Gugulethu Tenors

09 Mar 2012
R100 to R130
  • Dates

    09 Mar 2012 -
  • Price

    R100 to R130

The Gugulethu Tenors, the Afro-operatic pop sensations who have been captivating audiences across South Africa and beyond with their breath taking sound and enduring story, will perform live in concert at the Fugard Theatre in District 6 for one night only on the 9 March 2012.

The Gugulethu Tenors incorporate contemporary and subtle ethnic elements in their opera inspired music, embodying the rich cultural diversity of South Afrcia.  This vocal feast offers something for everyone – from opera favourites like Nessun Dorma and contemporary classics like You Raise Me Up, to South African favourites such as Meadowlands, Pata Pata and even Liefling, as well as their own moving compositions like O Afrika! and Nyamezela.

The four Tenors, have become a household name in South Africa since the release of their self-titled debut album in 2011. Their journey to success, which started more than 10 years ago as high school learners’ with big dreams of being on stage, has been widely publicised and serves as an inspiration to many.  Today the Gugulethu Tenors - who have been described as “South Africa’s Il Divo”, “Pavarotti’s Children” and “the Diamond of the Township” – are living their dream and enchanting the concert halls and corporate stages of South Africa with their collective song.

Fast becoming one of Cape Town’s most sought-after theatre venues in Cape Town, the Fugard Theatre is delighted to host this jaw-dropping quartet in their spectacular Theatre, located in the heart of District 6, for the first time. Concert-goers can expect to be enchanted by the soothing harmonies and remarkable voices of a proudly home-grown four-piece group, who have graced the stages of SA’s top events and festivals, and have shared billing with local and international headliners.

Guillaume Tell

Guillaume Tell
9 AUG 2015
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    09 Aug 2015 - 09 Aug 2015
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    3 hours 20 minutes (excluding interval)
  • Cast

    • Enea ScalaRuodi
    • Gerald FinleyGuillaume Tell
    • Enkelejda ShkosaHedwige
    • Sofia FominaJemmy
    • John OsbornArnold Melcthal
    • Eric HalfvarsonMelcthal
    • Samuel Dale JohnsonLeuthold
    • Michael ColvinRodolphe
    • Michael LessiterA Huntsman
    • Malin ByströmMathilde
    • Alexander VinogradovWalter Furst
    • Nicolas CourjalGesler
  • Creative

    • Antonio PappanoConductor
    • Damiano MichielettoDirector
    • Paolo FantinSet Designer
    • Carla TetiCostume Designs
    • Alessandro CarlettiLighting Design

From the Royal Opera House. Screened as part of the 2014 & 2015 World Cinema Season.

Opening with what is arguably the most exciting of all operatic overtures, Rossini’s final opera helped to lay the foundations of the genre of French grand opéra that dominated European stages throughout the mid-19th century. The opera’s theme is liberty, as exemplified in the struggle against Austrian occupation led by the Swiss archer and patriot Guillaume Tell: in the opera’s most famous scene, Tell shoots an apple from his son’s head, a feat that inspires his countrymen to revolt. Rossini’s score is one of his most outstanding, and packed with glorious arias, choruses and ensembles, as those who have heard Antonio Pappano’s admired recording – which also features Gerald Finley (Tell), John Osborn (Arnold) and Malin Byström (Mathilde) – will know. The exciting young Italian director Damiano Michieletto makes his debut with what promises to be a spectacular and thought-provoking production.

Hamlet

Hamlet
22 DEC 2013
11AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    22 Dec 2013 -
  • Time

    11AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    3 hours 10 minutes
  • Cast

    • Rory KinnearHamlet
    • Ruth NeggaOphelia
    • Patrick MalahideClaudius
    • Ferdinand KingsleyRosencrantz
    • Prasanna PuwanarajahGuildenstern
    • Clare HigginsGertrude
    • David CalderPolonius / Gravedigger
    • Giles TereraHoratio
    • Alex LanipekunLaertes
  • Creative

    • Nicholas HytnerDirector
    • Vicki MortimerDesigner
    • Jon ClarkLighting Designer

Part of The National Live Theatre Season 2013/2014

National Theatre Live’s 2010 broadcast of Hamlet returns to cinemas as part of the National Theatre’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

Olivier Award-winning Rory Kinnear plays Hamlet in this dynamic production of Shakespeare’s complex and profound play about the human condition, directed by Nicholas Hytner.

