Kat & the Kings Summer Season

Kat & the Kings Summer Season
MUST CLOSE 23 MARCH!
TUE - FRI 8PM | SAT 5 & 8:30 PM | R80 - R160
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    24 Nov 2012 - 09 Mar 2013
  • Time

    TUE - FRI 8PM | SAT 5 & 8:30 PM
  • Price

    R80 - R160
  • Duration

    2 hours 20 minutes
  • Cast

    • Danny ButlerKat Diamond
    • Dean BallieYoung Kat Diamond
    • Grant PeresBingo
    • Zakariyah ToerienMagoo
    • Amy TroutLucy Dixon
    • Carlo DanielsBallie
  • Creative

    • David KramerDirector
    • Saul RadomskySet Design
    • Daniel GallowayLighting
    • Donveno PrinsBand Leader
    • Loukmaan AdamsChoreography
    • Illka LouwCostume Coordinator
    • Alistair IzobellVocal Coach
    • Inspired by the Grateful DeadSound Design

EXTENDS FOR THE FIFTH TIME!

The Fugard Theatre's production of David Kramer and Taliep Petersen`s Award-Winning West End and Broadway Smash Hit Musical Kat & the Kings continues to rock the heart of District Six! Now in its 9th month, Kat and his Cavalla Kings, along with the full live band, continue to bring you a sensational Wild Time! This quintessential South African musical will have you dancing in the aisles and is perfect for the whole family.

Set in South Africa in the 1950s, the sensational musical explores the journey of teenager Kat Diamond, who is convinced that he is the best singer and dancer in District Six. He forms the a cappella group the Cavalla Kings with his friends Ballie, Magoo, Bingo, and young Kat. The quintet, with their American doo wop and rock and roll influences becomes a sensation, graduating from street corners to "whites only" nightclubs, and a recording contract.

Kat & the Kings won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 1999.

**** Pure, undistilled joy - The Citizen
**** Kings of song and hope! - The Star
Worth seeing twice - Business Day
A smashing time - Bizcommunity
Loud, slick, exuberant fun - Sunday Times
A national treasure - yoursoapbox.co.za
**** Pure, undistilled joy - The Citizen
**** Kings of song and hope! - The Star
Worth seeing twice - Business Day
A smashing time - Bizcommunity
Loud, slick, exuberant fun - Sunday Times
A national treasure - yoursoapbox.co.za

King Kong Joburg

King Kong Joburg
12 SEP – 8 OCT 2017
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 3 & 8 PM | SUN 2 PM | R130 – R280
The Mandela Theatre (Joburg Theatre)
  • Dates

    12 Sep 2017 - 08 Oct 2017
  • Time

    TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 3 & 8 PM | SUN 2 PM
  • Price

    R130 – R280
  • Cast

    • Andile GumbiKing Kong
    • Nondumiso TembeJoyce
    • Sne DladlaPop
    • Sanda ShanduLucky
    • Lerato MvelasePetal
    • Tshamano SebeJack
    • Ntambo RapatlaMiriam
    • Sabelo RadebeCaswell, Slim
    • Joel ZumaHarry, Journalist, Reverend
    • Ben KgosimoreLeadpipe, Ensemble
    • Athenkosi MfamelaMad
    • Shalom ZamisaPolo
    • Sibusiso MxosanaTaki
    • Aphiwe MenziwaSibu
    • Siphiwe NkabindeGreb Mabisa, Sgt. Walter Ngolo, Ensemble
    • Namisa MdlaloseFemale Ensemble
    • Lungelwa MdekaziFemale Ensemble, Miriam’s Ma
    • Dolly LouwFemale Ensemble
    • Barileng MalebyeFemale Ensemble
    • Edith PlaatjiesFemale Ensemble
    • Given MkhizeMale Onstage Swing, Joe Khanyile
    • Rushney FergusonFemale Onstage Swing, Dance Captain
  • Creative

