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
27 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.

The 2018 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season

The 2018 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season
FROM 4 FEB 2018
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    04 Feb 2018 -
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100

Now in its seventh successful year, the Fugard Bioscope has compiled a captivating line up for the 2018 season, starting on 4 February with the Academy Award winning Ida produced by Fugard Theatre founder Eric Abraham.

The Bioscope presents screenings of the world’s best recorded live theatre, opera and ballet productions to be enjoyed from the comfort of a Fugard Theatre seat and on the Fugard’s full size high definition cinema screen with a 7.1 dolby digital surround sound system.

Productions staged by companies such as the National Theatre, Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, Bolshoi Ballet and Young Vic are filmed live, transporting you directly into the heart of the action on stage.

“We have put together an exciting programme that combines perennial classic dramas such as the National Theatre’s productions of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and Tennessee Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, with newer plays such as Young Marx, a comedy from the same creative team behind One Man, Two Guvnors, directed by Nicholas Hytner and starring Rory Kinnear,” says Greg Karvellas, Resident Director and General Manager of the Fugard Theatre. “There’s also the ‘shatteringly powerful’ Yerma for which Billie Piper won 2017 Olivier Award for Best Actress and Yaël Farber’s hypnotic, visually compelling interpretation of Salomé.”

Ballet lovers are spoilt for choice with offerings from the Bolshoi Ballet including Romeo and Juliet, Giselle and The Flames of Paris as well as the Royal Ballet productions of A Winter’s Tale, Manon and their Bernstein Centenary. Highlights for opera aficionados include Tosca and Rigoletto from the Royal Opera House. Stephen Sondheim fans will be delighted to hear the Bioscope will be screening the National Theatre’s spectacular production of Follies,directed by Dominic Cooke.

Kicking off the season on 4 February is Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film Ida. Orphaned as an infant during the German occupation of World War ll, Ida must now meet her aunt. The former Communist state prosecutor and only surviving relative tells her that her parents were Jewish. The two women embark on a road trip into the Polish countryside to learn the fate of their family. “An immaculate, miraculous masterwork” (The London Telegraph).

The Royal Opera House production of Verdi’s Rigoletto will be screened on 11 February. Directed by David McVicar, the production highlights the cruelty at the heart of this tragic opera. Featuring dark, Renaissance-inspired set and costume designs, the staging creates the shocking and insidious world within which this gripping tale unfolds. Conducted by Alexander Joel and featuring Dimitri Platanias in the title role.

The February programme continues on 18 February with the Bolshoi Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet, staged by Alexei Ratmansky with a dramatic urgency and fresh re-telling of Shakespeare’s beloved classic story of the star-crossed lovers.  

Rounding off the month’s line up on 25 February is Young Marx by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. This brand new comedy comes from the same creative team behind One Man, Two Guvnors and stars Olivier Award winner Rory Kinnear directed by Nicholas Hytner.Based on true events from the time when Karl Marx lived in Soho, London, this historical comedy has been hailed “A seriously clever comedy. Riotous fun.” (The Times).

Screenings are presented in full digital high-definition and surround-sound in the comfort of the Fugard Theatre.
 

2018 Schedule

MONTHPRODUCTIONFROM

FEBRUARY 2018

IDA
4 February 2018
 Oscar Winner: Best Foreign Language Film 2014
 

RIGOLETTO
11 February 2018

The Royal Opera House
  ROMEO AND JULIET
18 February 2018
The Bolshoi Ballet
  YOUNG MARX
25 February 2018
National Theatre Live
MARCH 2018 TOSCA
4 March 2018
The Royal Opera House
  SALOME
11 March 2018
National Theatre Live
APRIL 2018 THE WINTER'S TALE
8 April 2018
The Royal Ballet
  YERMA
15 April 2018
National Theatre Live
  BERNSTEIN CENTENARY
22 April 2018
The Royal Ballet
  CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF
29 April 2018
National Theatre Live
MAY 2018 JULIUS CAESAR
6 May 2018
National Theatre Live
  GISELLE
13 May 2018
The Bolshoi Ballet
JUNE 2018 MANON
10 June 2018
The Royal Ballet
  FOLLIES
17 June 2018
National Theatre Live
  THE FLAMES OF PARIS
24 June 2018
The Bolshoi Ballet
JULY 2018 MACBETH
1 July 2018
National Theatre Live

 

(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.