Hamlet at the National Theatre

Hamlet is the only play to have been staged during the tenure of each of the National Theatre’s five Directors so far.

Fifty years ago tonight, the National’s first Hamlet was Peter O’Toole, in the Company’s inaugural production at the Old Vic, opening on 22 October 1963. Laurence Olivier, the National’s first Director staged it; Michael Redgrave was Claudius, Rosemary Harris Ophelia, and Derek Jacobi Laertes. The Court Ladies and Soldiers included Lynn Redgrave and Michael Gambon.

In 1975, the NT’s second Director, Peter Hall, chose Hamlet as one of his first productions. His Hamlet was Albert Finney, who played the part first at the Old Vic, then at the Lyttelton for the opening of the new building on the South Bank in 1976, and later in the Olivier. Gertrude was Angela Lansbury.

When Richard Eyre succeeded Peter Hall as Director, he too chose to stage Hamlet in the Olivier in 1989 as part of his first season, with Daniel Day-Lewis in the name part and Judi Dench as Gertrude. The production also visited Elsinore, and, when Daniel Day-Lewis withdrew, the lead was taken by Jeremy Northam and then Ian Charleson, who gave a moving final performance weeks before his death from Aids-related illness.

Two Hamlets from overseas were hosted by the NT: Ion Caramitru with the Bulandra Theater from Romania in 1990; and Peter Stormare in Ingmar Bergman’s production from Sweden, which visited in 1987.

In the millennium year, 2000, with the National now under the Direction of Trevor Nunn, John Caird directed Hamlet with Simon Russell Beale in the title role, opening in the Lyttelton, visiting Elsinore and touring the UK and all over the world.

Most recently, the National’s current Director, Nicholas Hytner staged the production you will see tonight, which opened in the Olivier on 7 October 2010, and was revived in the Lyttelton the following year after touring and being shown as part of NT Live, bringing the play a wider audience than any of the previous NT productions.

★★★★★ Tremendous. Rory Kinnear’s performance is superb in its resonance and intelligence. This is a Hamlet for now. - The Times
★★★★ A chilling production that demands to be seen. - Independent
★★★★ A constantly compelling, fresh-minted production with many insights and original twists… Rory Kinnear proves a Hamlet of great individuality and distinction. - Daily Telegraph
★★★★★ Tremendous. Rory Kinnear’s performance is superb in its resonance and intelligence. This is a Hamlet for now. - The Times
★★★★ A chilling production that demands to be seen. - Independent
★★★★ A constantly compelling, fresh-minted production with many insights and original twists… Rory Kinnear proves a Hamlet of great individuality and distinction. - Daily Telegraph

Heart of Redness

Heart of Redness
19 – 22 AUG 2015
WED – SAT 7:30 PM | R100 – R190
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    19 Aug 2015 - 22 Aug 2015
  • Time

    WED – SAT 7:30 PM
  • Price

    R100 – R190
  • Duration

    2 hours
  • Cast

  • Creative

    • Neo MuyangaComposer
    • Mark FleishmanDirector
    • Craig LeoDesigner
    • Jennie ReznekMovement Direction

The young cast, which includes Magnet Theatre and UCT drama graduates, and some of the young Cape Town Opera Members, have come together under the direction of Mark Fleishman to create a musical version of the Zakes Mda novel Heart of Redness.

Shortlisted for the prestigious Commonwealth Writers Prize, Heart of Redness tells a story of South African village life against the backdrop of a notorious episode from the country's past. Camugu, who left for America during apartheid, has returned to Johannesburg. Disillusioned by the problems of the new democracy, he travels to the remote Eastern Cape where, in the nineteenth century, a teenage prophetess named Nonqawuse commanded the Xhosa people to kill their cattle and burn their crops, promising that once they did so the spirits of their ancestors would rise and drive the occupying English into the ocean. The failed prophecy split the Xhosa into Believers and Unbelievers, dividing brother from brother, wife from husband, with devastating consequences. One hundred and fifty years later, the two groups' descendants are at odds over plans to build a vast casino and tourist resort in the village, and Camugu is soon drawn into their heritage and their future.