    • Todd MatshikizaOriginal Music
    • Pat WilliamsLyrics and Original First Draft Book
    • Harry BloomBook
    • Jonathan MunbyDirector
    • William NicholsonRevised Book and Additional Lyrics
    • Charl-Johan Lingenfelder
Additional Music and Arrangements
    • Gregory Maqoma
Choreography
    • Paul WillsSet Design
    • Tim Mitchell
Lighting Design
    • Birrie le RouxCostume Design
    • Charl-Johan Lingenfelder
Musical Director
    • Sipumzo Trueman LucwabaMusical Director
    • Mdu Kweyama
Associate Director
    • Mark MalherbeSound Design
    • Richard LothianFight Choreography
    • Eric AbrahamProducer
    • Daniel GallowayProducer
    • Lamees AlbertusAssociate Producer
    • Greg KarvellasAssociate Producer
    • Jack Sidey (London)Associate Producer

For more information please visit: kingkongstagemusical.com

Over half a century since the original production, the Fugard Theatre’s forthcoming, brand new production of the legendary South African musical - King Kong - is fully cast and rehearsals commence on Monday 12 June.

Eric Abraham produces and presents this Fugard Theatre production, which runs from 25 July to 2 September 2017 at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town and then at the Mandela Theatre in Johannesburg from 12 September to 8 October 2017.

King Kong – The Musical tells the story of heavyweight fifties boxing champion Ezekiel Dlamini whose self-appointed ring name was "King Kong" to the wildly exhilarating music of Todd Matshikiza.

The 1959 production of South Africa's first black musical was set in Sophiatown in Johannesburg in the late-fifties. King Kong toured South Africa, and was seen by 200,000 South Africans, playing to record-breaking and multi-racial audiences - as apartheid was being implemented -before transferring in February 1961 to London’s West End for a 200-performance run. King Kong launched the international careers of Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela among many others.

“We are thrilled that this long awaited production of this iconic and first South African musical of King Kong, is a Fugard Theatre production which will showcase the very best of South African talent,” says Daniel Galloway the Executive Director of the Fugard Theatre. “The original production united audiences of all colours, launched careers and put South African talent firmly on the international map. We are excited to be re-creating the world of the "Back of the Moon" shebeen with an all South African cast and superb creative team. While remaining true to the original production our Fugard Theatre King Kong will refresh the musical for the 21st Century".

The Fugard Theatre’s King Kong is directed by Jonathan Munby who directed the Fugard Theatre's production of A Human Being Died That Night with Noma Dumezweni (the only double Olivier award-winning Southern African actor) amongst many other international productions. Following King Kong Munby directs Sir Ian McKellen in Shakespeare's King Lear for the Chichester Festival in the UK.

The revised book (with additional lyrics) is by Academy award nominated screenwriter and playwright William Nicholson (Shadowlands, Gladiator, Les Miserables, Sarafina, Long Walk to Freedom). South African choreographer star and recent French Legion D’Honneur recipient Gregory Maqoma will choreograph King Kong to the irresistible original music of the late great South African composer Todd Matshikiza.

The Fugard Theatre’s production sees musical direction by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder (West Side Story, Funny Girl, Cabaret) and Sipumzo Lucwaba with arrangements and additional music by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder.

Set design is by Paul Wills (A Human Being Died that Night, Royal Shakespeare Company's Hamlet, West End - Wyndham's Theatre - David Mamet's American Buffalo); Costume design by Birrie le Roux (West Side Story, Orpheus in Africa, District Six: Kanala); Lighting Design by Tim Mitchell (A Human Being Died That Night; Royal Shakespeare Company's King Lear with Antony Sher - Associate artist RSC/Chichester Festival Theatre) and Sound Design by Mark Malherbe (West Side Story, Funny Girl). The associate director is Mdu Kweyama.

Cast in the title role of King Kong is South African star - actor, singer and dancer Andile Gumbi. Gumbi made his Broadway debut as Simba in Disney’s The Lion King and has starred in productions of this musical in London, Sydney, Melbourne, Shanghai and South Africa. Gumbi, who was voted by The Sowetan as one of Mzansi's Sexiest Top 12 celebs in 2015, is the character Zweli in the Mzansi Magic soap opera isiBaya, which was voted most popular TV soap at the 2017 SAFTA Awards.

