26 February 2017
The Bolshoi Ballet
MAR 2017 FIDELIO
5 March 2017
The Salzburg Festival Opera
  SWAN LAKE
12 March 2017
The Bolshoi Ballet
  NO MAN'S LAND
19 March 2017
The National Theatre
  SLEEPING BEAUTY
26 March 2017
The Bolshoi Ballet
APRIL 2017 MADAMA BUTTERFLY
23 April 2017
The Royal Opera House
  HEDDA GABLER
30 April 2017
The National Theatre
MAY 2017 A CONTEMPORARY EVENING
7 May 2017
The Bolshoi Ballet
  AMADEUS
14 May 2017
The National Theatre
  HERO OF OUR TIME
21 May 2017
The Bolshoi Ballet
  JEWELS
28 May 2017
The Royal Ballet
JUNE 2017 WOOLF WORKS
4 June 2017
The Royal Ballet
  MEASURE FOR MEASURE
11 June 2017
The Globe Theatre
  SAINT JOAN
18 June 2017
The National Theatre
  THE DREAM / SYMPHONIC VARIATIONS
25 June 2017
The Royal Ballet
JUL 2017 RICHARD II
2 July 2017
The Globe Theatre
  CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA
9 July 2017
The Salzburg Festival Opera
AUG 2017 MERCHANT OF VENICE
6 August 2017
The Globe Theatre
  OTELLO
13 August 2017
 The Royal Opera House

(The schedule is subject to change and further additions will be made)

The Fugard Theatre Bioscope screenings have proven very popular amongst the Fugard Theatre audiences with record attendances since the first season in 2011 and continued growing support.

Richard II

Richard II
2 JUL 2017
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    02 Jul 2017 - 02 Jul 2017
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 20 minutes
  • Cast

    • Charles Edwards King Richard II
    • David SturzakerHenry Bolingbroke
    • William GauntJohn of Gaunt
    • William ChubbDuke of York
    • Graham ButlerDuke of Aumerle
  • Creative

    • Simon GodwinDirector
    • Paul WillsDesign

Screened as part of the 2017 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Season. From The Globe Theatre.

Ruling by divine right, but himself ruled by caprice, King Richard exiles Henry Bolingbroke and seizes his father’s vast estates. While Richard is distracted by a rebellion in Ireland, Bolingbroke returns to England, intent on recovering his rightful property and, with the support of his disgruntled peers, perhaps seizing the crown itself.

Dazzlingly eloquent and ceremonious, Richard II invests a weak and self-dramatising man with tragic status and represents Shakespeare’s most searching exploration of the meaning of kingship and the rising powers that can destroy it.

Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci

Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci
9 JUL 2017
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    09 Jul 2017 - 09 Jul 2017
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 40 minutes
  • Cast

    • Liudmyla MonastyrskaSantuzza
    • Jonas KaufmannTuriddu
    • Jonas KaufmannCanio
    • Maria AgrestaNedda
  • Creative

    • Pietro MascagniMusic
    • Ruggero LeoncavalloMusic

Screened as part of the 2017 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Season. From The Salzburg Festival.

Described by Salzburger Nachricten as “Opera as Great Romantic Cinema”, the two one- act operas, Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci brought record attendances to the Salzburg Easter Festival. No wonder, for Jonas Kaufmann, in his debut performances as both Turiddu and Canio, was “stellar” (Daily Telegraph) and sang “both parts so lyrically, with such italianità, mellow with impeccable highs... a pure delight” (Kurier). Equally impressive are Thielemann – “the uber-conductor” (Telegraph). “What we hear from the pit is sensational in its nuances” (Kurier).

Otello

Otello
13 AUG 2017
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    13 Aug 2017 - 13 Aug 2017
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 25 minutes
  • Cast

    • Jonas KaufmannOtello
  • Creative

    • Giuseppe VerdiMusic
    • Antonio PappanoConductor
    • Keith WarnerDirector

Screened as part of the 2017 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Season. From The Royal Opera House.

World-famous tenor Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut as Otello in Verdi’s passionate retelling of Shakespeare’s great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder. Soprano Maria Agresta will be his Desdemona and baritone Ludovic Tézier his nemesis Iago in a new production by Olivier Award- winning director Keith Warner.

A major work of the opera repertory, Verdi’s Otello draws on the full forces of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the Royal Opera Chorus and this stellar line- up of principal singers, with exquisite duets, emotionally potent solo numbers and thrilling choruses. Particular highlights include Otello and Desdemona’s rapturous love duet and Desdemona’s poignant ‘Willow Song’. Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts this Italian masterpiece.