The Audience

27 OCT 2013
11AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    27 Oct 2013 - 27 Oct 2013
  • Time

    11AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 25 minutes
  • Language

    English
  • Cast

    • Helen MirrenQueen Elizabeth II
    • Rufus WrightDavid Cameron
    • Nathaniel ParkerGordon Brown
    • Paul RitterJohn Major
    • Haydn GwynneMargaret Thatcher
    • Edward FoxWinston Churchill
    • Harold WilsonRichard McCabe
    • David PeartJames Callaghan
    • Michael ElwynSir Anthony Eden

Part of The National Live Theatre Season 2013/2014

Helen Mirren reprises her Academy Award winning role as Queen Elizabeth II in the highly-anticipated West End production of The Audience, screened as part of The Fugard Bioscope's National Theatre Live 2013/2014 Season.

For sixty years Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace – a meeting like no other in British public life – it is private. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said. Not even to their spouses.

The Audience breaks this contract of silence – and imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their Queen. From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister has used these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional – sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive.

From young mother to grandmother, these private audiences chart the arc of the second Elizabethan Age. Politicians come and go through the revolving door of electoral politics, while she remains constant, waiting to welcome her next Prime Minister.

The Audience reunites writer Peter Morgan and Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren following their collaboration on the critically-acclaimed movie sensation The Queen.

The Audience is directed by Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and presented in the West End by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries.

See the rest of The National Live Theatre Season 2013/2014 here.

The Audience is going to be one of the theatrical highlights of 2013. - The Daily Mail
★★★★★ - Daily Telegraph, The Times
The first surefire, unstoppable hit of the year. - Observer
Helen Mirren once again gives a faultless performance. - Guardian
Stephen Daldry delivers a pitch-perfect production. - Daily Telegraph
The Audience is going to be one of the theatrical highlights of 2013. - The Daily Mail
★★★★★ - Daily Telegraph, The Times
The first surefire, unstoppable hit of the year. - Observer
Helen Mirren once again gives a faultless performance. - Guardian
Stephen Daldry delivers a pitch-perfect production. - Daily Telegraph

The Beaux’ Stratagem

The Beaux’ Stratagem
6 DEC 2015
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    06 Dec 2015 - 06 Dec 2015
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 10 minutes
  • Cast

    • Samuel BarnettAimwell
    • Geoffrey StreatfeildArcher
    • Jane BookerLady Bountiful
    • Richard HendersMr Sullen
    • Pippa Bennett-WarnerDorinda
    • Susannah FieldingMrs Sullen
    • Pearce QuigleyScrub
    • Molly GromadzkiGipsy
    • Timothy WatsonCount Bellair
    • Jamie BeamishFoigard
    • Chook SibtainGibbet
    • Mark RoseHounslow
    • Esh AlladiBagshot
    • Lloyd HutchinsonBoniface
    • Amy MorganCherry
  • Creative

    • Simon GodwinDirector
    • Lizzie ClachanDesigner
    • Jon ClarkLighting Designer
    • Jonathan GoddardMovement Director
    • Michael BruceMusic
    • Christopher ShuttSound Designer
    • Kev McCurdyFight Director
    • Jeannette NelsonCompany Voice Work
    • Michaela KennenDialect Coach
    • Lily McLeishStaff Director

Screened as part of the 2015 & 2016 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Season. From the National Theatre.

Simon Godwin (Man and Superman) directs George Farquhar's wild comedy of love and cash.

The ‘Beaux’: Mr Aimwell and Mr Archer, two charming, dissolute young men who have blown their fortunes in giddy London. Shamed and debt-ridden, they flee to provincial Lichfield. Their ‘Stratagem’: to marry for money.

Lodged at the local inn, posing as master and servant, they encounter a teeming variety of human obstacles: a crooked landlord, a fearsome highwayman, a fervent French Count, a maid on the make, a drunken husband, a furious butler, a natural healer and a strange, turbulent priest.

But their greatest obstacle is love. When the Beaux meet their match in Dorinda and Mrs Sullen they are most at risk, for in love they might be truly discovered.

