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.

King Kong

King Kong
25 JUL – 2 SEP 2017
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | R130 – R280
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    25 Jul 2017 - 02 Sep 2017
  • Time

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

    R130 – R280
  • Cast

  • Creative

    • Eric AbrahamProducer
    • Daniel GallowayCo-Producer
    • Todd MatshikizaOriginal Music
    • Pat WilliamsOriginal Book and Lyrics
    • Harry BloomBook
    • William NicholsonRevised Book and Additional Lyrics
    • Jonathan MunbyDirector
    • Charl-Johan Lingenfelder
Arrangements, Additonal Music
    • Charl-Johan Lingenfelder
Musical Director
    • Paul WillsSet Design
    • Tim Mitchell
Lighting Design
    • Birrie le RouxCostume Design
    • Gregory Maqoma
Choreographer
    • Mdu Kweyama
Associate Director
    • Sipumzo LucwabaMusical Director

For more information please visit: kingkongstagemusical.com

Eric Abraham presents a Fugard Theatre production of the legendary South African musical King Kong!

King Kong is a landmark, 1959, South African jazz-influenced musical, billed at the time as an "all African jazz opera". Opening in Johannesburg on 2 February 1959 at Witwatersrand University Great Hall, the musical was an immediate success, with The Star newspaper calling it "the greatest thrill in 20 years of South African theatre-going". It "swept South Africa like a storm", touring the country for two years and playing to record-breaking multi-racial audiences, before being booked for a London production in 1961, by which time it had been seen by some 200,000 South Africans. The music and some of the lyrics were written by Todd Matshikiza. The lyrics were by Pat Willams and the book by Harry Bloom.
 
The musical portrays the life and times of a heavyweight boxer, Ezekiel Dlamini, known as "King Kong". Born in 1921, after a meteoric boxing rise, his life degenerated into drunkenness and gang violence. He knifed his girlfriend, asked for the death sentence during his trial and instead was sentenced to 14 years hard labour. He was found drowned in 1957 and it was believed his death was suicide. He was 36.
 
After being a hit in South Africa in 1959, the musical played at the Prince's Theatre in the West End of London in 1961. King Kong launched the international career of Miriam Makeba, who played the shebeen queen of the Back of the Moon, a shebeen of the time in Sophiatown. The male lead was Nathan Mdledle of the Manhattan Brothers.
 
Others in the cast were Hugh Masekela, Kippie Moeketsi and Thandi Klaasen, all of whom went on to have successful careers. The London cast featured Nathan Mdlele and Peggy Phango, with Joseph Mogotsi, Ben Masinga, Stephen Moloi, Sophie Mgcina, Patience Gowabe and former Miss South Africa 1955 Hazel Futa. Patience and Hazel later became The Velvettes, the backing vocal singers for Cyril Davies All Stars band and performed backing vocals on the Joe Meek produced single "She's Fallen In Love With The Monster Man" by Screaming Lord Sutch and the Savages in 1964.

Woolf Works

Woolf Works
4 JUN 2017
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    04 Jun 2017 - 04 Jun 2017
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours
  • Cast

    • The Royal Ballet
  • Creative

    • Wayne McGregorDirector, Choreography
    • Max RichterMusic
    • Koen KesselsConductor

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

The first revival of Wayne McGregor’s critically acclaimed ballet triptych, inspired by the works of Virginia Woolf.

The pioneering literary work of Virginia Woolf is the inspiration for multi-award- winning choreographer Wayne McGregor’s brilliant triptych for The Royal Ballet. McGregor has long been at the cutting edge of ballet, working with collaborators from across the artistic world, and in this critically acclaimed work he combines themes from three of Woolf’s landmark novels – Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves – with elements of her letters, essays and diaries. Acclaimed British composer Max Richter creates a specially commissioned score incorporating electronic and live music.

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).

Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure
11 JUN 2017
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    11 Jun 2017 - 11 Jun 2017
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 20 minutes
  • Cast

    • Mariah GaleIsabella
    • Kurt EgyiawanAngelo
    • Dominic RowanDuke Vincentio
    • Joel MacCormackClaudio
  • Creative

    • Dominic DromgooleDirector
    • Jonathan FensomDesign

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

Vincentio, Duke of Vienna, disgusted by the immorality in his city, announces his withdrawal from public life and leaves his deputy, the puritanical Angelo, in charge. Angelo, in his zeal for observing the letter of the law, begins a ruthless programme to stamp out sexual licence, in the course of which he condemns one Claudio to death. Surely Claudio’s virginal sister Isabella, a novice nun seeking mercy for her brother, could not awake the lust of this cold, censorious man?

Injustice, hypocrisy and the challenge of in exible virtue combine in Measure for Measure, Shakespeare’s most searching exploration of sexual politics and social justice.

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.

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.

Saint Joan

Saint Joan
18 JUN 2017
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    18 Jun 2017 - 18 Jun 2017
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 20 minutes
  • Cast

    • Gemma ArtertonJoan of Arc
  • Creative

    • Josie RourkeDirector
    • Bernard ShawWriter
    • Robert JonesDesigner

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

Joan: daughter, farm girl, visionary, patriot, king-whisperer, soldier, leader, victor, icon, radical, witch, heretic, saint, martyr, woman.

From the torment of the Hundred Years’ War, the charismatic Joan of Arc carved a victory that de ned France. Bernard Shaw’s classic play depicts a woman with all the instinct, zeal and transforming power of a revolutionary.

Josie Rourke (Coriolanus, Les Liaisons Dangereuses) directs Gemma Arterton (Gemma Bovery, Nell Gwynn, Made in Dagenham) as Joan of Arc in this electrifying 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 Dream Symphonic Variations

The Dream Symphonic Variations
25 JUN 2017
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    25 Jun 2017 - 25 Jun 2017
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100

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

The Royal Ballet brings its celebrations of 70 years at the Royal Opera House to a close with a mixed programme of works by its Founder Choreographer Frederick Ashton.

This gorgeous mixed programme demonstrates the great creative vision of Frederick Ashton, Founder Choreographer of The Royal Ballet. The Dream is Ashton’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s riotous comedy in which a forest sprite plays havoc, armed with a love potion. Symphonic Variations was Ashton’s  first work after World War II, and one of the Company’s  first to be performed on the huge main stage of the Royal Opera House, in 1946. With six dancers performing a series of quartets, duets, sextets and solos to Franck’s brooding Variations symphoniques, this seminal masterpiece celebrates the pure beauty of movement. Marguerite and Armand is Ashton’s beautiful and emotional retelling of a well-known story, familiar to us through Verdi’s opera La traviata.

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.

 

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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