Cape Town Fringe Festival 2015

Cape Town Fringe Festival 2015
24 SEP - 04 OCT 2015
Fugard Studio, City Hall and CBD
  • Dates

    24 Sep 2015 - 09 Oct 2015

For booking and a full list of this year's productions please visit www.capetownfringe.co.za


With a bold and sassy programme of more than 70 productions, this year’s Cape Town Fringe – which runs in the city from 24 September to 4 October – promises to be a showcase of the best of South African theatre.

Audiences can look forward to an invigorating mix of new and original work spanning every genre, the organisers say. It is the second time this annual event will be held in the City.

Artistic Director Ismail Mahomed said the Cape Town Fringe was evolving its own artistic fingerprint – that of an engaged, original, and socially aware programme.

“It demonstrates how independent artists and arts companies are passionately engaging with the world around them and bringing that experience to their work,” Mahomed said, adding that more productions are likely be added in the coming weeks as contractual and other discussions are concluded..

While the programme comprises mostly theatre, dance, performance art, physical theatre, music, family theatre and magic will round off the 11-day Festival.

“The programme includes work that has left audiences stunned at other festivals and theatres, as well as fresh work from established companies and a selection of new voices. We believe it is an invigorating mix that will blow audiences away,” Mahomed said.

This year's line-up aims to offer a wide choice, ensuring that the Fringe matches the vibrancy and creativity of other Fringe Festivals worldwide.

"Audiences will be able to craft an amazing experience, drawing from productions that won the coveted Standard Bank Ovation Award at the recent National Arts Festival, through to original work that is devised and created specifically to premiere at this year’s Fringe,” he added.

A broad selection panel reviewed the proposals submitted for the Fringe this year. Led by Mahomed, it comprised Jaqueline Dommisse, Yazeed Kamaldien, Warona Seane, Sifiso Kweyama, Adrienne Sichel and Lynette Marais.

Produced by the experienced team at the National Arts Festival, the Cape Town Fringe will make use of venues in the City Centre, at the V&A Waterfront (for the first time in 2015) and Langa.

Notes V&A Waterfront CEO, David Green, ‘’As one of Cape Town’s most iconic public spaces, the V&A Waterfront has long been not only an attraction for all citizens of Cape Town, but a neighbourhood. The Fringe Festival is an extension of this inclusiveness, and we welcome the opportunity to be part of a vibrant cultural showcase. Through the Festival, locals can celebrate all that is unique about our eclectic multi-cultural city.’’

“The programme has a strong Cape flavor with locally based artists making up approximately 60% of the programme,” Fringe CEO Tony Lankester said.

More than 18 000 tickets were sold last year, and the event was estimated to have an economic impact of over R4-million, over and above its R2.7-million direct spend, Lankester said.

Local partnerships are crucial to staging the event, Mahomed said, highlighting relationships with initiatives such as the Zabalaza Festival, PANSA and ASSITEJ, all of which have made the programme “richer and more relevant”.

“The City of Cape Town is a proud supporter of a number of large events and the Fringe is one of these that attracts local and international participants and supporters. The economic spin offs of events hold enormous benefits for the city and its residents. The Fringe has helped Cape Town earn the enviable reputation of an events destination of choice. Moreover this event is part of the City’s commitments to ensure events for low seasons to address the challenges of seasonality on visitor numbers”. Said Councillor Garreth Bloor, Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development


New Elements Introduced to Cape Town Fringe

Lankester said last year’s event had given the organisers a solid base from which to innovate: “We want to grow the event even more and we will be introducing some innovations developed as a result of open engagement with Cape artists and institutions earlier this year.”

Some of this year’s innovations include:

    •    Patrons who book via the Cape Town Fringe website will be able to make use of the print-at-home-ticket function, reducing queuing time for patrons.
    •    An enhanced and more user-friendly Cape Town Fringe mobile booking and planning app.
    •    A stronger programme of events for schools and learner groups during the daytime.
    •    Greater cognizance given to religious and other holidays in the planning process.
    •    Expanding to venues beyond the City Hall precinct.
    •    Partnering with Cape Town Tourism and a specialist travel agent to put packages together for visitors from other cities wanting to attend the Fringe.
    •    More specials for workers in the City to attend shows during their lunch breaks. “Give us your lunch hour, we’ll give you a show and a sandwich,” say organisers.
    •    A busier and more vibrant Fringe Club in the City Hall, where patrons will be able to meet for coffee, a glass of wine and a light meal.