★★★★ Sharp. Beautifully revived. A treat. - The Times
★★★★ Fresh, relevant and unstoppably entertaining. - Observer
★★★★ Exuberant. Deliciously modern. This Restoration romp is a lot of fun. - Time Out
★★★★ Fresh and assured. Susannah Fielding proves herself the mistress of comic timing. - Evening Standard
★★★★ Exuberant fun. An exhilarating Simon Godwin production. - Guardian
★★★★ Sharp. Beautifully revived. A treat. - The Times
★★★★ Fresh, relevant and unstoppably entertaining. - Observer
★★★★ Exuberant. Deliciously modern. This Restoration romp is a lot of fun. - Time Out
★★★★ Fresh and assured. Susannah Fielding proves herself the mistress of comic timing. - Evening Standard
★★★★ Exuberant fun. An exhilarating Simon Godwin production. - Guardian

The Blue Iris

The Blue Iris
04 Jul 2012 - 28 Jul 2012
R110.00 to R140.00
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    04 Jul 2012 - 28 Jul 2012
  • Price

    R110.00 to R140.00

Set in Athol Fugard’s beloved Karoo this tender story revolves around the gradual disintegration of a marriage through misunderstanding, neglect and disappointment as told in the reminiscences and regrets of widower farmer Robert Hannay and the heart-wrenching sadness of his loyal farm worker and wife’s companion - Rieta. The Blue Iris dissects the pain of missed opportunity and emotional disconnection touching us all to the core. It is Athol Fugard at his most honest, gentle and introspective.

"Spell-binding story... " - Stein Du Toit, Cape Times
“The Blue Iris is a consummate masterwork… a must-see play…” - Daniel Dercksen Bizcommunity
"Fugard triumphs!”; “Vintage Fugard”; “Achingly beautiful piece of theatre”; “Substantial, moving, satisfying theatre..." - Theresa Edelman, CUE
“… Fugard’s genius shines…” - Clifford Graham Artslink
"... teater van gehalte; ontroerende teatervervaring..” - Willem de Vries, Die Burger
“We should be going into people’s lives, their souls, their ways of life. Everything I have written is an attempt to share secrets with you…” - Athol Fugard, 2012.

The Bright Stream

The Bright Stream
22 JAN 2017
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    22 Jan 2017 - 22 Jan 2017
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Cast

    • Svetlana LunkinaZina
    • Maria AlexandrovaThe Ballerina
    • Ruslan SkvortsovThe Ballet Dancer
  • Creative

    • Dmitri ShostakovichMusic
    • Alexei RatmanskyChoreography
    • Adrian Piotrovsky Libretto
    • Fyodor LopukhovLibretto

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

During harvest festival at a collective farm, a visiting dance troupe reunites a ballerina with her childhood friend Zina. In order to teach her unfaithful husband a lesson, Zina, the ballerina and the ballerina’s husband decide to swap roles for the evening. Alexei Ratmansky invokes the genius of Shostakovich’s score at the Bolshoi, creating a laugh-out-loud masterpiece with its bits of slapstick comedy, hilarious deceptions, false identities including Principal Dancer Ruslan Skvortsov dressed as a Sylph and its many colorful characters! The Bolshoi bursts with vivid life and bright spirits in Ratmansky’s brilliantly choreographed smash.

The Cape Consort

The Fugard Studio Theatre

Renaissance poetry treats the topic of love as a fully consuming, deeply unsettling, initiatory experience, inevitably leaving one or both parties fatally wounded.

Monteverdi’s pioneering translations of this imagery into richly sonorous, musically congruous scenes, firmly establishes music as the emotionally stirring and communicative medium we know it to be. Witness the Cape Consort’s inspired re-imagining of this most subtle and poetic form of expression of the human condition. This early music presentation will run for three consecutive Sunday in the stunning Fugard Studio in District 6.

The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra

The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra
R100.00
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Price

    R100.00

The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra in collaboration with The Fugard Theatre presents a social evening of interactive fun and learning.

“All you ever wanted to know about the orchestra, but were too afraid to ask” on the 17th April at 19h30 pm at The Fugard Theatre.