Hedda Gabler

Hedda Gabler
30 APR 2017
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    30 Apr 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 32 minutes
  • Cast

    • Ruth WilsonHedda Gabler
  • Creative

    • Henrik IbsenWriter
    • Ivo van HoveDirector
    • Patrick MarberAdaptation

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

“I’ve no talent for life.” Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free. Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel.

Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge) returns to National Theatre Live screens with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece.

Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair, Jane Eyre) plays the title role in a new version by Patrick Marber (Notes on a Scandal, Closer).

Hemelruim

Hemelruim
25 APR – 20 MAY 2017
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | R130 – R165
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    25 Apr 2017 - 20 May 2017
  • Time

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

    R130 – R165
  • Duration

    1 hour 25 minutes
  • Language

    Afrikaans with English surtitles
  • Cast

    • Paul du Toit
    • Tinarie van Wyk Loots
  • Creative

    • Nico ScheepersRegie, vertaling, ontwerp en musiek

Hemelruim (Constellations) wen in 2012 die Evening Standard-prys vir beste nuwe produksie, gevolg deur uitverkoopde speelvakke op Broadway en die West End. Dit is die beeldskone verhaal van twee siele wat mekaar keer op keer in verskeie heelalle ontmoet en verloor. Die produksie is eerlik, gestroop, floreer in die hande van die twee spelers en neem die gehoor op `n reis deur die sterre, vol liefde, wetenskap en heuning.

Hierdie beeldskone Afrikaanse verwerking wen vir Tinarie van Wyk Loots Beste Aktrise by Aardklop, die KKNK en die 2016 Fiesta Toekennings.


Following its 2012 Evening Standard Award for Best New Play, Constellations has enjoyed smash runs on Broadway and the West End. It is the beatiful story of two souls meeting again and again in multiple universes. The production is honest, raw and comes to vivid life in the hands of two incredible actors that takes the audience on a journey through the stars, filled with love, science and honey.

This beautiful Afrikaans adaptation has won Tinarie van Wyk Loots the award for Best Actress at The Aardklop National Arts Festival, the KKNK and at the kykNET Fiëstas 2016.

 

Met Engelse boskrifte | With English surtitles

Hemelruim has a recommended age restriction of 13 years or older.

★★★★★ - Die Burger
Die stuk word sterk aanbeveel. Hemelruim verdien 'n hele handvol sterre. - Litnet
Hemelruim is a world-class production that can hold its own on any theatre stage. - Theatre Scene Cape Town
Hemelruim is a deeply personal and moving piece of theatre. - Broadway World
This is a very special opportunity to experience theatre on a very deep level. - Weekend Special
Fascinating journey of life, love and loss - Cape Times
★★★★★ - Die Burger
Die stuk word sterk aanbeveel. Hemelruim verdien 'n hele handvol sterre. - Litnet
Hemelruim is a world-class production that can hold its own on any theatre stage. - Theatre Scene Cape Town
Hemelruim is a deeply personal and moving piece of theatre. - Broadway World
This is a very special opportunity to experience theatre on a very deep level. - Weekend Special
Fascinating journey of life, love and loss - Cape Times

Hong Kong Meets Cape Town

Hong Kong Meets Cape Town
19 APR 2014
8:15 PM
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Time

    8:15 PM

The meeting of two musical minds, one from Cape Town and the other from Hong Kong, both have lived, eaten and breathed the acoustic guitar from a very young age. Tony Cox and Hong Kong native Jacky Lau share a common lifestyle, both being exceptional guitar players and both deeply involved in bringing the world's greatest guitarists to the doorstep of their respective hometowns.