Multiple award-winning actress and singer-songwriter Nondumiso Tembe will be recreating the role of Joyce, which propelled Miriam Makeba to international fame in the original production of King Kong. Tembe's extensive list of credits include HBO’s Golden Globe and Emmy-award winning True Blood, SABC’s Generations, the military drama SIX on the History Channel and Zulu Wedding opposite Darrin Dewitt Henson. She won the Best Actress in a Supporting Role Naledi Theatre Award in 2014 for her portrayal of Susan in David Mamet’s RACE, which toured South Africa, and to the Edinburgh Festival. Her debut album Izwi Lami - My Voice received much acclaim including a Metro FM Music Award for Best Music Video.

The Fugard Theatre's King Kong cast includes: Sanda Shandu as Lucky(Orpheus in Africa); Tshamano Sebe as Jack (Athol Fugard's Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek; Master Harold and the Boys; Noem my Skollie); Ntambo Rapatla as Miriam (Menopause the Musical); Sne Dladla as Pop (District Six: Kanala; Orpheus in Africa; Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek); Lerato Mvelase as Petal (Isibaya; Play Me) and Sabelo Radebe as Caswell (West Side Story; Peter Pan) .

Also performing with the ensemble are Joel Zuma (Sophiatown; Kwela Bafana - The Musical); Ben Kgosimore (The Adventures of Oliver Twist; 'I, Oedipus'; Singular Sensation); Athenkozi Mfamela (In The City of Paradise; Bash or Be Bashed); Shalom Zamisa (Voices of Hope; Sarafina); Sibusiso Mxosana (West Side Story; Funny Girl; A Spartacus of Africa); Aphiwe Menziwa (Passage; Inexba Lomphillisi); Namisa Mdlalose (Rent); Siphiwe Nkabinde (Exit/Exist; Music in the Air); Lungelwa Mdekazi (African Angels; Phantom of the Opera); Dolly Louw (Peter Pan; The Boys in the Photograph); Barileng Malibye (Sophiatown; Making Mandela; Dogma; Emotional Creature); Edith Plaatjies (District Six: Kanala; Orpheus in Africa; Blood Brothers); Rushney Ferguson (District Six: Kanala) and Given Mkhize (Sacredspace; In The End is My Beginning).

A live 9-piece band, under the direction of Sipumzo Lucwaba, will accompany the action at every performance.

Born in Vryheid in the then Orange Free State, Ezekiel Dlamini himself became and unwitting symbol for freedom and the wasted power of his people under apartheid. After a meteoric boxing rise Dlamini's life degenerated into drunkenness and gang violence. In 1957Dlamini was to be a classic Greek tragic figure when, in a fit of jealousy, he killed his girlfriend and at his trial asked for the death sentence to serve as a warning to others. Instead, the white judge, refusing to take instruction from a black defendant, sentenced Dlamini to twelve years hard labour. Three months later King Kong was found drowned in a dam on a prison farm. At 36 years old King Kong had taken his destiny into his own hands and, inadvertently, become a legend.

The original production featured music by Todd Matshikiza, lyrics and original book by Pat Williams and book by Harry Bloom. Songs such as Back of the Moon, King Kong and Sad Times, Bad Times, have become popular South African favourites and are firmly entrenched in this country’s musical history. Sales of the original recording achieved unprecedented numbers, with reviews such as “This for my money is the record of the year” (Rand Daily Mail) and ‘Five stars!” (Drum). The cast recording was the first release of an all black production in South Africa and unusual in that the libretti was included with the LP, which normally only happens with opera recordings.Arthur Goldreich designed the sets for the original production with original musical direction by Stanley Glasser.

Some of the extensive rave reviews the original production for King Kong in 1959:
"...  a big event in theatrical history." Time Magazine (March 03, 1961)
"...  King Kong triumphs by its bursting, smoking glowing life". Daily Express
" … the greatest thrill in 20 years of South African theatre-going"The Star
“ … Magnificent…spectacular… a resounding success” Rand Daily Mail
“ … the theatrical sensation of the (Union of) South Africa” The New York Times
“ … the audience was mixed…and for a short time at least, they held the laws of apartheid was suspended with their applause” The Central African Examiner
“ … tears of exultation as I feel that a new era in Non-White entertainment has been born with the production of King Kong.. I became breathless with the splendor of the production…´ Golden City Post
“ … there is inspiration here that must mean the beginning of a colourful vigorous theatre in South Africa” Sunday Tribune
“ … excellent… I must applaud Todd Matshikiza” Cape Argus

The UK's Portobello Books publishes King Kong lyricist and original book writer Pat Williams' personal memoir of the original musical – Our Knot of Time and Music – to coincide with the Fugard's production. "An extraordinary memoir of the first ever South African musical, which has since acquired mythical proportions. Essential reading for anyone who loves our country - and, of course, its music” Athol Fugard. The book will be available at the Fugard during the run of the show.