Join Fine Music Radio’s Rodney Trudgeon who will host the evening constructed around your questions about the orchestra, instruments, symphonic music and music scores - this is your chance to ask those questions you've always wanted to about the modern symphony orchestra. And, what's more, members of the Cape Philharmonic will be on stage with Rodney to describe their instruments and to play a selection of illustrative music to help answer your questions.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
5 OCT 2014
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    05 Oct 2014 - 05 Oct 2014
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 40 minutes

Screened as part of the 2014 & 2015 World Cinema Season

Based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has been hailed by The Times as ‘a phenomenal combination of storytelling and spectacle’. Winner of 7 Olivier Awards in 2013, including Best New Play.

Christopher, fifteen years old, has an extraordinary brain – exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion of killing Mrs Shears' dog Wellington, he records each fact about the event in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of the murder. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

The Deep Blue Sea

8 JAN 2017
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    08 Jan 2017 - 08 Jan 2017
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Cast

    • Helen McCroryHester Collyer
    • Tom BurkeFreddie Page
  • Creative

    • Terence RattiganWriter
    • Carrie CracknellDirector

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

Helen McCrory (Medea, The Last of the Haussmans at the National Theatre, Penny Dreadful, Peaky Blinders) returns to the National Theatre in Terence Rattigan’s devastating masterpiece, playing one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama. Tom Burke (War and Peace, The Musketeers) also features in Carrie Cracknell’s critically acclaimed new production.

A flat in Ladbroke Grove, West London. 1952. When Hester Collyer is found by her neighbours in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, the story of her tempestuous affair with a former RAF pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a High Court judge begins to emerge. With it comes a portrait of need, loneliness and long-repressed passion. Behind the fragile veneer of post-war civility burns a brutal sense of loss and longing.

The Demon Bride

The Demon Bride
8 – 10 MAR 2018
US Woordfees | R120 – R160
Woordfees (Stellenbosch)
  • Time

    US Woordfees
  • Price

    R120 – R160
  • Duration

    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Language

    English
  • Cast

    • Bianca Flanders
    • Sarah Grace Potter
    • Craig Alan Jackson
    • Carel Nel
    • Andrew Roux
  • Creative

    • Louis ViljoenWriter, Director
    • James WebbSound Design
    • Rocco PoolSet Design
    • Widaad AlbertusCostume Design

‘With this ring, I thee ... DEAD!’
 
Eric Abraham presents a Fugard Theatre production in association with US Woordfees , of a new horror-comedy, The Demon Bride, from the Fugard Theatre’s multi-award-winning writer in residence, Louis Viljoen.

It’s wedding season and the wine lands are abuzz with travellers who come to celebrate the nuptials of friends and family. But when the wedding party gets trapped in a haunted cabin in the middle of a dilapidated wine farm, a carefree weekend away turns into a nightmare when the spirit of an ancient demon possesses a newlywed and wreaks havoc on her friends.

Written and directed by Louis Viljoen, with Bianca Flanders, Sarah Grace Potter, Craig Alan Jackson, Carel Nel and Andrew Roux, sound design by James Webb, set design by Rocco Pool, costume design by Widaad Albertus and lighting design by Sean Whitehead .

The Demon Bride is presented in English and has an age restriction of 18LSP for adult themes and mature content.

It will run at US Woordfees at the HB Thom Auditorium in Stellenbosch on the below dates and times. Tickets for these shows can be purchased through Computicket, any Shoprite Checkers outlet or by calling 0861 915 8000:

8 March @ 5pm
8 March @ 8pm
9 March @ 12:30pm
10 March @ 4:30pm
10 March @ 8pm

The Demon Bride will be unleashed at the Fugard Studio Theatre from 10 May. Bookings for this will open on 1 March 2018.

The Demon Bride

The Demon Bride
FROM 8 MAY 2018
TUE – SAT 8 PM | R160
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Time

    TUE – SAT 8 PM
  • Price

    R160
  • Duration

    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Language

    English
  • Cast

    • Bianca FlandersAmelia
    • Sarah PotterJamie
    • Craig JacksonGary
    • Carel NelRaymond
    • Andrew RouxMr. Samael
  • Creative

    • Louis ViljoenWriter, Director
    • James WebbSound Design
    • Rocco PoolSet Design
    • Widaad AlbertusCostume Design
    • Benjamin du PlessisLighting Design
    • Sean WhiteheadAssociate Lighting Design

‘With this ring, I thee ... DEAD!’