Joining the City as a full sponsor of the event this year is Standard Bank, who will play host to the Standard Bank music stage in the City Hall.

“The venue will feature some amazing entertainment,” Jenny Pheiffer, Head of Brand and Group Sponsorships at Standard Bank said. “We are proud to continue our support for the arts in South Africa through the Cape Town Fringe Festival. For Standard Bank this is a natural fit and extension of our National Arts Festival sponsorship and we look forward to seeing the best new original work across all genres in Cape Town.”

Booking opens for the Fringe at the end of August at www.capetownfringe.co.za

About the Cape Town Fringe

The Cape Town Fringe is project-managed by the National Arts Festival. The City of Cape Town is the Host Sponsor, while Standard Bank is the Presenting Sponsor of the event.

Carmen (captured at Teatro alla Scala)

Carmen (captured at Teatro alla Scala)
17 Nov 2012 - 18 Nov 2012
4 PM
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    17 Nov 2012 - 18 Nov 2012
  • Time

    4 PM

Young Georges Bizet died soon after the premiere of Carmen, and thus never enjoyed the success of his creation. Carmen wasn’t initially well received, but became, and still is, one of the most famous and popular works in the opera repertoire. The stark realism (interjected with comedy) was initially considered ―too much‖ for the opera going public; it is now considered a stroke of Bizet’s genius. During an unusually long rehearsal period, the orchestra complained that the music was too difficult, and the chorus complained that it was too challenging to act like a group of individuals, rather than a homogeneous block responding as a unit. Fortunately, Bizet had allies in the production, and his vision for the opera was realized. Composers ranging from Saint-Saëns and Tchaikovsky to Verdi and Wagner all expressed admiration for the work. More so than any ―celebrity endorsement,‖ it is the brilliant music that maintains Carmen’s legacy: even complete opera novices will recognize the famous tunes that make up the bulk of this opera.

For this production, La Scala has hand-picked some of the hottest new talent in the opera world, including German tenor Jonas Kaufmann, Uruguayan baritone Erwin Schrott, Italian soprano Adriana Damato, and up-and-coming Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili, who won the Leyla Gencer Voice Competition last year.
 
CARMEN is the story of fatal attraction between Carmen, the hot-blooded gypsy, and Don José, the upstanding corporal in the Spanish army who’s already engaged to another woman. Don José begins to fall for Carmen as she sings the famous song of seduction, the Habañera. When he helps her avoid arrest, he is thrown in prison. Upon his release, he seeks her out; as a result, his life continues to unravel. Upon hearing his mother is dying, he heads home, vowing to Carmen that they will be together again soon. When he returns, he discovers Carmen in a rapturous affair with Escamillo, a dashing toreador. Don José, now bitter and angry, stabs her to death just as Escamillo wins the fight in the bullring. As the spectators leave the arena, Don José throws himself on her dead body and confesses his guilt.

Carmen (captured at the Royal Opera House)

Carmen (captured at the Royal Opera House)
13 Jan 2013
2 & 6PM | R50 - R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    13 Jan 2013 -
  • Time

    2 & 6PM
  • Price

    R50 - R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 30 minutes
  • Cast

    • Anna Caterina AntonacciCarmen
    • Jonas KaufmannDon José
    • Norah AmsellemMicaëla
    • Illdebrando D'ArcangeloEscamillo
  • Creative

    • Antonio PappanoConductor
    • Francesca ZambelloStage Director
    • Tanya McCallinDesigns
    • Arthur PitaChoreography
    • Paule ConstableLighting design
    • Mike LoadesFight director

With Anna Caterina Antonacci and Jonas Kaufmann bringing rare and erotic intensity to the drama of Carmen and Don José, this Royal Opera production is a darkly passionate and sumptuously exotic reading of one of the world’s favourite operas. Under the baton of Music Director Antonio Pappano, Bizet’s irresistible score drives the tragedy forward, in this powerful landmark staging of a musical masterpiece.

For the full World Opera and Ballet 2012/2013 Season schedule click here.

Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci

Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci
17 APR 2016
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    17 Apr 2016 - 17 Apr 2016
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    3 hours
  • Language

    Sung in Italian
  • Cast

    • Eva-Maria WestbroekSantuzza
    • Aleksandrs AntonenkoTuriddu
    • Elena ZilioMamma Lucia
    • Dimitri PlataniasAlfio
    • Martina BelliLola
    • Aleksandrs AntonenkoCanio
    • Dimitri PlataniasTonio
    • Carmen GiannattasioNedda
    • Benjamin HulettBeppe
    • Dionysios SourbisSilvio
  • Creative

    • Antonio PappanoConductor
    • Damiano MichielettoDirector

Screened as part of the 2015 & 2016 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Season. From the Royal Opera House.

These two short Italian operas are each regarded as the composers’ masterpiece, and are brought together in a new staging by award-winning director Damiano Michieletto, who sets both operas in a poverty stricken village in 1980s southern Italy, where the Mafia has a hold. The Royal Opera’s Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts a cast that includes charismatic Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek, exciting Italian soprano Carmen Giannattasio and the thrilling Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko.

Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci

Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci
9 JUL 2017
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    09 Jul 2017 - 09 Jul 2017
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 40 minutes
  • Cast

    • Liudmyla MonastyrskaSantuzza
    • Jonas KaufmannTuriddu
    • Jonas KaufmannCanio
    • Maria AgrestaNedda
  • Creative

    • Pietro MascagniMusic
    • Ruggero LeoncavalloMusic

Screened as part of the 2017 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Season. From The Salzburg Festival.

Described by Salzburger Nachricten as “Opera as Great Romantic Cinema”, the two one- act operas, Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci brought record attendances to the Salzburg Easter Festival. No wonder, for Jonas Kaufmann, in his debut performances as both Turiddu and Canio, was “stellar” (Daily Telegraph) and sang “both parts so lyrically, with such italianità, mellow with impeccable highs... a pure delight” (Kurier). Equally impressive are Thielemann – “the uber-conductor” (Telegraph). “What we hear from the pit is sensational in its nuances” (Kurier).

Champ

Champ
05 APRIL – 04 MAY 2013
TUES - THURS 8PM | FRI 6:30 & 9PM | SAT 8PM | R110 - R140
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    05 Apr 2013 - 04 May 2013
  • Time

    TUES - THURS 8PM | FRI 6:30 & 9PM | SAT 8PM
  • Price

    R110 - R140
  • Duration

    1 hour 15 minutes
  • Cast

    • Oliver BoothStanley
    • Mark ElderkinMelvin
    • Nicholas PaulingElliot
    • Pierre MalherbeWaldo
    • Jenny SteadThe Manager
  • Creative

    • Louis ViljoenWriter
    • Greg KarvellasDirector
    • Johann KupferburgerProduction Manager
    • Ben du PlessisStage Manager
    • Jesse KramerPhotography

Champ, written by the talented playwright Louis Viljoen, has recently been awarded the 2012 Fleur du Cap Theatre Award for Best New South African Script. The play was nominated in two additional categories - the Rosalie van der Gucht Prize for New Directors (Greg Karvellas), and Best Supporting Actor (Adam Neill).

Presented by Artscape and the Fugard Theatre, and directed by Greg Karvellas, Louis Viljoen’s wicked new play Champ will be re-staged – after an initial successful season at Artscape in 2012 – at the Fugard Studio Theatre in April 2013.

Three actors, scraping the bottom of the barrel while working as children's entertainers in a mall, find themselves struggling to hold on to their jobs and what little dignity they have left when they encounter a vicious child hell-bent on making their day worse than it already is. Through a combination of exhaustion, wounded pride, middle-class disaffection and a little too much alcohol early in the day, they enter into a battle with the mischievous and dastardly little boy and set in motion a series of events that will not necessarily change their lives, but perhaps make the day a little more interesting.

Champ stars Mark Elderkin (Skeem), Nick Pauling (Waiting for the Barbarians), Pierre Malherbe (Not Another Friggin' Tribute Show) and Jenny Stead (Cardenio) and introduces Oliver Booth, a recent UCT Graduate.

Champ is a dark comedy about haves, have-nots, want-nots, up-starts, young bucks, old farts, little men, big boys and the inevitable slide into booze-fueled depression.

Tickets, ranging from R100 to R140, are available through computicket.com or at the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554. Friends of the Fugard benefit from the usual, excellent discounts.