King Kong will run at the Fugard Theatre from 25 July until 2 September 2017 before transferring to the Mandela Theatre in Johannesburg from 12 September until 8 October 2017.

 

★★★★★ King Kong enchants - Die Burger
★★★★★ A knockout success - City Press
★★★★ An electric, riveting and astounding reinvention ... This triumphant production enchants and uplifts. - Cape Argus
Gregory Maqoma’s choreography is simply magnificent - Daily Maverick
A knockout ... a tribute to South Africa’s performance arts legacy - Whats On In Cape Town
Beautifully staged, impeccably performed piece of work, bubbling with vitality and sparkling with talent - Weekend Special
King Kong is a theatrical treat, and something to treasure and celebrate - Theatre Scene Cape Town
★★★★★ King Kong enchants - Die Burger
★★★★★ A knockout success - City Press
★★★★ An electric, riveting and astounding reinvention ... This triumphant production enchants and uplifts. - Cape Argus
Gregory Maqoma’s choreography is simply magnificent - Daily Maverick
A knockout ... a tribute to South Africa’s performance arts legacy - Whats On In Cape Town
Beautifully staged, impeccably performed piece of work, bubbling with vitality and sparkling with talent - Weekend Special
King Kong is a theatrical treat, and something to treasure and celebrate - Theatre Scene Cape Town

King Lear

King Lear
12 FEB 2017
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    12 Feb 2017 - 12 Feb 2017
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 55 minutes
  • Language

    English
  • Cast

    • Antony SherKing Lear
    • Natalie SimpsonCordelia
    • Nia GwynneGoneril
    • Kelly WilliamsRegan
  • Creative

    • Gregory DoranDirector

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

Following his performance as Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s great 20th century American tragedy Death of a Salesman, Antony Sher returns to play King Lear, one of the greatest parts written by Shakespeare.

King Lear has ruled for many years. As age begins to overtake him, he decides to divide his kingdom amongst his children, living out his days without the burden of power. A proud man, he allows vanity to cloud his judgment, believing that he can relinquish the crown, but enjoy the same authority and respect he has always known. Misjudging his children’s loyalty he soon finds himself stripped of all the trappings of state, wealth and power he had taken for granted. Alone in the wilderness he is left to confront the mistakes of a life that has brought him to this point.

Klaasvakie

Klaasvakie
24 Oct 2011 - 05 Nov 2011
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    24 Oct 2011 - 05 Nov 2011
  • Cast

  • Creative

    • Marthinus BassonRegie en ontwerp
    • Hugo Theart vir TEATERteaterVervaardiger
    • Poksie PienaarVerhoogbestuurder

Die gevierde aktrises, Wilna Snyman en Antoinette Kellermann, was te sien as bejaarde vroue in ’n ouetehuis wat hulle tyd verwyl in bittere en bitsige kompetisie. Maar bowenal probeer hulle die spoke van hul verlede te verdryf: Julienne wat as kind verkrag is, en wat as kind ’n kind moes baar en die welgestelde Albertine se verbysterende opgang te danke aan haar vader se betrokkenheid by ’n politieke skandaal. Die jong Vlaamse dramaturg, Laurens de Vos,  ontgin hoe hierdie twee lewens kruis onder die dreigende aanslag van die verlies aan geheue.

Klaasvakie (De Zandman) se wêreldpremière was by die Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees op Oudsthoorn ter viering van die aktrise Wilna Snyman se lewenslange bydrae tot die kunste in Suid-Afrika.