Nominated for three WoordTROfees awards at this year's University of Stellenbosch (US) Woordfees, The Demon Bride will be unleashed on the Fugard Studio Theatre from 8 May.

Eric Abraham presents this Fugard Theatre production in association with US Woordfees. The Demon Bride is the latest play from multiple award-winning playwright and director Louis Viljoen, who is also the Fugard Theatre’s Writer in Residence.

The play was nominated for the WoordTROfees awards in the categories of Beste Akteur for Bianca Flanders as Amelia, Beste Woodrfeesdebuut and Best Tegniese Prestastie for the Sound Design by James Webb.

The Demon Bride is a gripping and hilarious comedy-horror that sees Viljoen taking an exciting new direction in a production that will make you shiver with delight!

"With this new play, Louis Viljoen (who wrote and directed) delivers a highly enjoyable, self-reflexive homage to the horror movie genre." commented Theatre Scene Cape Town.

The Demon Bride: it’s wedding season and the wine lands are abuzz with travellers who come to celebrate the nuptials of friends and family. But when the wedding party gets trapped in a haunted cabin in the middle of a dilapidated wine farm, a carefree weekend turns into a nightmare when the spirit of an ancient demon possesses a newlywed and wreaks havoc on her friends. The Demon Bride has one simple message: `With this ring I thee DEAD!’.

The production stars Craig Jackson (The Play That Goes Wrong, Black Sails, Blood Drive), Sarah Potter (The Pervert Laura,The Dark Tower, Shepherds and Butchers),Bianca Flanders (Shakespeare in Love, District Six – Kanala, Orpheus in Africa), Carel Nel (Die Rebellie van Lafras Verwey, Blood Drive, The Verbalists) and Andrew Roux (Shakespeare in Love, Wit, Macbeth).

Set Design is by Rocco Pool (The Father, The Eulogists), Lighting Design by Benjamin du Plessis (The Rocky Horror Show, Orpheus in Africa, Funny Girl [all with Daniel Galloway]) and Sean Whitehead (Black Dog/Inj’Emnyama [with Luke Ellenbogen], AFDA),  Costume Design by Widaad Albertus (The Eulogists, Associate Costume Designer King Kong) and Sound Design is by internationally acclaimed artist James Webb whose theatre credits include the Fugard Theatre productions of The Birdwatchers and Die Laaste Karretjiegraf, both of which won him Fleur du Cap Awards.

Viljoen’s first play as the Fugard’s Writer in Residence, The Eulogists, was nominated for a Fleur du Cap Theatre Award for Best New South African Script. Viljoen has won Fleur Du Cap Theatre awards (Best New South African Script) for Champ (2013) and The Kingmakers (2015). He was also the recipient of the Rosalie van Der Gucht Best New Director award for his plays, The Kingmakers and The Pervert Laura.

The Demon Bride is unlike anything we’ve ever seen on stage – a horror rom-com set in the winelands that is a thrilling theatrical sensory experience to scare and delight you,” says Daniel Galloway, Executive Director of the Fugard Theatre. “Louis is an exciting, provocative and visionary South African writer and with his venture into this new genre, he retains his hallmark flawed characters we both love and hate, which are sharply interwoven in to his utterly compelling storylines. We can’t wait for Fugard Theatre audiences to see this innovative, fresh and daring production. We are also delighted to be partnering for the first time with the US Woordfees”.

Louis Viljoen is a Cape Town based playwright and director. He has written and produced numerous plays including, The Bile Boys, The Frontiersmen, The Verbalists, Champ, Porno 88, The Kingmakers, The Pervert Laura, Oh Baby, I’m A Wild One, The Emissary and The Eulogists. He is one of the creators (along with playwrights Nicholas Spagnoletti and Jon Keevy) of the successful short-play initiative Anthology which has had four successful seasons at The Alexander Bar’s Upstairs Theatre.

Please note: The Demon Bride has an age restriction of 18 and contains scenes with strong language, violence, prejudice and sex. Herbal cigarettes and strobe lighting are used throughout the performance.

