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.

The Fugard "is Plesierig" with Karen Zoid!

The Fugard
22 Jul 2011 - 23 Jul 2011
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    22 Jul 2011 - 23 Jul 2011

Since the release of her first solo album Poles Apart ten years ago, Zoid’s albums have gone gold with hits like Beautiful, Ons soek rock & roll, Verandering, Afrikaners is Plesierig, Small Room and Aeroplane Jane. In 2005 Small Room became one of the biggest songs being play listed on radio. Aeroplane Jane became the most requested song over the past three years on radio. She received a SAMA for Best Female Artist alongside numerous other awards, and has performed with international artists including Annie Lennox, Metallica and John Mayer.

The Fugard Bioscope National Theatre Encore Season

The Fugard Bioscope National Theatre Encore Season
17 DEC 2017 – 28 JAN 2018
R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    17 Dec 2017 - 28 Jan 2018
  • Price

    R100

The Fugard Bioscope National Theatre Encore Season is a chance to re-experience some of the most popular recorded live theatre titles of the 2017 bioscope season, featuring the best of British theatre screenings as well as some new titles from the comfort of a Fugard Theatre seat, with its full size high definition cinema screen and 7.1 dolby digital surround sound system. The productions are filmed live, transporting you directly into the heart of the action on stage.

“Theatres such as the National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic and the Barbican Theatre are world leaders in the creation of theatre,” says Greg Karvellas, Resident Director and General Manager of the Fugard Theatre.  “We are delighted to be able to bring this magic to Cape Town audiences with The National Theatre Summer Encore Season. This year, we have also included some Monday night slots for additional viewing in addition to our Sunday morning screenings.”

Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare`s classic comedy of mistaken identity, Twelfth Night. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything is possible. Simon Godwin (NT Live: Man and Superman, NT Live: The Beaux' Stratagem) directs this joyous new production. “Fabulously funny,dazzling and finely tuned” Radio Times.

Peter Pan is a delight for all the family.  JM Barrie`s much-loved tale of Peter Pan and the Lost Boys, Wendy Tinker Bell, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook in a riot of magic, music and make-believe. Sally Cookson (NT Live: Jane Eyre) directs this wondrously inventive production, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre. “Delightful. Magic, Unforgettable.” – The Guardian

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf - Sonia Friedman Productions present Imelda Staunton (Gypsy, Vera Drake, the Harry Potter films), Conleth Hill (Game Of Thrones, The Producers), Luke Treadaway (A Street Cat Named Bob, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Hollow Crown) and Imogen Poots (A Long Way Down, Jane Eyre) in James Macdonald`s critically acclaimed, multiple FIVE STAR production of Edward Albee`s landmark play, broadcast from the Harold Pinter Theatre, London.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead - David Leveaux's new production marks the 50th anniversary of the play that made a young Tom Stoppard`s name overnight. Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman in Black), Joshua McGuire (The Hour) and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Witness for the Prosecution) star in this brilliantly funny situation comedy, broadcast from The Old Vic theatre in London.

The new staging of Tony Kushner`s multi-award winning two-part play Angels in America is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse). America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass). “A start-to-finish sensation” Daily Telegraph

In Obsession Jude Law (The Young Pope, Closer, The Talented Mr Ripley) stars in this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti's 1943 film, broadcast from the Barbican Theatre. Ivo van Hove (NT Live: A View from the Bridge, Hedda Gabler) directs. Gino is a drifter, down-at-heel and magnetically handsome. At a road side restaurant he encounters husband and wife, Giuseppe and Giovanna. Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband. But, in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart.

Music. Power. Jealousy.  Lucian Msamati (Luther, Game of Thrones, NT Live: The Comedy of Errors) plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer`s iconic play, Amadeus filmed at the National Theatre, and with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world - and he's determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music, and ultimately, with God. FIVE STARS from the Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Time Out, Independent, The Stage. 
 
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.

 

MONTHPRODUCTIONFROM
DEC 2017 TWELFTH NIGHT
Sunday 17 December 2017
The National Theatre
  PETER PAN
Saturday 23 December 2017
The National Theatre
 JAN 2018 WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF
Sunday 7 January 2018
The National Theatre
  ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD
Sunday 14 January 2018
The National Theatre
  ANGELS IN AMERICA PART 1
Monday 15 January 2018
The National Theatre
  OBSESSION
Sunday 21 January 2018
The National Theatre
  ANGELS IN AMERICA PART 2
Monday 22 January 2018
The National Theatre
  AMADEUS
Sunday 28 January 2018
The National Theatre

(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 Fugard Bioscope National Theatre Summer Season

The Fugard Bioscope National Theatre Summer Season
FROM 23 OCT 2016
SUNDAYS 11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    23 Oct 2016 - 04 Dec 2016
  • Time

    SUNDAYS 11 AM
  • Price

    R100
The Fugard Theatre Bioscope is proud to present encore screenings of the best National Theatre Live productions, presented in digital high-definition and surround-sound in the comfort of the Fugard Theatre. The season begins this October with the award-winning The Audience, starring Helen Mirren.