"The chemistry between Snyman and Kellerman is electrifying" - Daniel Dercksen, The Writing Studio
"A masterclass in nuanced acting." - Jana van Heerden, Artslink
"DENSE, layered and filled with spite...The joy of the play lies in the women’s characterisation" - Theresa Smith, TONIGHT
"Die betowering van die teater word volledig in hierdie stuk vergestalt" **** - Mariana Malan, Die Burger
"This production certainly does justice to a quiet, but intense play." - Tyrone August, Cape Times
“Klaasvakie is extraordinary!” - Volksblad
“Wilna Snyman is brilliant!” - Diane de Beer, Pretoria News

Kolya

Kolya
11 OCT 2015
1 PM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    11 Oct 2015 - 11 Oct 2015
  • Time

    1 PM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    1 hour 45 minutes
  • Language

    Czech, Slovak and Russian
  • Cast

    • Zdeněk SvěrákLouka
    • Andrey KhalimonKolya
    • Libuše ŠafránkováKlára
    • Ondřej VetchýMr. Brož
    • Stella ZázvorkováLouka's mother
  • Creative

    • Eric AbrahamProducer
    • Jan SvěrákProducer
    • Jan SvěrákDirector
    • Zdeněk SvěrákWriter

Winner of the 1996 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
Screened as part of the 2015 & 2016 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Season.

Directed by Jan Sverak, Kolya is the story of Louka, a middle-aged Czech cellist, a skirt-chasing bachelor who enjoys a lifestyle free of responsibilities. When he finds himself strapped for cash, he agrees to a marriage of convenience. But after his new bride skips town, Louka is left to father her five-year-old Russian son, Kolya. Neither could be more unhappy with their predicament, especially since they don`t even speak the same language. It`ll take time and patience for the cultural barrier between this unlikely father-son duo to fall, but when it does, an unbreakable bond forms in its place.

Kristalvlakte

Kristalvlakte
29 APR – 07 MAY 2016
TUE – SAT 8 PM | SUN 3 PM | R60 – R110
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    29 Apr 2016 - 07 May 2016
  • Time

    TUE – SAT 8 PM | SUN 3 PM
  • Price

    R60 – R110
  • Duration

    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Language

    Afrikaans
  • Cast

    • Ilse Klink
    • Brendon Daniels
    • Royston Stoffels
    • Dean Smith
    • Bianca Flanders
    • Tarryn Wyngaard
    • Riaan Visman
    • Daniel Richards
    • Gantane Kusch
    • Ruben Engel
    • Antonio Fischer
  • Creative

    • Amy JephtaTeks
    • Mari BorstlapRegisseur
    • Ira BlanckenbergAssistent Regisseur
    • Rocco PoolOntwerp
    • Kieran McGregorBeligtingsontwerp

Deel van die 2016 Suidoosterfees. Besoek suidoostefees.co.za vir meer inligting.

Uit die flenters van oorloë smous Priscilla vir haar en haar familie ʼn lewe aanmekaar. Die gemeenskap bloei op die snypunt van politieke ordes, bende-base en godsdiensleiers. Soms is daar eilandjies vrede, soos in enige goeie oorlog. Maar oorlog is soos liefde: dit sal ʼn manier vind. En solank die bloeddruk klop, sal Priscilla se smokkelhandel oorleef, in die agterstraatjies van die geskiedenis.

Amy Jephta se epiese teaterstuk vertel die verhaal van ʼn gemeenskap, ʼn verhaal veel groter as dié van individuele karakters. Hierdie herwerking van Bertholt Brecht se Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder bied geen eenvoudige antwoorde nie, maar vlek ʼn sosiale werklikheid oop tot op die been.

L'elisir d'amore

L'elisir d'amore
4 JAN 2015
11 AM | R100
  • Dates

    04 Jan 2015 - 04 Jan 2015
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 25 minutes
  • Language

    Sung in Italian
  • Cast

    • Vittorio GrigoloNemorino
    • Lucy CroweAdina
    • Bryn TerfelDulcamara
    • Levente MolnárBelcore
  • Creative

    • Daniele RustioniConductor
    • Laurent PellyDirector and costume designs
    • Chantal ThomasSet designs
    • Joël AdamLighting design

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

Donizetti’s romantic comedy of rural life shines brilliantly in Laurent Pelly’s hilarious staging, which matches the piece’s perfect blend of sentiment and tomfoolery. Italian conductor and former Jette Parker Young Artist Daniele Rustioni conducts a starry cast. Lucy Crowe takes the dazzling soprano lead as Adina, the most sophisticated woman in the village, loved from afar by Vittorio Grigolo’s handsome but shy Nemorino. Nemorino meets a worrying rival in Levente Molnár’s braggart Sergeant Belcore, until the love potion sold to him by Bryn Terfel’s larger-than-life travelling quack, Dr Dulcamara, gives him a powerful dose of courage – with both comic and touching results.