Due to explicit and graphic language Champ carries a strict no under 18 age restriction.

Champ is a project of the Artscape New Writing Program.

… So, if you go down to the woods today... You're in for a big surprise.

...theatre on top of its game... - Sunday Times
**** Unbearably funny ... - Cape Argus
... best comedy to grace Cape Town stages recently ... - Cape Times
... devilish and infectious ... - Bizcommunity
... fast paced and extremely funny... - Monday Missile
... deliciously wicked and hilariously insane ... - Bizcommunity
... thoroughly enjoyable ... - Whats on in Cape Town
... hilarious chaos ... - Bizcommunity
...theatre on top of its game... - Sunday Times
**** Unbearably funny ... - Cape Argus
... best comedy to grace Cape Town stages recently ... - Cape Times
... devilish and infectious ... - Bizcommunity
... fast paced and extremely funny... - Monday Missile
... deliciously wicked and hilariously insane ... - Bizcommunity
... thoroughly enjoyable ... - Whats on in Cape Town
... hilarious chaos ... - Bizcommunity

Citizen Four

Citizen Four
8 OCT 2015
6 PM | R60
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    08 Oct 2015 - 08 Oct 2015
  • Time

    6 PM
  • Price

    R60
  • Duration

    1 hour 54 minutes

Screened as part of the Tri Continental Film Festival 2015.

The documentary CitizenFour is a rare glimpse into the history of the US surveillance state being "unmade" by Edward Snowden and three journalists who he agreed to meet in a hotel room in Hong Kong. Over eight days, Snowden talked the journalists through an uncounted number of leaked documents that exposed illegal mass surveillance schemes designed by the US National Security Agency and many of its allies across the world, which allowed them to snoop on almost every digital communication available. Within days the first stories appeared, setting off a chain reaction that would shake the US surveillance state to its very foundations.

It is story of how courageous acts of whistleblowing and an informed public can push back against injustice and abuse of power.

CitizenFour has a special relevance to South African audiences, given growing concerns of a local `rise of the securocrats`, and abuse of surveillance practices. Earlier this year, the Right2Know Campaign published a report on the surveillance of local activists and unionists. Several prominent investigative journalists have also found out their communications were being tapped by shadowy intelligence structures.

These events are unfolding at a time when the political space in South Africa is increasingly contested, and engaged citizens are realizing more than ever the importance of the right to privacy as a political freedom. "Unlike a police truncheon or rubber bullet, surveillance leaves no bruises or broken bones, but it can be just as destructive."

Claudia Mohr Live

Claudia Mohr Live
18 Nov 2011 - 19 Nov 2011
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    18 Nov 2011 - 19 Nov 2011
  • Cast

  • Creative

    • Charles Knighton-PullinLead guitar
    • Nick CattoBass
    • Kyle GrayDrums

Claudia Mohr is a performing artist in the true sense of the word. Her debut album, entitled ‘Go It Alone’, encompasses a range of musical influences which include funk, rock, blues and even references to local Afro-pop idioms unique to South Africa, while displaying a keen sense of individuality and a vocal quality that it ever rich and inviting.

Clowns Without Borders South Africa – A Comedy Benefit Showcase

Clowns Without Borders South Africa – A Comedy Benefit Showcase
21 AUG 2017
8 PM | R150
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    21 Aug 2017 - 21 Aug 2017
  • Time

    8 PM
  • Price

    R150

SA’s best comedians celebrate 10 years of bringing laughter and emotional relief where it is needed the most!

Clowns Without Borders South Africa is celebrating their 10th anniversary with a once-off Comedy Benefit Showcase at the iconic Fugard Studio Theatre at 8pm on August 21st. Featuring the comic talents of Rob van Vuuren, Nik Rabinowitz, Sne Dladla, Shimmy Isaacs, Daniel Mpilo Richards, Yaaseen Barnes and CJ Benson, this stellar line up of some of South Africa’s best comedians is certain to keep the audience in stitches.

Tickets are R150 and on sale through Computicket. Proceeds will support Clowns Without Borders South Africa’s Ubuntu Clown Fun(d) which sends artists to communities affected by crisis in South African and internationally.

