Please note: Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address on Sunday 15 March, we have decided to suspend operations at The Fugard Theatre with immediate effect, as of Monday 16 March 2020, until further notice due to the acceleration of the COVID-19 virus over the weekend. The health and well-being of our audiences, actors and The Fugard staff remain our foremost concern.

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Presented by Eric Abraham and Ken Forrester Vineyards.

Now its 9th year, the Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season is set to continue bringing audiences the very best offering in recorded live performances all screened in the comfort of the beautiful Fugard Theatre.

Curated by The Fugard Theatre’s Artistic Director, Greg Karvellas, audiences can once again look forward to a new and exciting selection of opera, ballet, theatre and independent titles from around the world. Featuring over 48 titles from National Theatre Live, Comedies Francaise, The Royal Opera House, The Royal Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet as well as Royal Opera and Opera du Paris this 8th Bioscope season is one for the record books!

The World Arts Cinema Season has moved from Sunday mornings to Mondays with screenings taking place at 3 pm and 7 pm. Tickets are R120 and can be booked online through the links below or by calling our box office on 021 461 4554.

Électra / Orestes

1 June 2020 at 3pm & 7pm

From Comédie Française

Upon his return from the Trojan War, Agamemnon is murdered by Clytemnestra, his wife, and Aegisthus, her lover. Seven years later, after a long exile, Orestes, Agamemnon’s son, returns to Argos. He and his sister, Electra, decide to avenge their father’s murder and dethrone the usurper who resigns at Clytemnestra’s side. The young woman urges her brother to take their revenge further by killing their mother…

Ivo van Hove takes hold of the myth and provides a new interpretation of this ancient Greek tragedy. Stating that all his projects are born from “love at first sight” for a text, he combines two Euripides plays to tell the tale of a brother, Orestes, and a sister, Electra, who are reunited and join together in murder and revenge.

Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci

8 June 2020 at 3pm & 7pm

From The Royal Opera House

Two opera classics are drawn together in this wonderfully observed re-creation of life in a south Italian village as a travelling theatre visits and emotions erupt. The award-winning production by Damiano Michieletto presents vividly the fast-moving, shocking events brought about by secret love and uncontrollable jealousy. The music is full of Italianate melody in the great choruses that bring the villagers together in celebration and revelry, alongside the solo arias and tense confrontations that provoke violence and tragedy. With thrilling singing and intense drama, ‘Cav and Pag’ distils into one wonderful night out, the enduring appeal of Italian opera in its most familiar form.

A Flea in Her Ear

15 June 2020 at 3pm & 7pm

From Comédie Française

Raymonde Chandebise suspects her husband is being unfaithful. She sets a trap for him by inviting him anonymously to a rendezvous at the Minet-Galant hotel. Mr Chandebise responds to the invitation by sending his faithful friend Tournel, unaware that the hotel porter, Poche, is his lookalike. The hotel subsequently becomes the scene of a gigantic farce where the mechanics of mistaken identities, lies and deception run out of control without anyone able to make it all stop…

With its impressive construction and incredible inventiveness, A Flea in Her Ear marked Feydeau’s triumphant return to vaudeville in 1907. Fickle husbands feature alongside jealous wives. Doors slam. A classic comedy of morals!

Manon

22 June 2020 at 3pm & 7pm

From The Paris Opera

When, in 1731, l’Abbé Prévost wrote L’Histoire du chevalier Des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut – the work that inspired Massenet’s Manon – he portrayed an entire era, that of the Regency, which saw the old order fade away and a new order, full of the promise of unprecedented freedom, rise from its ashes. Manon must make her way between these two worlds, fleeing the convent in order to embrace the paths of desire and transgression, throwing herself headlong into a burning and destructive passion with Des Grieux. A parenthesis opens, only to close again in suffering and obscurity. The director Vincent Huguet casts the work’s customary taffeta aside in order to bring out its violence to the full.