The screening schedule, subject to change, is as follows:

 

MONTHPRODUCTIONSTARRING
OCT 2016 THE AUDIENCE
23 October 2016
Helen Mirren
  ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS
30 October 2016
James Corden
NOV 2016 A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE
6 November 2016
Mark Strong
  FRANKENSTEIN
27 November 2016
Benedict Cumberbatch
Jonny Lee Miller
DEC 2016 HAMLET
4 December 2015
Benedict Cumberbatch

(The schedule is subject to change and further additions will be made)

The Fugard Fest of Comedy!

The Fugard Fest of Comedy!
29 Nov 2011 - 17 Dec 2011
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    29 Nov 2011 - 17 Dec 2011

Sensational Funny Man Alan Committie heads up and hosts a star-studded comedy line-up as the Fugard Theatre proudly presents its very first Fugard fest of Comedy, from 29 November to 17 December.

Alan and his Comedy Committee of Rob van Vuuren, Carmen Maarman, Hope Maimane and Jo Galloway will treat audiences to a three-week festive frolic on the Fugard Theatre Stage. In a deliciously hilarious comedy revue romp, this team of many talents reflects on a long 2011, and is sure to have audiences laughing well into 2012.

In the spirit of holiday season overindulgence, the Comedy Committee will be joined every night by yet another funny friend, in a line-up that will see the cream of the comedy crop gracing the Fugard stage. Mark Banks joins the ranks for the first week, and will be up to his usual uncontrollable madcap antics from 29 November to 3 December, an additional 17h00 show has been added to Saturday 3 December.  Skirting around relatively taboo topics with charm and ease, comedy doctor Riaad Moosa will split your sides and keep you in stitches at the same time, when he joins the gang for the 6th, 7th and 10th December.  During the final week, 12 to 17 December, Stuart Taylor brings his intelligent comedy magic to the mix to round off a fantastic season of laughs.

The Fugard Rocks! Michelle Shocked Live!

The Fugard Rocks! Michelle Shocked Live!
The Fugard Theatre

Between the widening gap of ultra-rich and working poor - or, for that matter, uber-celebrities and starving artists - stands Michelle Shocked, an independent American singer-songwriter and a working artist thriving on the spoils of a hard-won fight. Shocked received her first international exposure in Europe, particularly Britain, with her debut album The Texas Campfire Tapes.

Joined by top South African musicians including her long time touring partner Schalk Joubert (who has toured with her over the last five years in the USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand) on Bass, top SA drummer Kevin Gibson and the multi-talented Melissa van der Spuy on Keyboards and vocals Shocked displayed her multifaceted talents as a world-class singer, songwriter, storyteller and entertainer.

The Fugard Theatre Bioscope Celebrates Dame Janet Suzman Films.

The Fugard Theatre Bioscope Celebrates Dame Janet Suzman Films.
26 Sep 2011 - 01 Oct 2011
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    26 Sep 2011 - 01 Oct 2011

Dame Janet kindly offered an informal Question and Answer session on Saturday 1 October. The award-winning South African born British actress and director (72), is the niece of the late Helen Suzman, who was also made an Honorary Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1989.

“I could not find better words than the ones Athol Fugard used in his play “ - Master Harold and The Boys
” to describe her: Janet Suzman is a woman of magnitude,” - Eric Abraham, founder of the Fugard Theatre.
“She is one of those few actors who can hold an audience in the palm of her hand even.........there with the dramatic gods,” - Added Abraham

The Fugard Theatre Bioscope Winter Season

The Fugard Theatre Bioscope Winter Season
20 Jun 2011 - 16 Jul 2011
R40 per night
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    20 Jun 2011 - 16 Jul 2011
  • Price

    R40 per night

The new Fugard Theatre Bioscope hosted a month-long Winter Classic Film Festival from 20 June to 16 July 2011. This followed a week of classic films based on the plays of Athol Fugard, from 7 – 11 June, in honour of his Tony Lifetime Achievement Award which he received in New York on 12 June 2011. The Winter Classic Film Festival was proudly presented in association with Thelema Mountain Vineyards.