Shakespeare in Love

Shakespeare in Love
FROM 10 OCT 2017
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | R130 – R320
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    10 Oct 2017 - 25 Nov 2017
  • Time

    TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM
  • Price

    R130 – R320
  • Duration

    2 hours 30 minutes
  • Language

    English
  • Cast

  • Creative

    • Marc NormanWriter, Original Screenplay
    • Tom StoppardWriter, Original Screenplay
    • Lee HallWriter, Stage adaptation
    • Paddy CunneenMusic
    • Greg KarvellasDirector

Written by Lee Hall, adapated from the brilliant, world famous screenplay by Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman - and following a sensational smash hit season on the West End - a brand new, all South African production of Shakespeare in Love is set for the Fugard Theatre in October 2017!

Young Will Shakespeare has writer's block... the deadline for his new play is fast approaching but he's in desperate need of inspiration. That is until he finds his muse - Viola. This beautiful young woman is Will's greatest admirer and will stop at nothing (including breaking the law) to appear in his next play. Against a bustling background of mistaken identity, ruthless scheming and backstage theatrics, Will's love for Viola quickly blossoms and inspires him to write his greatest masterpiece.

Shakespeare in Love premiered on the West End at the Noel Coward Theatre in London in July 2014.

Early Bird special – 4 premium priced tickets for R800 (first 7 performances). Special valid until the end of May 2017. This offer is exclusively available through the Fugard Box office – call 021 461 4554.

Shakespeare in Love has a recommended age restriction of 13 years or older.

The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice
6 AUG 2017
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    06 Aug 2017 - 06 Aug 2017
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 20 minutes
  • Cast

    • Jonathan PryceShylock
    • Daniel LapaineBassanio
    • Rachel PickupPortia
  • Creative

    • Jonathan MunbyDirector
    • Mike BrittonDesigner

Screened as part of the 2017 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Season. From The Globe Theatre.

Portia, a wealthy heiress of Belmont, is forced to set her suitors a challenge. The winner will win her hand in marriage; the losers will lose her hand and much more.

In Venice, the epicentre of consumption, speculation and debt, Bassanio borrows money from his friend Antonio to finance his attempt to win the hand of Portia. Antonio, in turn, takes out a loan from the moneylender Shylock. The loan will be repaid when Antonio’s ships return to the city. But if they should fail, and the money cannot be repaid, Antonio shall give to Shylock a pound of his own flesh. And they do fail. And Shylock will have his ‘bond’.

Double Olivier and Tony award winner Jonathan Pryce plays Shylock in his first appearance at Shakespeare’s Globe.

 

The Road to Mecca

The Road to Mecca
EARLY 2018
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Cast

    • Sandra PrinslooMiss Helen
    • Marius WeyersReverend Marius
    • Emily ChildElsa Barlow
  • Creative

    • Athol FugardWriter
    • Greg KarvellasDirector
    • Saul RadomskySet Design
    • Mannie ManimLighting Design
    • Birrie Le RouxCostume Design
    • Charl-Johan LingenfelderSound Design

Eric Abraham presents this Fugard Theatre production, which will run at the Fugard Theatre in March and April 2018 before transferring to the Market Theatre in Johannesburg for a limited season.

Sandra Prinsloo is Miss Helen (So Ry Miss Daisy, Oskar en die Pienk Tannie, The Gods Must Be Crazy, Miss Julie), Marius Weyers is Rev. Marius (The Fugard’s The Father, Oom Wanja / Uncle Vanya, Hamlet, Twee Grade van Moord, The Gods Must Be Crazy) and Emily Child is Elsa Barlow (The Fugard’s The Eulogists, The Pervert Laura, The Father). Direction will be by Greg Karvellas (The Fugard’s The Eulogists, Clybourne Park, The Father, Bad Jews and the forthcoming Shakespeare in Love). The production will be designed by Saul Radomsky (The Fugard’s Bad Jews, Clybourne Park, District Six – Kanala, The Painted Rocks At Revolver Creek) with lighting by Mannie Manim (The Fugard’s The Mother, The Painted Rocks At Revolver Creek, The Blue Iris) and costumes by Birrie Le Roux (The Fugard’s West Side Story, Kanala, The Father, The Mother, Clybourne Park, King Kong). Sound design will be by the Fugard’s resident Musical Director Charl-Johan Lingenfelder (The Fugard’s King Kong, West Side Story, The Rocky Horror Show, Cabaret, Funny Girl).

Inspired by Helen Martins, who lived in Nieu-Bethesda and created the now-famous The Owl House - which is designated a provincial heritage site – The Road to Mecca is the story of a woman's desire for personal and artistic freedom within the narrow confines of a conservative and highly religious community in the Karoo in early seventies apartheid South Africa.
 