With a reputation as a "talented guitarist" (Benedict Cruft, Dean of Music School, HKAPA) and "the only Guitar Master of Hong Kong" (Audio Technique, Hi-fi Magazine) Jacky Lau 劉卓威 has created a successful music career of distinction. A graduate from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Jacky released his first classical guitar solo album of hymns in Hong Kong in 2007, "Amazing Guitar, Amazing Grace". He is though, like Cox, also a steel-string player with an incredibly large contemporary repertoire.

Jacky is the Director of Guitar Concept, Chairperson of Fingerstyle Guitar Hong Kong. He also conducts workshops and gives lectures in the Hong Kong International Institute of Music, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

Cape Town's acoustic guitar master, Tony Cox will treat this concert as part of his year-long Padkos Tour and will be performing and promoting the music from his Padkos album. Padkos is an album of great and well-loved South African songs and melodies all done in Cox's inimitable guitar style. His shows have sold-out venues across SA and left audiences howling for more.

This is going to be one of those shows definitely not to be missed...

I due Foscari

I due Foscari
30 NOV 2014
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    30 Nov 2014 - 30 Nov 2014
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 35 minutes
  • Cast

    • Plácido DomingoFrancesco Foscari
    • Francesco MeliJacopo Foscari
    • Maria AgrestaLucrezia Contarini
    • Maurizio MuraroJacopo Loredano
  • Creative

    • Antonio PappanoConductor
    • Thaddeus StrassbergerDirector
    • Kevin KnightSet designs
    • Mattie UllrichCostume designs

Screened as part of the 2014 & 2015 World Cinema Season

Plácido Domingo returns to give his first London performances of another major Verdi baritone role. I due Foscari is based on a play by Byron set in 15th-century Venice. The two Foscari of the title are the city’s Doge, Francesco Foscari (sung by Domingo) and his son, Jacopo (Francesco Meli), who has been brought back from exile to face charges of treason. Jacopo is innocent, but neither the pleas of Jacopo’s wife Lucrezia (Maria Agresta) nor those of his powerful father are enough to save Jacopo from condemnation by the hostile Council of Twelve. This taut, sombre drama provides the basis for one of Verdi’s most arresting early scores, not heard at the Royal Opera House since 1995 and newly presented in an acclaimed staging by the American director Thaddeus Strassberger, which had a much praised premiere in Los Angeles in 2012 and has gone on to further success in Valencia and Los Angeles.

I See You

I See You
6 – 28 MAY 2016
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | R150 – R170
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    06 May 2016 - 28 May 2016
  • Time

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

    R150 – R170
  • Duration

    1 hour 15 minutes
  • Cast

    • Jordan BakerSkinn
    • Desmond DubeButhelezi
    • Bayo GbadamosiBen
    • Austin HardimanJames
    • Sibusiso MambaMasinga
    • Lunga RadebeShabangu
    • Kim SanssoucieDJ Mavovo/Dr Pravesh
  • Creative

    • MongiwekhayaWriter
    • Noma DumezweniDirector
    • Soutra GilmourDesigner
    • Richard HowellLighting Designer
    • Giles ThomasComposer & Sound Designer
    • Luyanda SidiyaMovement Director
    • John HaidarAssistant Director
    • Zabarjad SalamVoice & Dialect Coach

It’s post-Apartheid South Africa, after dark. "Speak to me in your mother-tongue and I will let you go.’
"

Ben meets Skinn for a night out. But the party is interrupted by the police. Ben, a young student who doesn't know his own history, is accused of a crime he didn't commit. And Officer Buthelezi, a former freedom fighter, can't let it go. “I don't need your sorries white boy. Yes, you heard right. You know white people think we’re the same? We both look black. But only one of us is black.”

Hot off its premiere at The Royal Court, London and Market Theatre run, South African Mongiwekhaya’s latest play, I See You will open at the Fugard Studio Theatre on 6 May and run until 28 May.
 
Presented by Eric Abraham and The Fugard Theatre - The Royal Court (London) and Market Theatre (Johannesburg) production is based on a true story and movingly addresses the questions of a new generation of South Africans encountering their country’s traumatised past.
 