Over the past 10 years, Clowns Without Borders South Africa has reached over 450 000 beneficiaries throughout South Africa as well as the DRC, Lebanon, Lesotho, Kenya, Malawi, Myanmar, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. The healing work of the Clowns has brought laughter and joy to children and families in communities affected by poverty, natural disasters, HIV/AIDS, and violence. Their motto is “children being children again.”
“Things like this are absolutely vital” – Newsweek Magazine

Be a part of this worthy cause and enjoy a night of star-studded comic relief at the Clowns Without Borders South Africa 10th Anniversary Comedy Benefit Showcase.

Clowns Without Borders South Africa is an artist-led humanitarian organisation dedicated to providing laughter and emotional relief to children and families affected by crisis around the world. Since its inception, Clowns Without Borders South Africa has implemented more than 800 interventions with performances and arts-based workshops for over 450,000 children and families. Clowns Without Borders also has helped bring positive parenting programmes to over 100,000 families throughout sub-Saharan Africa to reduce violence against children. Recent projects include a tour for over 20,000 refugees in South Sudan in April 2017 and an intercultural storytelling project to bridge communities in George, Western Cape. Web site: http://www.cwbsa.org

Clybourne Park

Clybourne Park
FROM 16 AUG 2016
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | R120 – R240
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    16 Aug 2016 -
  • Time

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

    R120 – R240
  • Duration

    2 hours 10 minutes, including 20 minute interval
  • Cast

    • Andrew BucklandRuss, Dan
    • Susan DanfordBev, Kathy
    • Lesoko SeabeFrancine, Lena
    • Scott SparrowJim, Tom, Kenneth
    • Nicholas PaulingKarl, Steve
    • Pope JerrodAlbert, Kevin
    • Claire-Louise WorbyBetsy, Lindsey
  • Creative

    • Bruce NorrisWriter
    • Eric AbrahamProducer
    • Daniel GallowayCo-Producer
    • Greg KarvellasDirector
    • Saul RadomskySet Design
    • Birrie Le RouxCostume Design
    • Kieran McGregor Lighting Design
    • Wynne BredenkampDirector's Assistant

The smash hit Broadway and West end comedy.

Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play (2012), Olivier Award for Best New Play (2011) and Pulitzer Drama Prize (2011) Bruce Norris’ acclaimed black (and white) comedy Clybourne Park is set to have its South African premiere at the Fugard Theatre this year. The production will be directed by Greg Karvellas (Bad Jews). Set design is by Saul Radomsky (Shadow of the Hummingbird, Orpheus in Africa) and Costume design is by Birrie Le Roux (West Side Story, Orpheus in Africa).
 
Eric Abraham - a producer of the play on the West End - presents this Fugard Theatre production, which runs from 16 August until 1 October 2016.
 
Scathingly funny and uncomfortably honest, Bruce Norris’ hilarious script explores the fault line between race and property.
 
It’s 1959 and Russ and Bev are selling their desirable two-bedroom Chicago Bungalow in Clybourne Park which enables the first black family to move into the neighbourhood, creating ripples of discontent amongst the cosy white suburbanites of Clybourne Park.
 
Fast forward to 2009, the same property is being bought by a young white couple, Lindsey and Steve, whose plan to raze and redevelop the house stirs similar echoes of unhappiness in the now all black community.
 
The all South African cast includes Andrew Buckland (Tobacco, and the Harmful Effects Thereof);  Susan Danford (Broken Glass, Missing…); Lesoko Seabe (Siembamba); Scott Sparrow (Strangers On A Train);  Nicholas Pauling (The Pervert Laura, A Steady Rain), Pope Jerrod (Othello) and Claire-Louise Worby (Court).
 
The play has received universal praise, including “Outrageously funny and provocative. A firecracker of a play… five stars”  (Daily Telegraph, UK); “Deliciously offensive” (The Guardian, UK); “Superb, elegantly written and hilarious. A master class in comic writing and playing…” (The New Yorker); “Critic's Pick: A spiky and damningly insightful new comedy." (The New York Times); “Genius.” (The Times, UK) and, “Norris’s play nails the thorny subject of race relations with a bilious zest that takes one’s breath away.” (The Guardian, UK).
 
Clybourne Park is an inspired response to Lorraine Hansberry’s renowned play, A Raisin in the Sun, with that play’s protagonists, The Youngers, as the young black family moving to Clybourne Park.
 