La Bayadere

La Bayadere
24 Feb 2013
4PM | R50 - R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    24 Feb 2013 -
  • Time

    4PM
  • Price

    R50 - R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 10 minutes (excluding one interval)
  • Cast

    • Svetlana ZakharovaNikia
    • Alexei LoparevichDugmanta, Rajah
    • Maria AlexandrovaGamzatti
    • Vladislav LantratovSolor
    • Andrei SitnikovThe High Brahmin
    • Anastasia VinokurAya
  • Creative

    • Ludwig MinkusMusic
    • Pavel SorokinConductor
    • Marius Petipa, Sergei KhudekovLibretto
    • Marius PetipaChoreography
    • Yuri GrigorovichNew Scenic Version

La Bayadère (“The Temple Dancer”) tells the story of impossible love between the dancer Nikiya and the warrior Solor, set against the backdrop of lush, exotic India. Marius Petipa’s choreography, here in a new scenic version by Yuri Grigorovich, is exquisite; especially noteworthy is the scene known as The Kingdom of the Shades, one of the most celebrated excerpts in ballet, and one of the first examples of “abstract ballet.”

La bohème

La bohème
12 JUL 2015
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    12 Jul 2015 - 12 Jul 2015
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 30 minutes
  • Language

    Sung in Italian
  • Cast

    • Anna NetrebkoMimì
    • Lucas MeachemMarcello
    • Joseph CallejaRodolfo
    • Jennifer RowleyMusetta
  • Creative

    • Dan EttingerConductor
    • Julia Trevelyan OmanDesigns
    • John CopleyDirector
    • John CharltonLighting design

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

The most popular opera of all returns in one of The Royal Opera’s best loved stagings, regularly revived since its opening night in 1974 – and now being seen for the very last time. John Copley’s keen stagecraft and loving attention to period and dramatic detail make his production a masterpiece of realism, while Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs evoke the atmosphere of 19th-century Paris. Several of today’s greatest opera stars return to bid farewell to this sublime staging, notably Anna Netrebko as Mimì, and Joseph Calleja as her lover, Rodolfo. Israeli conductor Dan Ettinger conducts one of Puccini’s most emotional and melodious scores, in a revival that promises to go down in Royal Opera history.

La traviata

La traviata
22 MAY 2016
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    22 May 2016 - 22 May 2016
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    3 hours
  • Language

    Sung in Italian
  • Cast

    • Venera GimadievaVioletta Valery
    • Saimir PirguAlfredo Germont
    • Luca SalsiGiorgio Germont
    • Andrea HillFlora Bervoix
    • Luis GomesGastone de Letorières
    • Sarah PringAnnina
    • Yuriy YurchukBaron Douphol
  • Creative

    • Giuseppe VerdiMusic
    • Yves AbelConductor
    • Richard EyreDirector

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

La traviata is regarded as one of Verdi’s finest operas, and Richard Eyre’s traditional staging, is one of The Royal Opera’s most popular productions. The opera tells the story of the Parisian courtesan Violetta Valéry, one of opera’s greatest heroines, based on the real-life courtesan Marie Duplessis, who died in 1847 aged just 23. In this revival, Violetta is sung by Russian soprano Venera Gimadieva in her debut with The Royal Opera, following her successful appearance as Violetta at the Glyndebourne Festival.

Le Corsaire

Le Corsaire
15 DEC 2013
11AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    15 Dec 2013 -
  • Time

    11AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 37 minutes
  • Cast

    • Svetlana LunkinaMedora
    • Ruslan SkvortsovConrad
    • Andrei MerkurievBirbanto
    • Nina KaptsovaGulnare
    • Anastasia StashkevitchPas d'esclave
    • Vyacheslav LopatinPas d'esclave
  • Creative

    • Adolphe AdamMusic
    • Marius PetipaChoreography
    • Boris KaminskyDesigner
    • Yelena ZaitsevaCostume Designer

Part of The World Opera & Ballet Season 2013/2014

With a dashing pirate, a kidnapped maiden, and a dramatic shipwreck, Le Corsaire is a ballet that “bursts with dazzling ingredients” (The Washington Post). In this new staging from Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet, famed choreographer Alexei Ratmansky and Yuri Burlaka refresh Petipa’s original choreography, inspired by Lord Byron’s poem, to make this classic a must-see for every ballet lover. Starring prima ballerina Svetlana Lunkina, Ruslan Skvortsov, Andrei Merkuriev and Nina Kaptsova.