Fidelio

29 June 2020 at 3pm & 7pm

From The Royal Opera House

Beethoven’s only opera is a masterpiece, an uplifting story of risk and triumph. In this new production, conducted by Antonio Pappano, Jonas Kaufmann plays the political prisoner Florestan, and Lise Davidsen his wife Leonore (disguised as ‘Fidelio’) who daringly sets out to rescue him. Set in strong counterpoint are the ingredients of domestic intrigue, determined love and the cruelty of an oppressive regime. The music is transcendent throughout and includes the famous Act I Quartet, the Prisoners’ Chorus and Florestan’s impassioned Act II cry in the darkness and vision of hope. Tobias Kratzer’s new staging brings together the dark reality of the French Revolutionary ‘Terror’ and our own time to illuminate Fidelio’s inspiring message of shared humanity.

The Sleeping Beauty

27 July 2020 at 3pm & 7pm

From The Royal Ballet

This production of The Sleeping Beauty has been delighting audiences in Covent Garden since 1946. A classic of Russian ballet, it established The Royal Ballet both in its new home after World War II and as a world-class company. Sixty years later, in 2006, the original staging was revived, returning Oliver Messel’s wonderful designs and glittering costumes to the stage. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score and Marius Petipa’s original choreography beautifully combine with sections created for The Royal Ballet by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon. This ballet is sure to cast its spell over anyone who sees it.

Elektra

3 August 2020 at 3pm & 7pm

From The Royal Opera House

Strauss’s thrilling and audacious adaptation of Greek tragedy receives a new staging by the award-winning director Christof Loy. This uncompromising opera, about a daughter intent on bloody revenge and a mother driven to madness, has provoked critics to lively debate and both shocked and excited audiences since its 1909 premiere. Antonio Pappano conducts music that combines violence with moments of exquisite tenderness in his first Strauss interpretation for The Royal Opera since 2002. The outstanding cast includes Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde in last Season’s Der Ring des Nibelungen) in the title role, and Karita Mattila in her role debut as the haunted queen Klytämnestra.

Marston & Scarlett World Premieres

10 August 2020 at 3pm & 7pm

From The Royal Ballet

Choreographer Cathy Marston is previously an Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House and Director of Bern Ballett, and much in demand internationally. The inspiration for her first work for The Royal Ballet Main Stage is the momentous life and career of the cellist Jacqueline du Pré. A new work by Liam Scarlett, The Royal Ballet’s Artist in Residence, provides the second part of the programme.

The Dante Project

17 August 2020 at 3pm & 7pm

From The Royal Ballet

Dante’s Divine Comedy is an epic journey through the afterlife: it encompasses the horrifying drama of Inferno and its damned, the lyrical mysticism of pilgrims on mount Purgatorio and the dazzling spheres of Paradiso with their endless configurations of light. The poem was inspired by the agony of Dante’s own exile, and traces his path from crisis to revelation guided by his literary hero Virgil and his lost love Beatrice. In this new work, The Royal Ballet’s trailblazing Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor collaborates with an award-winning team – contemporary composer Thomas Adès, artist Tacita Dean, lighting designer Lucy Carter and dramaturg Uzma Hameed – to bring us closer to Dante and his extraordinary vision.

One Man, Two Guvnors

24 August 2020 at 3pm & 7pm

From National Theatre Live

Featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from host of the The Late Late Show, James Corden, the hilarious West End and Broadway hit One Man, Two Guvnors returns to cinemas to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.

Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.

Holed up at The Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart.  Simple.

The Fop Reformed

31 August 2020 at 3pm & 7pm

From Comédie Française

The Comédie Française gives a new lease of life to Marivaux’s forgotten masterpiece.

The story is that of a young Parisian whose parents have found a good match for him, a count’s daughter. But when he goes to visit her, the handsome boy – whose Parisian manners are far removed from the rules of decorum that reign in the provinces – cannot open his heart to his lovely intended. Stung, the latter decides to teach him a lesson for his arrogance…

Through this Marivaux play, in which the language is “as refined, precise and humorous” as ever, Clément Hervieu-Léger draws out the parallels between the eighteenth century and our era…