The Demon Bride is both a gripping and hysterical horror-comedy production that has once again proven the ability of director, Louis Viljoen, to challenge audiences’ sensory experiences ... a theatrical experience that will both shock and delight you. - Stellenbosch Matie Media
A highly enjoyable, self-reflexive homage to the horror movie genre - Theatre Scene Cape Town
The Demon Bride is both a gripping and hysterical horror-comedy production that has once again proven the ability of director, Louis Viljoen, to challenge audiences’ sensory experiences ... a theatrical experience that will both shock and delight you. - Stellenbosch Matie Media
A highly enjoyable, self-reflexive homage to the horror movie genre - Theatre Scene Cape Town

The Dream, Symphonic Variations, Marguerite & Armand

The Dream, Symphonic Variations, Marguerite & Armand
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 Eulogists

The Eulogists
30 MAY – 24 JUN 2017
TUE – SAT 8 PM | R120 – R160
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    30 May 2017 - 24 Jun 2017
  • Time

    TUE – SAT 8 PM
  • Price

    R120 – R160
  • Duration

    1 hour
  • Cast

    • Emily ChildAudrey
    • Pierre MalherbeHarris
    • Kiroshan NaidooZee
  • Creative

    • Louis ViljoenWriter
    • Greg KarvellasDirector
    • Rocco PoolSet Design
    • Widaad AlbertusCostume Design
    • Kieran McGregorLighting Design

The Fugard Theatre presents the world premiere of double Fleur du Cap writer award winner Louis Viljoen’s The Eulogists. Viljoen is the Fugard Theatre’s Writer in Residence and The Eulogists excitingly marks his first offering in this position.

The world media has descended on a small town to wait for a great statesman to die. Audrey, a flash-in-the-pan author who once had access to the leader and profited from it, has holed herself up in a room around the corner from the dying man’s family home. Zee is an ambitious researcher who dreams of breaking an exclusive story about the leader’s past and shares a room with Audrey and cabin fever has begun to set in.

Thrown into this volatile situation is Harris, a correspondent for an American radio station who brings with him a few bottles of wine and a plan to end the boredom. Each of these three people have their own reasons for being stuck in this town and as the truth emerges, the inevitability of losing a person who represents hope becomes an unbearable burden. 

Viljoen partners with his long-time collaborator Greg Karvellas (Clybourne Park, The Father, Bad Jews) as director, reuniting the tour-de-force team that have created acclaimed productions such as CHAMP and The Frontiersmen. The Fugard Theatre audiences have had the chance to see previous plays by Viljoen, including CHAMP, and the multiple Fleur du Cap award-winning The Kingmakers and The Pervert Laura.

The cast includes Emily Child (The Pervert Laura; The Emissary, A Certain Lady) as Audrey, Pierre Malherbe (The Kingmakers, Sexual Perversity in Chicago) as Harris and 2016 Fleur du Cap winner for Most Promising Student Kiroshan Naidoo (Anthology, Fabulous Nothing) as Zee.

The creative team for The Eulogists includes Set Design by Rocco Pool (The Father, Associate Designer for The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek), Costume Design by Widaad Albertus  (Wardrobe Supervisor District Six- Kanala, The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek) and Lighting Design by Kieran McGregor (The Father). 

“We are delighted to be staging the much-anticipated premiere of Louis Viljoen’s latest play as part of our Writer in Residence programme,” says Daniel Galloway, Executive Director of the Fugard Theatre. “In addition to presenting world-class South African productions of existing musical theatre and plays, we are committed to providing a platform for new voices to flourish. The Writer in Residence Programme offers the writer a series of guaranteed commissions and production of his or her work on the Fugard Studio Theatre stage.

“Louis has consistently illustrated through his work his razor-sharp observation skills and no-holds barred exploration of political, social and human themes, with dark, deviant characters that we both love and loathe. He is one of the most compelling new South African playwrights and we look forward to staging a number of his plays in the forthcoming years.”

Viljoen has written and produced numerous plays including, The Bile Boys, The Frontiersmen, The Verbalists, Champ, Porno 88, The Kingmakers, The Pervert Laura, Oh Baby, I’m A Wild One and The Emissary. He is one of the creators (along with playwrights Nicholas Spagnoletti and Jon Keevy) of the successful short-play initiative Anthology which has had four successful seasons at The Alexander Bar’s Upstairs Theatre. Viljoen has won Fleur Du Cap Theatre awards (Best New South African Script) for CHAMP (2013) and The Kingmakers (2015). He was the recipient of the Rosalie van Der Gucht Best New Director award for his plays, The Kingmakers and The Pervert Laura.