Athol Fugard wrote this play in 1984, creating the lead role of Miss Helen for the late South African theatre star Yvonne Bryceland.
 
Legendary theatre critic Frank Rich writing in The New York Times about The Road to Mecca, commented “Road to Mecca examines the core of artistry... Artists are driven to forge their version of the truth even when they have no hope of an audience, even when they must work with the most humble of materials in the middle of nowhere. Artists are dangerous because they won't deviate from that truth, no matter what pressure to conform is applied by the society around them, reminding us that the artistic conscience is inseparable from the moral conscience.”

“We could think of no better way to mark Athol's 85th birthday in South Africa than with the Fugard Theatre's first production of The Road to Mecca with an extraordinary South African cast – theatre icons Sandra Prinsloo, Marius Weyers and the brilliant young Emily Child" says Eric Abraham, Founding Producer of the Fugard Theatre.

 “Athol Fugard has committed his career and life to restoring our sense of a common humanity. To masterfully pricking our consciences to the injustices of apartheid, inequality and the inadequacies of the new dispensation. His deeply rooted South African narratives resonate universally. A unique figure who was the first to create roles for all South Africans - especially for black actors. His narratives and indelible black characters profoundly changed the way millions of people world over viewed apartheid. Our theatre is proud to bear his name and strive to continue his legacy as a crucible of creativity and common humanity for all South Africans.”

Time Magazine regards Fugard as "the greatest active playwright in the English-speaking world". Athol Fugard was born in 1932 in Middelburg in the Karoo. An internationally acclaimed playwright director and occasional actor, for over half a century he has written almost forty soul-searing plays with roles for all South Africans which have moved audiences in South Africa and around the world to laughter and tears as they reflected the inhumanity of apartheid. His plays champion truth and a fundamental universal humanity. In 2011 he received the ultimate recognition from the world’s most prestigious theatre community - a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre. He is also the author of four books and several screenplays. His plays include Blood Knot, Boesman and Lena, Master Harold and the Boys, The Train Driver, The Blue Iris and The Shadow of the Hummingbird. Many of his works have been turned into films with director Gavin Hood's Tsotsi, based on his 1980 short story of the same name won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film - South Africa's first Academy award in this category. Athol’s work spans the period of apartheid in South Africa, through the first democratic elections, to Nelson Mandela’s presidency and into present-day, post-apartheid South Africa.

The recipient of numerous honorary doctorates and awards, Athol was awarded the prestigious Praemium Imperiale global arts prize for Theatre/Film by the Japan Art Association in 2014. One of the most performed playwrights in the world, he continues to direct and write plays. He shares his life with his wife the writer and academic Paula Fourie and their dog Jakkals.

The Road to Mecca will run at the Fugard in early 2018 before transferring to Johannesburg. The Fugard Theatre is situated in the heart of District Six, on the corner of Harrington and Caledon Streets, Cape Town.

Tickets, which will officially go on sale from Friday 7 July 2017, can be booked through the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554.  Pre-bookings are available by calling the theatre directly today! There is a generous 15% discount available for the Friends of The Fugard members.

West Side Story

West Side Story
FROM 7 MAR 2018
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | SUN 2 & 6 PM
Artscape Opera House
  • Dates

    07 Mar 2018 -
  • Time

    TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | SUN 2 & 6 PM
  • Duration

    2 hours 30 mins
  • Cast

  • Creative

    • Matthew WildDirector
    • Charl-Johan LingenfelderMusical Director and Conductor
    • Louisa TalbotChoreography
    • Conor MurphySet Design
    • Joshua CuttsLighting Design
    • Birrie Le RouxCostume Design
    • Mark MalherbeSound Design

West Side Story returns to Cape Town in 2018! Bookings now open.

After receiving rave reviews across the board from critics and audiences alike, Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre’s smash hit production of West Side Story will return to Cape Town at the Artscape Opera House in 2018.

 

 

 

 

★★★★★ Flawless - City Press
★★★★★ Magic “West Side” slays the genre for SA - The Star Tonight
★★★★ A SA success story - The Cape Argus
★★★★ - Die Burger
Sets new standards for local grand-scale musicals - Die Beeld
It’s up there among the best theatre experiences in this city, of the decade - What's on in Joburg
A theatrical masterpiece - Stage and Screen
West Side Story is as good as musicals get - The Next 48 Hours
...raises the bar for musical theatre internationally. - Bizcommunity
…every bit as brilliant as any international production, if not better. - Daily Maverick
Whimsical, breathtaking, visually explosive … an overwhelming, heart-thudding theatrical performance you simply have to experience. - Theatre Scene CPT
The Fugard Theatre's production of West Side Story is a tour-de-force - LitNet
West Side Story has to be the hottest ticket in town. It sizzles. - Artslink

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