Clybourne Park is a milestone play that examines our sense of otherness and issues such as the language we use with each other, gentrification, heritage and community, in an unapologetically searing but bitingly witty manner,” says Eric Abraham, (Founding Producer and Owner of the Fugard Theatre). “These are conversations that are pertinent to South Africans, and we are thrilled to be presenting the South African premiere of this Pulitzer, Tony and Olivier Award-winning play at The Fugard Theatre.”

Please note: Strong Language, recommend 14 years and older.

★★★★★ Hilarious ... splendid stuff - Cape Argus
★★★★★ - Die Burger
Highly recommended - The Cape Times
Brilliant cast ... thoroughly enjoyable - Daily Maverick
Sheer theatre brilliance - Theatre Scene Cape Town
First rate comedy - Artslink
★★★★★ The funniest play of the year - Evening Standard
★★★★★ A cracking satire - Daily Mail
★★★★★ Has the audience roaring with laughter and shaking their heads with disbelief - Daily Telegraph
★★★★★ Appallingly funny - Time Out
★★★★★ Genius, a riot - The Times
★★★★★ Hilarious ... splendid stuff - Cape Argus
★★★★★ - Die Burger
Highly recommended - The Cape Times
Brilliant cast ... thoroughly enjoyable - Daily Maverick
Sheer theatre brilliance - Theatre Scene Cape Town
First rate comedy - Artslink
★★★★★ The funniest play of the year - Evening Standard
★★★★★ A cracking satire - Daily Mail
★★★★★ Has the audience roaring with laughter and shaking their heads with disbelief - Daily Telegraph
★★★★★ Appallingly funny - Time Out
★★★★★ Genius, a riot - The Times

Coppélia

Coppélia
The Fugard Theatre
  • Duration

    158 minutes

Serge Diaghilev famously described Coppélia as “the most adorable ballet in the world, a unique pearl in the history of dancing.” Unlike most classical ballets, Coppélia is a comedy. It was designed to be charming, tender and sweet at a time when political tensions were high and signs of impending revolution filled the streets of Paris. Composer Leo Delibes, always in line with the pulse of the times, eschewed theatrical trends of irony and mockery and instead gave Parisians a ninety minute escape into a zone of total cultural peace and social stability. Coppélia was the first ballet to incorporate folk dances into the choreography and while in 1870 this might have implied a sense of futility and doom, what endures in today’s production is its carefree quality of lightness and romance.

Although Arthur Saint-Léon notated his original version of Coppélia in 1870, contemporary productions are based on Marius Petipa’s 1884 re-staging, which included many changes and additions. The result of this is a ballet that merges the complementary strengths of both choreographers. Saint-Léon was brilliant when it came to solo variations and small ensembles, in which he demonstrated both French elegance and the French sense of measure. Petipa, on the other hand, embodied the grand style of St. Petersburg - perfect form and full-blown corps de ballet compositions. Even more importantly for Coppélia, Saint-Léon was prone to theatrical playfulness while the usually cautious Petipa always strove for pure form and strict lines. The inherent tension in these two choreographers’ styles distinguishes Coppélia within the Classical canon as a ballet that is as charmingly playful as it is choreographically well conceived.

Coppelia

Coppelia
14 OCT 2018
10 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    14 Oct 2018 - 14 Oct 2018
  • Time

    10 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Cast

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

    • Ilya DemutskyMusic
    • Youri PossokhovChoreography
    • Kirill SerebrennikovLibretto

Screened as part of the 2018 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season Part 2. From the Bolshoi Ballet.

Swanhilda notices her fiancee Franz is infatuated with the beautiful Coppélia who sits reading on her balcony each day. Nearly breaking up the two sweethearts, Coppelia is not what she seems and Swanhilda decides to teach Franz a lesson…

The Bolshoi’s unique version of Coppélia exhibits a fascinating reconstruction of the original 19th century choreography of this ebullient comedy involving a feisty heroine, a boyish fiancee with a wandering eye, and an old dollmaker. The company’s stunning corps de ballet shines in the divertissements and famous  “dance of the hours,” and its principals abound in youthful energy and irresistible humor in this effervescent production.

