The 2017 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season

The 2017 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season
FROM 4 JAN 2017
SUNDAYS 11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    04 Jan 2017 -
  • Time

  • Price

For the sixth consecutive year the Fugard Theatre Bioscope is bringing audiences the very best in recorded live screenings featuring the finest productions in theatre, opera and ballet, from the world’s most famous stages.
After five successful seasons featuring titles from The National Theatre, The Royal Opera House, The Royal Ballet and The Bolshoi Ballet, the Fugard Theatre Bioscope is proud to announce additional partnerships with The Globe Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Salzburg Festival growing the slate of world-class titles and giving audiences a wider variety of productions to choose from.
Screenings are presented in full digital high-definition and surround-sound in the comfort of the Fugard Theatre.
Download a copy of our 2017 season brochure, with information on each screening, here.

2017 Schedule


JAN 2017

8 January 2017
 The National Theatre

15 January 2017

The Salzburg Festival Opera
22 January 2017
The Bolshoi Ballet
29 January 2017
The National Theatre
5 February 2017
The Royal Shakespeare Company
12 February 2017
The Royal Shakespeare Company
26 February 2017
The Bolshoi Ballet
5 March 2017
The Salzburg Festival Opera
12 March 2017
The Bolshoi Ballet
19 March 2017
The National Theatre
26 March 2017
The Bolshoi Ballet
23 April 2017
The Royal Opera House
30 April 2017
The National Theatre
7 May 2017
The Bolshoi Ballet
14 May 2017
The National Theatre
21 May 2017
The Bolshoi Ballet
28 May 2017
The Royal Ballet
4 June 2017
The Royal Ballet
11 June 2017
The Globe Theatre
18 June 2017
The National Theatre
25 June 2017
The Royal Ballet
2 July 2017
The Globe Theatre
9 July 2017
The Salzburg Festival Opera
6 August 2017
The Globe Theatre
13 August 2017
 The Royal Opera House

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

The Fugard Theatre Bioscope screenings have proven very popular amongst the Fugard Theatre audiences with record attendances since the first season in 2011 and continued growing support.

King Kong

King Kong
25 JUL – 2 SEP 2017
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | R130 – R280
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    25 Jul 2017 - 02 Sep 2017
  • Time

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

    R130 – R280
  • Cast

  • Creative

    • Eric AbrahamProducer
    • Daniel GallowayCo-Producer
    • Jonathan MunbyDirector
    • Harry BloomBook
    • Todd MatshikizaOriginal Music
    • Pat WilliamsOriginal Book and Lyrics
    • William NicholsonRevised Book and Additional Lyrics
    • Mdu Kweyama
Associate Director
    • Sipumzo LucwabaMusical Director
    • Charl-Johan Lingenfelder
Musical Director
    • Gregory Maqoma
    • Birrie le RouxCostume Design
    • Tim Mitchell
Lighting Design
    • Paul WillsSet Design

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Eric Abraham presents a Fugard Theatre production of the legendary South African musical King Kong!

King Kong is a landmark, 1959, South African jazz-influenced musical, billed at the time as an "all African jazz opera". Opening in Johannesburg on 2 February 1959 at Witwatersrand University Great Hall, the musical was an immediate success, with The Star newspaper calling it "the greatest thrill in 20 years of South African theatre-going". It "swept South Africa like a storm", touring the country for two years and playing to record-breaking multi-racial audiences, before being booked for a London production in 1961, by which time it had been seen by some 200,000 South Africans. The music and some of the lyrics were written by Todd Matshikiza. The lyrics were by Pat Willams and the book by Harry Bloom.
The musical portrays the life and times of a heavyweight boxer, Ezekiel Dlamini, known as "King Kong". Born in 1921, after a meteoric boxing rise, his life degenerated into drunkenness and gang violence. He knifed his girlfriend, asked for the death sentence during his trial and instead was sentenced to 14 years hard labour. He was found drowned in 1957 and it was believed his death was suicide. He was 36.
After being a hit in South Africa in 1959, the musical played at the Prince's Theatre in the West End of London in 1961. King Kong launched the international career of Miriam Makeba, who played the shebeen queen of the Back of the Moon, a shebeen of the time in Sophiatown. The male lead was Nathan Mdledle of the Manhattan Brothers.
Others in the cast were Hugh Masekela, Abdullah Ibrahim, Kippie Moeketsi and Thandi Klaasen, all of whom went on to have successful careers. The London cast featured Nathan Mdlele and Peggy Phango, with Joseph Mogotsi, Ben Masinga, Stephen Moloi, Sophie Mgcina, Patience Gowabe and former Miss South Africa 1955 Hazel Futa. Patience and Hazel later became The Velvettes, the backing vocal singers for Cyril Davies All Stars band and performed backing vocals on the Joe Meek produced single "She's Fallen In Love With The Monster Man" by Screaming Lord Sutch and the Savages in 1964.

