The Fugard Bioscope presents screenings of the best of world theatre, opera and ballet productions. Productions come from companies such as the National Theatre, Royal Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet and Royal Opera House, to be enjoyed from the comfort of a Fugard Theatre seat.
The films are screened 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 March and April 2017 line up is:
5 March: The Salzburg Festival Opera’s production of FIDELIO
It happened in Tours at the time of the French Revolution: a political prisoner`s wife disguised herself as a man in order to penetrate the prison where he was being held by the Jacobins, and was clever enough to gain the confidence of the jailer and free her loved one. The episode had a sensational impact on contemporary hearts and minds at the end of the 18th century. One of the witnesses of the event, Jean-Nicolas Bouilly, turned it into a libretto, which was set to music by Pierre Gavenaux in an opera that was premiered in Paris in 1798. A few years later Ferdinando Paer used the same libretto for his Leonora ossia L`amor coniugale, which was performed with great success from 1804 onwards, initially in Dresden and then also in Vienna.
12 March: The Bolshoi Ballet’s production of SWAN LAKE
At moonlight on the banks of a mysterious lake, Prince Siegfried meets the bewitched Swan-Woman Odette. Completely spellbound by her beauty, he swears his faithfulness to her. However, the prince realises too late that fate has another plan for him…
A ballet of ultimate beauty and a score of unparalleled perfection born at the Bolshoi in 1877. In the dual role of White Swan Odette and her rival Black Swan Odile, Prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova exudes both vulnerability and cunning through superb technical mastery, alongside the powerful and emotional Siegfried, Denis Rodkin. Including breathtaking scenes with the Bolshoi`s Corps De Ballet, this is classical ballet at its finest.
19 March: The National Theatre’s production of NO MAN’S LAND
Following their hit run on Broadway, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the West End stage in Harold Pinter`s No Man`s Land, broadcast to cinemas from Wyndham`s Theatre, London.
One summer`s evening, two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst’s stately house nearby. As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men.
Also starring Owen Teale and Damien Molony, don`t miss this glorious revival of Pinter`s comic classic.
26 March: The Bolshoi Ballet’s production of SLEEPING BEAUTY
On her 16th birthday, a curse by the evil Carabosse causes the beautiful Princess Aurora to fall into a deep slumber for 100 years. Only the kiss of a prince could awaken her…
In this resplendent and magical classic, the Bolshoi dancers take us on a dream-like journey through this classic fairytale complete with jewel fairies, a magical kingdom, a youthful princess and a handsome prince in this purest style of classical ballet. The Bolshoi`s sumptuous staging with its luxurious sets and costumes gives life to Perrault`s fairy tale unlike any other. A must-see!
23 April: The Royal Opera House’s production of MADAMA BUTTERFLY
Antonio Pappano conducts an impressive cast led by Ermonela Jaho in Puccini`s deeply poignant opera.
Puccini`s Madama Butterfly is one of the most popular of all operas, with ravishing music and a heartbreaking story of a loving geisha deserted by a callous American husband. Much-loved soprano Ermonela Jaho sings the title role for the first time at Covent Garden, in Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier`s stunningly beautiful production.
The exotic imagery of the Nagasaki setting is drawn from 19th-century Western artists` romanticized views of Japan. Puccini`s music brings alive the birdsong of the morning, the ritual of a wedding and the seduction by naval officer B F Pinkerton (sung by exciting young tenor Marcelo Puente) of his young, innocent bride. Well known moments include the impassioned aria `Un bel di` (One fine day) as the abandoned Cio-Cio-San clings vainly to her dreams.
Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano, acclaimed for his interpretations of Italian opera, conducts this intense and gripping journey from light and excitement to darkness and self-sacrifice.
30 April: The National Theatre’s production of HEDDA GABLER
Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free…
Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel.
Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic Theatre) returns to National Theatre Live screens with a modern production of Ibsen`s masterpiece.
Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair, Jane Eyre) plays the title role in a new version by Patrick Marber (Notes on a Scandal, Closer)
Screenings take place at The Fugard Bioscope at 11am. Tickets cost R100 and can be booked through Computicket on 0861 915 8000, online at www.computicket.com or at any Shoprite Checkers outlet. Bookings can also be made at the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554.
The Fugard foyer bar is open from 10am, serving a range of delicious light snacks as well as the finest coffee, wine and drinks.
For further information about the programme, visit www.thefugard.com