Coriolanus

Coriolanus
13 APR 2014
11AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Time

    11AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 40 minutes
  • Cast

    • Tom HiddlestonCaius Martius Coriolanus
    • Mark GatissMenenius
    • Peter de JerseyCominius
    • Alfred EnochTitus Lartius
    • Elliot LevyBrutus
    • Helen SchlesignerSicinia
    • Hadley FraserAufidius
    • Deborah FindlayVolumnia
    • Brigitte Hjort SorensenVirgilia
    • Jacqueline BoatswainValeria, Fourth Citizen
    • Joe WillisYoung Martius
  • Creative

    • Josie RourkeDirector
    • Lucy OsborneDesigner
    • Mark HendersonLighting Designer
    • Emma LaxtonSound Designer
    • Andrzej GouldingVideo Designer
    • Michael BruceComposer
    • Jonathan WatkinsMovement
    • Richard RyanFight Director
    • Alastair Coomer CDGCasting Director
    • Vicky RichardsonChildren's Casting

Screened as part of The National Live Theatre Season 2013/2014

The Fugard Theatre will screen the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Coriolanus, Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, with Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, War Horse (film), BBC's The Hollow Crown) in the title role and Mark Gatiss (Season's Greetings at the National Theatre, BBC's Sherlock) as Menenius, directed by the Donmar's Artistic Director Josie Rourke.

When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on her hero and defender: Coriolanus. But he has enemies at home too. Famine threatens the city, the citizens’ hunger swells to an appetite for change, and on returning from the field Coriolanus must confront the march of realpolitik and the voice of an angry people.

★★★★ - Daily, Telegraph, Evening Standard, Guardian, Independent, Metro, Sunday Times, Time Out, The Times
Tom Hiddleston has blazing stellar power...magnificent. - Independent
Tom Hiddleston returns to the London stage with a compelling performance. - Evening Standard
A scorching Tom Hiddleston leads Josie Rourke’s tense, revelatory staging...a theatrical triumph. - Variety
An exciting and intense production. - Daily Telegraph
★★★★ - Daily, Telegraph, Evening Standard, Guardian, Independent, Metro, Sunday Times, Time Out, The Times
Tom Hiddleston has blazing stellar power...magnificent. - Independent
Tom Hiddleston returns to the London stage with a compelling performance. - Evening Standard
A scorching Tom Hiddleston leads Josie Rourke’s tense, revelatory staging...a theatrical triumph. - Variety
An exciting and intense production. - Daily Telegraph

Così fan tutte

Così fan tutte
R100.00
The Fugard Theatre
  • Price

    R100.00
  • Duration

    2h55m

Cosi Fan Tutte is Mozart and Da Ponte’s third opera, a witty tale of deception and trust tested to the limit - a comedy with distinctly serious elements. Can two apparently faithful couples have their affections altered by some apparently harmless deception? Jonathan Miller’s ever-popular production updates the 18th-century to today – while fashions and technology may have changed since Mozart’s time, human behaviour remains as fickle and manipulative as ever. Royal Opera favorite Thomas Allen returns in a strong cast of singers under acclaimed German conductor Thomas Hengelbrock. The title may suggest that it is the way of women to behave this way – 'such is the way they are' – but then it seems to be true of the men too. In this most sophisticated of operas with the most sublime of scores, no one escapes unscathed.

Cymbeline

Cymbeline
5 FEB 2017
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    05 Feb 2017 - 05 Feb 2017
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    3 hours
  • Cast

    • Gillian BevanCymbeline
    • Bethan CullinaneInnogen
  • Creative

    • Melly StillDirector
    • Anna FleischleDesigner

Screened as part of the 2017 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Season. From The Royal Shakespeare Company.

Filmed at Stratford-upon-Avon, this screening offers audiences a unique chance to see Shakespeare’s rarely performed tragicomic romance, a story of power, jealousy and a journey of love and reconciliation.

Cymbeline is a ruler of a divided Britain. When Innogen, the only living heir, marries her sweetheart in secret, an enraged Cymbeline banishes him. But a powerful figure behind the throne is plotting to seize power and murder them both. Innogen embarks on a dangerous journey that will reunite Cymbeline with a lost heir and reconcile the young lovers. Melly Still directs Shakespeare’s rarely performed romance.

Cymbeline, the second of what some scholars term Shakespeare’s ‘Romance’ plays (the others being Pericles, The Winter’s Tale and The Tempest), was probably written in 1609.