The Eulogists has a recommended age restriction of 16 – use of strong language and scenes of a sexual nature.

The Father

The Father
8 NOV – 3 DEC 2016
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | R130 – R160
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    08 Nov 2016 - 03 Dec 2016
  • Time

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

    R130 – R160
  • Language

    English
  • Cast

    • Marius WeyersAndre
    • Anthea ThompsonAnne
    • Brent PalmerPierre
    • Nicholas PaulingMan
    • Emily ChildWoman
    • Amy Louise WilsonLaura
  • Creative

    • Florian ZellerWriter
    • Greg KarvellasDirector
    • Christopher HamptonTranslation
    • Rocco PoolSet Design
    • Birrie le RouxCostume Design
    • Kieran McGregorLighting Designer

The Tony and Olivier award-winning Broadway and West End hit, Florian Zeller's The Father, translated from the French by Christopher Hampton, is set to have its South African premiere at The Fugard Studio Theatre from 8 November and run until 3 December 2016.

The Father peers inside the mind of Andre, a retired dancer living with his adult daughter Anne and her husband. Or is he a retired engineer receiving a visit from Anne who has moved away with her boyfriend? Why do strangers keep turning up in his room? And where has he left his watch? The Father is a funny, sad and poignant roller coaster ride on a fight against dementia that twists and turns with all the excitement of a taut thriller. 
 
An Eric Abraham and Fugard Theatre production The Father will be directed by Greg Karvellas (Clybourne Park; Bad Jews; CHAMP) and features an all South African cast headed by acting legend Marius Weyers. Set design is by Rocco Pool, with costume design by Birrie le Roux and lighting design by Kieran McGregor.

The powerhouse cast includes Anthea Thompson (My Briljante Egskeiding, Shirley Valentine, Madam and Eve), Emily Child (The Pervert Laura; The Emissary, A Certain Lady), Brent Palmer (A Steady Rain, The Kingmakers, Bench), Nicholas Pauling (Clybourne Park, A Steady Rain, Epstein) and Amy Louise Wilson (The Book of Negroes, Scrape and The Year of the Bicycle).

Winner of the 2015 Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play Tony Award, The Father also scooped top British and French Olivier and Moliere Awards. It received an array of five star reviews, including The London Guardian “hugely rewarding ….a savagely honest study of dementia ”,  The London Times “masterful, well-mannered mix of laughter and desolation puts you into the mind-set of someone in the midst of mental decay like nothing we’ve ever seen before” ; The London Telegraph “an unqualified triumph”, the London FT “The brilliance of Florian Zeller’s play, translated from the French by Christopher Hampton, is that it doesn’t just show us the impact of dementia, it uses the nature of theatre to put us in the same boat as André” and British Theatre.com “a beautiful symphony of pain. This is a play for our times.”

“Dementia is a disease that many can relate to,” says Daniel Galloway, Executive Director of The Fugard Theatre. “We may have experiences of living through it with loved ones, or faced the real and terrifying thought that this degenerative disease of the brain is not selective of circumstance and can affect any of us. We have no control over it, no matter who we are. The Father is a very poignant exploration of the frailty of the human mind.”

Marius Weyers is one of South Africa’s most loved and prolific actors whose career has spanned decades across stage and screen both locally and internationally. His numerous films have included  Twee Grade van Moord, Dis Ek, AnnaNothing for MahalaDie Laaste Tango, Blood Diamond, The Power of One and The Gods Must Be Crazy. On stage his credits include Oom Wanja / Uncle Vanya, Beckett, The Rainmaker, Othello, Hamlet directed by Dame Janet Suzman and Sir Anthony Sher’s I.D.
 
Zeller has been described as ‘the most exciting new theatre writer of our time’, by The London Guardian. He wrote his first novel at the age of 22, and recently and uniquely had three of his acclaimed plays – The Mother, The Father and The Truth – running in London theatres at the same time.  

“We are also thrilled to also announce that we will be staging The Father's companion piece, The Mother in February next year, directed by Janice Honeyman and starring Anna-Mart van der Merwe.