The Eulogists

The Eulogists
30 MAY – 17 JUN 2017
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | R120 – R160
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    30 May 2017 - 17 Jun 2017
  • Time

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

    R120 – R160
  • Duration

    1 hour
  • Cast

    • Emily ChildAudrey
    • Pierre MalherbeHarris
    • Kiroshan NaidooZee
  • Creative

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Age restriction: 16 (language)

West Side Story

West Side Story
FROM 7 MAR 2018
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | SUN 2 & 6 PM
Artscape Opera House
  • Dates

    07 Mar 2018 -
  • Time

    TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | SUN 2 & 6 PM
  • Duration

    2 hours 30 mins
  • Cast

  • Creative

    • Matthew WildDirector
    • Charl-Johan LingenfelderMusical Director and Conductor
    • Louisa TalbotChoreography
    • Conor MurphySet Design
    • Joshua CuttsLighting Design
    • Birrie Le RouxCostume Design
    • Mark MalherbeSound Design

West Side Story returns to Cape Town in 2018! Bookings now open.

After receiving rave reviews across the board from critics and audiences alike, Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre’s smash hit production of West Side Story will return to Cape Town at the Artscape Opera House in 2018.





★★★★★ Flawless - City Press
★★★★★ Magic “West Side” slays the genre for SA - The Star Tonight
★★★★ A SA success story - The Cape Argus
★★★★ - Die Burger
Sets new standards for local grand-scale musicals - Die Beeld
It’s up there among the best theatre experiences in this city, of the decade - What's on in Joburg
A theatrical masterpiece - Stage and Screen
West Side Story is as good as musicals get - The Next 48 Hours
...raises the bar for musical theatre internationally. - Bizcommunity
…every bit as brilliant as any international production, if not better. - Daily Maverick
Whimsical, breathtaking, visually explosive … an overwhelming, heart-thudding theatrical performance you simply have to experience. - Theatre Scene CPT
The Fugard Theatre's production of West Side Story is a tour-de-force - LitNet
West Side Story has to be the hottest ticket in town. It sizzles. - Artslink

Shakespeare in Love

Shakespeare in Love
FROM 10 OCT 2017
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | R130 – R320
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    10 Oct 2017 - 25 Nov 2017
  • Time

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

    R130 – R320
  • Duration

    2 hours 30 minutes
  • Language

  • Cast

  • Creative

    • Marc NormanWriter, Original Screenplay
    • Tom StoppardWriter, Original Screenplay
    • Lee HallWriter, Stage adaptation
    • Paddy CunneenMusic
    • Greg KarvellasDirector

Written by Lee Hall, adapated from the brilliant, world famous screenplay by Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman - and following a sensational smash hit season on the West End - a brand new, all South African production of Shakespeare in Love is set for the Fugard Theatre in October 2017!

Young Will Shakespeare has writer's block... the deadline for his new play is fast approaching but he's in desperate need of inspiration. That is until he finds his muse - Viola. This beautiful young woman is Will's greatest admirer and will stop at nothing (including breaking the law) to appear in his next play. Against a bustling background of mistaken identity, ruthless scheming and backstage theatrics, Will's love for Viola quickly blossoms and inspires him to write his greatest masterpiece.

Shakespeare in Love premiered on the West End at the Noel Coward Theatre in London in July 2014.

Early Bird special – 4 premium priced tickets for R800 (first 7 performances). Special valid until the end of May 2017. This offer is exclusively available through the Fugard Box office – call 021 461 4554.

Shakespeare in Love has a recommended age restriction of 13 years or older.



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