Le nozze di Figaro

Le nozze di Figaro
13 DEC 2015
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    13 Dec 2015 - 13 Dec 2015
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    3 hours
  • Language

    Sung in Italian
  • Cast

    • Erwin SchrottFigaro
    • Anita HartigSusanna
    • Stéphane DegoutCount Almaviva
    • Kate LindseyCherubino
    • Krystian AdamDon Basilio
    • Ellie DehnCountess Almaviva
    • Carlo LeporeBartolo
    • Louise WinterMarcellina
  • Creative

    • David McVicarDirector
    • Ivor BoltonConductor

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

Often considered a perfect opera, Le nozze di Figaro represents Mozart’s genius at its most lively and delightful. Based on a play that was originally banned for its political content, the fast-moving libretto creates realistic characters made even more human by Mozart’s outstanding music. David McVicar’s popular staging of this comedy returns in the hands of the leading British conductor Ivor Bolton. The cast is led by the star bass Erwin Schrott, who has sung the role to great acclaim at Covent Garden before, partnered with star Romanian soprano Anita Hartig in the role of Susanna.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Les Liaisons Dangereuses
10 APR 2016
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    10 Apr 2016 - 10 Apr 2016
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 45 minutes
  • Cast

    • Janet McTeerLa Marquise de Merteuil
    • Morfydd ClarkCécile Volanges
    • Adjoa AndohMadame de Volanges
    • Dominic WestLe Vicomte de Valmont
    • Theo Barklem-biggsAzolan
    • Una StubbsMadame de Rosemonde
    • Elaine CassidyMadame de Tourvel
    • Jennifer SaayengÉmilie
    • Edward HolcroftLe Chevalier Danceny
    • Thom PettyMajor-domo
    • Alison ArnoppJulie
  • Creative

    • Josie RourkeDirector
    • Tom ScuttDesigner
    • Tom ScuttLighting Designer
    • Carolyn DowningSound Designer
    • Michael Bruce Composer
    • Richard RyanFight Director
    • Arthur PitaMovement Director
    • Alastair CoomerCasting Director

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

Directed by Josie Rourke (Coriolanus), the cast includes Elaine Cassidy (The Paradise), Janet McTeer (The Honourable Woman) and Dominic West (The Wire).

In 1782, Choderlos de Laclos’ novel of sex, intrigue and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France scandalised the world. Two hundred years later, Christopher Hampton's irresistible adaptation swept the board, winning the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Play. Josie Rourke’s revival now marks the play’s thirty year anniversary.

Former lovers, the Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont now compete in games of seduction and revenge. Merteuil incites Valmont to corrupt the innocent Cecile de Volanges before her wedding night but Valmont has targeted the peerlessly virtuous and beautiful Madame de Tourvel. While these merciless aristocrats toy with others’ hearts and reputations, their own may prove more fragile than they supposed.

★★★★★ Theatre at its most seductive. Dominic West proves superb, Janet McTeer makes a triumphant return to the West End. - Evening Standard
★★★★ Heady and intoxicating. A brilliantly revived adaptation - Daily Telegraph
★★★★ An evening to richly savour - Guardian
★★★★ West is great as Valmont, a booming, lusty bounder…McTeer is sensational as Merteuil - Time Out
★★★★ One of the best stage adaptations ever written - Observer
★★★★★ Theatre at its most seductive. Dominic West proves superb, Janet McTeer makes a triumphant return to the West End. - Evening Standard
★★★★ Heady and intoxicating. A brilliantly revived adaptation - Daily Telegraph
★★★★ An evening to richly savour - Guardian
★★★★ West is great as Valmont, a booming, lusty bounder…McTeer is sensational as Merteuil - Time Out
★★★★ One of the best stage adaptations ever written - Observer