The four week Fugard Theatre Bioscope Winter Classic Film Festival had four different themes. The film screenings started at 20h00 every night. Hot soup, fresh garlic bread, delicious Thelema Wines was on on offer and a warm atmosphere received patrons at the Fugard Theatre from 19h00 each night. The theatre had recently been fitted with new cinema-style seats, high definition cinema quality projection and surround sound systems which made the Winter Classic Film Festival a unique cinematic experience inside one of the most beautiful theatres in the country. The Classic Film Festival was programmed by Fugard Theatre founding producer Eric Abraham who also produced the Academy Award-winning film KOLYA.

The Golden Age

The Golden Age
26 FEB 2017
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    26 Feb 2017 - 26 Feb 2017
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 20 minutes
  • Cast

    • The Bolshoi Principals
    • The Bolshoi Soloists and Corps de Ballet
  • Creative

    • Dmitri ShostakovichMusic
    • Yuri GrigorovichChoreography
    • Yuri GrigorovichLibretto
    • Isaak GlikmanLibretto

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

In a seaside town where business and mafia are flourishing, The Golden Age cabaret is the favorite nightly haunt of dancers, bandits and young revelers, where the young fisherman Boris falls in love with Rita, a beautiful dancer, but also the friend of a local gangster…

A satire of Europe during the Roaring 20s, The Golden Age makes for an original, colorful, and dazzling show with its jazzy score and music-hall atmosphere. This ballet that can only be seen at the Bolshoi has everything: mad rhythms, vigorous chase scenes, and decadent cabaret numbers. With its passionate love story featuring beautiful duets between Boris and Rita, the Bolshoi dancers plunge into every stylized step and gesture magnificently.

The Hard Problem

The Hard Problem
4 OCT
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    04 Oct 2015 - 04 Oct 2015
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    1 hour 40 minutes
  • Cast

    • Anthony CalfJerry
    • Kristin AthertonElaine
    • Hayley CanhamCathy
    • Vera ChokBo
    • Jonathan CoyLeo
    • Rosie HilalJulia
    • Damian MolonySpike
    • Parth ThakerarAmal
    • Olivia VinallHilary
  • Creative

    • Tom StoppardWriter
    • Nicholas HytnerDirector
    • Bob CrowleyDesigner
    • Mark HendersonLighting Designer
    • Paul ArdittiSound Designer
    • Zachary JamesStaff Director

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

Acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead) returns to the National Theatre with his highly-anticipated new play The Hard Problem, directed by Nicholas Hytner (Othello, Hamlet, One Man, Two Guvnors).

Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a brainscience institute, is nursing a private sorrow and a troubling question at work, where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness? This is ‘the hard problem’ which puts Hilary at odds with her colleagues who include her first mentor Spike, her boss Leo and the billionaire founder of the institute, Jerry. Is the day coming when the computer and the fMRI scanner will answer all the questions psychology can ask? Meanwhile Hilary needs a miracle, and she is prepared to pray for one.

★★★★★ 100 minutes of brilliant brainache. - Daily Mail
★★★★ Intellectually charged. Pulses with interesting ideas. Elegantly interpreted by Nicholas Hytner. - Evening Standard
★★★★ Offers endless stimulation. - Guardian
★★★★★ 100 minutes of brilliant brainache. - Daily Mail
★★★★ Intellectually charged. Pulses with interesting ideas. Elegantly interpreted by Nicholas Hytner. - Evening Standard
★★★★ Offers endless stimulation. - Guardian

The Kingmakers

The Kingmakers
23 FEB – 19 MAR 2016
TUE – SAT 8 PM | R130
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    23 Feb 2016 - 19 Mar 2016
  • Time

    TUE – SAT 8 PM
  • Price

    R130
  • Duration

    1 hour 10 minutes
  • Language

    English
  • Cast

    • Pierre MalherbeArlow
    • Rebecca Makin-TaylorAmy
    • Brent PalmerDaniel
  • Creative

    • Louis ViljoenWriter, Director, Set Design
    • Benjamin du PlessisLighting Design
    • Greg KarvellasSet Design
    • Lamees AlbertusCostume Design

The Fugard Theatre announces First Playwright In Residence Louis Viljoen and a staging of his 2015 Fleur du Cap Awards Best New Script winner The Kingmakers.
 
Following on from the highly regarded Fugard Theatre productions of award-winning playwright Louis Viljoen's plays Champ (2013) and The Pervert Laura (2015), his multiple 2015 Fleur du Cap award-winning The Kingmakers will be produced at the Fugard Theatre Studio from 23 February to 19 March 2016. Viljoen will direct. He also won the 2014 Fleur du Cap Best New Director Award for The Kingmakers.
 