Written by writer, actor and director Mongiwekhaya (Ubu and the Truth Commission; The Feather Collector) who is a residential fellow in theatre at the Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape, the play marks the directorial debut of Olivier award winner Noma Dumezweni, who was last seen in the Fugard Theatre’s production of A Human being Died That Night (in Cape Town, Johannesburg, London and New York) and who will play Hermione Granger in the forthcoming Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London’s West End.
 
I See You features popular actor and singer Desmond Dube (The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency; Hotel Rwanda; Dube on Mondays), in the role of Buthelezi; Bayo Gbadamosi (Little Revolution; Mad about the Boy) as Ben; Jordan Baker (Eastenders) as Skinn; Lunga Radebe (Antigone: In The World; Touch my Blood) as Shabangu; Austin Hardiman (Wish; The First Man) as James and Sibusiso Mamba (SizweBanzi is Dead; Nongogo) as Masinga.
 
Design is by Soutra Gilmour, Lighting Design is by Richard Howell and Sound Design and music composed by Giles Thomas. Luyanda Sidiya is Movement Director, Zabarjad Salam is Voice and Dialect Coach and Assistant Direction is by John Haidar.
 
I See You (English) / Ngiyakubona (Zulu) / Ek Sien Jou (Afrikaans) / Ndiyakubona (Xhosa) was Mongiwekhaya’s Royal Court debut play and was presented as part of International Playwrights: A Genesis Foundation Project. It was developed during the Royal Court's new writing project in South Africa which began in 2013 and which was supported by the British Council and Connect ZA.

Mongiwekhaya is a Residential Fellow in Theatre at the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape. He is a member of PlayRiot, a collective of South African playwrights committed to telling bold, contemporary South African stories

Note: This production is not available to viewers aged 14 and younger. No entry after start of production.

 

Ida

Ida
4 FEB 2018
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    04 Feb 2018 - 04 Feb 2018
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    1 hour 22 minutes, no interval

Winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards. 

Ida, a film produced by Eric Abraham, the owner and founding producer of the Fugard Theatre, has recently won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. This is the second Academy Award for Abraham after winning the golden statuette for his film Kolya in 1996.

A black and white film directed by Paweł Pawlikowski and written by himself and Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Ida has earned Pawlikowski his first Oscar and is the first Polish foreign language film to win the coveted prize. Accepting the award, Pawlikowski thanked Abraham and all those involved in the making and success of the film, saying: “We make a film about silence and withdrawing from the world and the need for contemplation – and here we are, at the epicentre of world noise and attention. Fantastic – life is full of surprises.”

Ida stars Agata Kulesza, Dawid Ogrodnik and Agata Trzebuchowska. It is set in Poland in 1962, and is about a young woman on the verge of taking vows as a Catholic nun. Orphaned as an infant during the German occupation of World War ll, she 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. Called a "compact masterpiece" and an "eerily beautiful road movie", the film has also been said to "penetrate the darkest, thorniest thickets of Polish history, reckoning with the crimes of Stalinism and the Holocaust".

Aside from winning numerous awards in Poland, Ida was selected as Best Film of 2014 by the European Film Academy and as Best Film Not in the English Language of 2014 by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

Speaking from Los Angeles, a delighted Eric Abraham said,"...It's wonderful when the underdog triumphs. A small short black and white film in Polish about two women who go on a road trip to learn about who they are and where they come from. Ida seems to have touched people across the barriers of language and culture in over thirty countries so far and restores my faith in the appetite for films that make us think and feel about the human condition. South Africa has so many such stories waiting to be told on film".

An immaculate, miraculous masterwork - Tim Robey, The Telegraph
A quietly moving beautifully shot, slow burner of a movie - Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger, Cleveland
A lovely artfully crafted little masterpiece - Dustin Chang, Twitch Film
A hypnotic, beautiful journey into a dark past - John Thomason, Palm Beach Arts Paper
A film masterpiece - David Denby, The New Yorker
Don't miss this mesmerising new film... - Julie Bramowitz, Vogue

Il Trittico

Il Trittico
25 Feb 2012 - 26 Feb 2012
R100.00
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    25 Feb 2012 - 26 Feb 2012
  • Price

    R100.00
  • Duration

    2h 42m (Excluding a 20 min Interval)
  • Cast

  • Creative

    • Richard JonesDirector

Opera | February 25 & 26 | Screenings Start 16h00 | Sung in Italian with English Sub Titles |

This is The Royal Opera’s first complete presentation of Puccini’s Il trittico since 1965. Leading director Richard Jones staged his witty, darkly comic realization of Gianni Schicchi for The Royal Opera in 2007, and here he completes the trio. Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano will conduct. Il trittico (‘the triptych’), unveiled at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, in 1918, represented an operatic departure.