Les Vêpres Siciliennes

Les Vêpres Siciliennes
8 DEC 2013
11AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    08 Dec 2013 -
  • Time

    11AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    3 hours 5 minutes
  • Cast

    • Marina PoplavskayaHélène
    • Michael VolleGuy de MontfortMichael Volle
    • Bryan HymelHenri
    • Jean TeitgenLe Sire de Béthune
    • Erwin SchrottJean Procida
  • Creative

    • Antonio PappanoConductor
    • Stefan HerheimDirector
    • Philipp FürhoferSet designs

Part of The World Opera & Ballet Season 2013/2014

Les Vêpres Siciliennes is one of Verdi’s lesser-known mature operas, but was vital to his development as a composer. It was created for the Paris Opéra in 1855, providing Verdi with an opportunity to embrace the elaborate style and traditions of French grand opera. The story is set to impassioned and dramatic music, rich in showpiece arias and ensembles and with striking choruses.

Stefan Herheim brings Verdi’s tale of revenge, family relations and patriotism to Covent Garden for the first time. His imaginative production draws parallels between the opera and the opera house for which it was written, including a spectacular re-creation of the Paris Opéra itself. Musically, the work contains impressive choruses, passionate duets and some wonderful showpiece arias for the principal singers. Particular highlights include Procida’s aria on returning to Sicily ‘Et toi, Palerme’, the Act IV duet ‘De courroux et d’effroi’ in which Hélène expresses her sympathy for Henri’s dilemma and Hélène’s brilliant Act V boléro, ‘Merci, jeunes amis’.

London Road

London Road
22 Nov 2011 - 17 Dec 2011
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    22 Nov 2011 - 17 Dec 2011

On the surface the two characters, Stella and Rosa Kaplowitz, have nothing in common. Stella is a young Nigerian woman living in a damp, converted storage room. Long distant family, dodgy gangsters and a sense of survival makes her very mistrusting of the gestures of strangers. Rosa is an elderly Jewish widow living in a flat on the fifth floor. Her children and grandchildren live in Australia and Israel so she keeps herself occupied by becoming very involved in the business of her neighborhood. An act of violence brings these two ladies together, and a beautiful friendship results.

With London Road Lara Bye brings her trademark attention to detail, intelligent sophistication, a unique theatre style and staging to the production. Bye’s other recent projects have included The Flying Dutchman at the Suidoosterfees and ‘night, Mother for this year’s Main Programme at the National Arts Festival, again working with London Road designer Craig Leo and lighting designer Faheem Bardien. Sound design by Braam Du Toit.

“Memorable, mesmerising, magnificent” - Citizen
“a treasure…. a warm, witty and wise drama” - Business Day
“a very special piece of theatre” - thedailymaverick.co.za
"...feels like a little miracle." - The Next 48 Hours
“….simply brilliant... radiates beauty and empathy." - Sunday Independent
“The humour is gentle, the drama and pathos understated … brought to life by two formidable stage talents …” - Sunday Times
“A beautifully written script performed magnificently by two very talented women and directed with such beautiful eloquence. This play raises the bar on new South African writing for theatre.” - Ismail Mahomed, National Arts Festival Director
"...awash with lingering powerful images." - Cape Times
“Go to London Road. It’s worth the journey.” - Cape Argus
“Die 36-jarige Scott in die rol van die bejaarde Rosa Kaplowitz is verbysterend… Makhutshi is pragtig en het ‘n sterk teenwoordigheid op die verhoog.” - Die Burger
“…..Spagnoletti has both a good ear for dialogue and a camp sense of humour…This is indeed promising new work.” - Mail and Guardian
“…… an absolute master class in movement and breath….” - www.writingstudio.co.za
“I cannot think of a single reason why anyone in Cape Town shouldn’t see this play.” - www.meganshead.co.za
“London Road is quite simply not to be missed.” - www.yoursoapbox.co.za
“…the visual prompts are so effective one hardly needs imagination….” - Artslink
“London Road is a compassionate vignette with many laugh-out-loud moments and well worth an evening out.” - False Bay Echo
“……London Road will definitely leave you with a warm appreciation for one’s friendships and the joys of sharing.” - www.bizcommunity.com