There’s something decidedly indulgent about sitting in a movie on a beautiful summer Sunday… But when there’s a screening of one of the world’s best theatre productions, it’s hard to resist.
The popular Fugard Theatre 2017 Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season is back, bringing Capetonians some of the world’s best theatre, opera and ballet. Once again, locals can expect performances from the The Royal Opera House, The Royal Ballet and The Bolshoi Ballet, as well as Great Britain’s National Theatre. And, this year for the first time, the Fugard has added The Globe Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company and the Saltzburg Festival to its stellar lineup.
Over the course of the next few months (until 13 August 2017), sit back and enjoy live screenings from the world’s most famous stages in full digital high-definition and surround-sound at The Fugard Theatre.
Stand-out productions include:
• Hedda Gabler from the National Theatre on 30 April
• No Man’s Land with Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart on 19 March
• Amadeus with Lucian Msamati on 14 May
• The Merchant of Venice with Jonathan Pryce as Shylock on 6 August
Ballet aficionados will enjoy Swan Lake with Svetlana Zakharova and the Bolshoi Ballet Corps de Ballet on 12 March. Opera lovers will be enthralled by Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with soprano Ermonela Jaho on 23 April, and Otello on 13 August, when Verdi’s famous opera is sung in Italian by world-famous tenor Jonas Kaufmann.
Parking is easy in the car park on the corner of Caledon and Harrington Streets.
Diarise these dates for the 2017 lineup:
|26 February||The Golden Age (The Bolshoi Ballet)||R100|
|5 March||Fidelio (The Salzburg Festival Opera)||R100|
|12 March||Swan Lake (The Bolshoi Ballet)||R100|
|19 March||No Man’s Land (The National Theatre)||R100|
|26 March||Sleeping Beauty (The Bolshoi Ballet)||R100|
|23 April||Madama Butterfly (The Royal Opera House)||R100|
|30 April||Hedda Gabler (The National Theatre)||R100|
|7 May||A Contemporary Evening (The Bolshoi Ballet)||R100|
|14 May||Amadeus (The National Theatre)||R100|
|21 May||A Hero of Our Time (The Bolshoi Ballet)||R100|
|28 May||Jewels (The Royal Ballet)||R100|
|4 June||Woolf Works (The Royal Ballet)||R100|
|11 June||Measure for Measure (The Globe Theatre)||R100|
|25 June||The Dream / Symphonic Variations (The Royal Ballet)||R100|
|2 July||Richard II (The Globe Theatre)||R100|
|9 July||Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci (The Salzburg Festival Opera)||R100|
|6 August||The Merchant of Venice (The Globe Theatre)||R100|
|13 August||Otello (The Royal Opera House)||R100|