 A 'pitch black' political comedy The Kingmakers follows a group of opposition-party strategists as they attempt to place a neutral party member in contention for leadership. After an internal power struggle leaves them out in the cold and on the fringes of the party, they come up with a plan to shape a seemingly ambition-less, but well-respected politician into a leader. With the help of a rising commercial corporation seeking political clout and possible government contracts, the stage is set for a merciless power grab and perhaps a chance at revenge.
 
The Kingmakers is set in the familiar world of skullduggery, backstabbing, one-upmanship, disloyalty, blackmail and   profiteering, otherwise known as South African politics. Our three heroes spend their days making sure the system works for no one except the lucky few or the ones who can afford to do as they please. But after years of working in the dark and the cold, financially speaking, they conspire to get something for themselves, whether it be gold or power. Preferably both.
 
"The Fugard Theatre exists to showcase the best of South African talent and it all begins with writers.  While we are committed to world class South African and International productions of existing plays and musical theatre, we are equally committed to encouraging new South African writing. Louis Viljoen is one of these new voices who the Fugard Theatre will nurture by appointing him our first playwright in residence. The playwright in residence programme provides the writer with a series of guaranteed commissions and production of his work on the Fugard Theatre Studio stage" Eric Abraham Founding producer and owner of the Fugard Theatre said.
 
The Kingmakers stars Pierre Malherbe (Sexual Perversity in Chicago), Rebecca Makin-Taylor (Last Rounds) and Brent Palmer (A Steady Rain).

Lighting design is by Benjamin du Plessis with Set Design by Greg Karvellas and Louis Viljoen and Costume Design by Lamees Albertus.

Tickets are now available through Computicket or the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554 and range from R130 to R150 per ticket.
 
 Warning: The Kingmakers contains extremely strong language, strictly no under 16.
 

★★★★★ - Cape Argus
... truly top notch performances - The Next 48 Hours
... fascinating and lightning paced - Broadway World
... bitingly witty and paradigm-shattering - Live Music Guide (LMG)
★★★★★ - Cape Argus
... truly top notch performances - The Next 48 Hours
... fascinating and lightning paced - Broadway World
... bitingly witty and paradigm-shattering - Live Music Guide (LMG)

The Lady of the Camellias

The Lady of the Camellias
14 FEB 2016
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    14 Feb 2016 - 14 Feb 2016
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Cast

    • Svetlana ZakharovaMarguerite Gautier
    • Edvin RevazovArmand Duval
    • Anna TikhomirovaManon Lescaut
    • Semyon ChudinDes Grieux
    • Kristina KretovaPrudence Duvernoy
    • Mikhail LobukhinGaston Rieux
    • Anna AntropovaNanina
    • Andrei MerkurievMonsieur Duval
    • Daria KhokhlovaOlympia
    • Alexander FadeyechevThe Duke
  • Creative

    • Frédéric Chopin Music
    • John NeumeierChoreography

Screened as part of the 2015 & 2016 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Season. From the Bolshoi Ballet.

A young bourgeois, Armand Duval, falls madly in love with Marguerite Gautier, a gorgeous courtesan celebrated by the Parisian high society. Despite her infidelity, Armand will do all he can to win the beautiful womanís heart and convince her to leave her indulgent life.

The Bolshoi breathes new life into John Neumeier's tragic masterpiece, inspired by Alexandre Dumas' novel and accompanied by Chopin's exquisite score. This production assumes a new emotional and dramatic texture that only the Bolshoi's dancers can deliver.

"Neumeierís character-rich ballet has found a company that is equal to its challenges" Financial Times.

The Legend of Love

The Legend of Love
23 NOV 2014
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    23 Nov 2014 - 23 Nov 2014
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    3 hours
  • Cast

    • The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet
  • Creative

    • Arif MelikoMusic
    • Nâzım HikmetLibretto
    • Yuri GrigorovichOriginal Choreography

Screened as part of the 2014 & 2015 World Cinema Season

The royal apartments of Queen Mekhmene Banu are plunged into mourning – her young sister, Princess Shyrin, is dying. The Princess will only be saved if the Queen gives Shyrin her beauty. The Queen decides to sacrifice herself, but later regrets her action when she is disfigured and Shyrin falls in love with the Queen’s own lover, the painter Ferkhad.

This splendid tale of forbidden love, self-sacrifice, jealousy and suffering returns to the Bolshoi stage after a ten-year absence. The Legend of Love is one of Russian master Yuri Grigorovich’s earliest choreographic works, and its storyline explores the conflict between love and duty through its two heroines.

Featuring dance movements, sets and costumes inspired by the Middle East, this stunning ballet, which uses pure dance to tell the story, is further enriched by the talent of the Bolshoi troupe.