Il Trovatore

Il Trovatore
15 JAN 2017
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    15 Jan 2017 - 15 Jan 2017
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Language

    Sung in Italian
  • Cast

    • Anna NetrebkoLeonora
    • Plácido DomingoCount di Luna
    • Marie-Nicole LemieuxAzucena
    • Francesco MeliManrico
    • FerrandoRiccardo Zanellato
  • Creative

    • Giuseppe VerdiMusic
    • Salvadore CammaranoLibretto
    • Daniele GattiConductor
    • Alvis HermanisStage Director
    • Wiener PhilharmonikerOrchestra

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

Since her sensational success in La Traviata, the soprano Anna Netrebko, at the height of her popularity, returns regularly to the great festival hall of the Salzburg Festival. This time, Netrebko shines as Leonora in Giuseppe Verdi’s tragic opera Il Trovatore with Plácido Domingo as Count di Luna. The “most hotly anticipated spectacle of the Salzburg Festival” (Corriere della Sera), Il Trovatore has exceeded all expectations.

Incorruptible

Incorruptible
10 OCT 2015
8:30 PM
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    10 Oct 2015 - 10 Oct 2015
  • Time

    8:30 PM
  • Duration

    1 hour 34 minutes

Screened as part of the Tri Continental Film Festival 2015.

In the Spring of 2011, Senegal was pitched into crisis when President Abdoulaye Wade decided to change the constitution to allow for a third term. An artist-led youth movement erupted to protect one of Africa`s oldest and most stable democracies.

In a country where 70% of the population is under 30 - like much of the global South - the Y`en a Marre (Enough is Enough) movement caught fire. After 12 years of corruption and nepotism, of high food and gasoline prices, of constant power outages, and schools shuttered because of striking teachers, the constitutional crisis had become the last straw for the people of Senegal.

Engaged with other youth movements around the world, Y`en a Marre learned hard lessons from the Arab Spring, and responded to the situation in Senegal by calling for the restoration of accountable representative democracy. In a time where democracy is under siege in many parts of the world, including South Africa, Incorruptible offers a positive, hopeful example while at the same time honestly examining the sustainability of a peoples` movement, and the role that youth are taking in shaping the future of their own country. Featuring music superstar Youssou Ndour.

Ivan the Terrible

Ivan the Terrible
17 MAY 2015
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    17 May 2015 - 17 May 2015
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 15 minutes
  • Cast

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

    • Sergei ProkofievMusic
    • Yuri GrigorovichLibretto
    • Yuri GrigorovichChoreography

From the Bolshoi Ballet. Screened as part of the 2014 & 2015 World Cinema Season.

As young Ivan IV is crowned, he has to choose one of the 13 Boyar daughters to be his wife and tsarina. He selects Anastasia, and the two eventually fall deeply in love. When the Boyars plot against him and poison his beloved wife, Tsar Ivan finds himself surrounded by enemies. Haunted by dark thoughts and phantoms, he slowly sinks into madness.

Drawing on the music composed by Prokofiev for the 1944 Eisenstein film, Ivan the Terrible is a work in the true Bolshoi style. Yuri Grigorovich’s powerful and fascinating epic dramatises Ivan the Terrible’s controversial reign, and portrays events in 16th-century Russia in visually stunning scenes. His choreography, full of vigour, strength and wild jumps, also includes great grace and fragility in the female roles. Sensitive classical and powerful character dance blend to create a lyrical epic, rich in the colours of medieval Russia.

Recently revived, Ivan the Terrible is an essential part of the company’s repertoire, a 20th-century classic and a wonderful theatrical experience.