Stellar line up for 2017 Fugard Bioscope season

Stellar line up for 2017 Fugard Bioscope season

Now in its sixth year, the Fugard Bioscope presents screenings of some of the world’s best theatre, opera and ballet productions to be enjoyed from the comfort of a Fugard Theatre seat.

The Fugard has once again partnered with companies such as The Royal Opera House, The Royal Ballet and Bolshoi Ballet as well as Great Britain’s National Theatre to offer a “stellar line up of spectacular productions”.

There are a number of exciting new additions for the 2017 season, including screenings from the Salzburg Festival Opera, The Globe and The Royal Shakespeare Company.

Films are screened on Sunday mornings at 11am in the Fugard’s state-of-the-art Bioscope, including a 7.1 dolby digital surround sound system and full size high definition cinema screen.

“The Fugard Bioscope has gained momentum every year and we are delighted to be presenting our most extensive programme yet for the 2017 season,” says Greg Karvellas, Resident Director and General Manager of the Fugard Theatre. “With our full size high definition screen, and the nature of the live recordings, the experience puts you right on stage in the heart of the action.

“There are some wonderful new productions as part of The National Theatre Live series, such as ‘No Man’s Land’ featuring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart. The NT’s staging of ‘Amadeus’, Peter Shaffer`s iconic play about Mozart, music, power and jealousy, stars Lucian Msamati of ‘Luther’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ fame. There’s also the NT Live production of Hedda Gabler, directed by Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove and featuring Ruth Wilson (Luther).

“We are also proud to be associated with our new partners this season,” says Karvellas. “Audiences will be able to see the work of Salzburg Festival Opera with Beethoven’s ‘Fidelio’ and ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’, which brought record attendances to the Salzburg Easter Festival.”

Presentations from the Royal Shakespeare Company include Shakespeare’s rarely performed romance, ‘Cymbeline’, and ‘King Lear’, starring Anthony Sher. In the latter part of the season, there are screenings of The Globe’s productions of ‘Richard II’, ‘The Merchant of Venice’ and ‘Measure for Measure’.

Some must-sees for opera aficionados are The Royal Opera House productions of Puccini’s ‘Madama Butterfly’ with soprano Ermonela Jaho in the title role and ‘Otello’, directed by Olivier Award-winning Keith Warner.

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Screenings take place at The Fugard Bioscope on selected Sundays at 11am. Tickets cost R100 and can be booked through Computicket.