Now in its seventh successful year, the Fugard Bioscope has compiled a captivating line up for the 2018 season, starting on 4 February with the Academy Award winning Ida produced by Fugard Theatre founder Eric Abraham.
The Bioscope presents screenings of the world’s best recorded live theatre, opera and ballet productions to be enjoyed from the comfort of a Fugard Theatre seat and on the Fugard’s full size high definition cinema screen with a 7.1 dolby digital surround sound system.
Productions staged by companies such as the National Theatre, Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, Bolshoi Ballet and Young Vic are filmed live, transporting you directly into the heart of the action on stage.
“We have put together an exciting programme that combines perennial classic dramas such as the National Theatre’s productions of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and Tennessee Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, with newer plays such as Young Marx, a comedy from the same creative team behind One Man, Two Guvnors, directed by Nicholas Hytner and starring Rory Kinnear,” says Greg Karvellas, Resident Director and General Manager of the Fugard Theatre. “There’s also the ‘shatteringly powerful’ Yerma for which Billie Piper won 2017 Olivier Award for Best Actress and Yaël Farber’s hypnotic, visually compelling interpretation of Salomé.”
Ballet lovers are spoilt for choice with offerings from the Bolshoi Ballet including Romeo and Juliet, Giselle and The Flames of Paris as well as the Royal Ballet productions of A Winter’s Tale, Manon and their Bernstein Centenary. Highlights for opera aficionados include Tosca and Rigoletto from the Royal Opera House. Stephen Sondheim fans will be delighted to hear the Bioscope will be screening the National Theatre’s spectacular production of Follies,directed by Dominic Cooke.
Kicking off the season on 4 February is Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film Ida. Orphaned as an infant during the German occupation of World War ll, Ida 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. “An immaculate, miraculous masterwork” (The London Telegraph).
The Royal Opera House production of Verdi’s Rigoletto will be screened on 11 February. Directed by David McVicar, the production highlights the cruelty at the heart of this tragic opera. Featuring dark, Renaissance-inspired set and costume designs, the staging creates the shocking and insidious world within which this gripping tale unfolds. Conducted by Alexander Joel and featuring Dimitri Platanias in the title role.
The February programme continues on 18 February with the Bolshoi Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet, staged by Alexei Ratmansky with a dramatic urgency and fresh re-telling of Shakespeare’s beloved classic story of the star-crossed lovers.
Rounding off the month’s line up on 25 February is Young Marx by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. This brand new comedy comes from the same creative team behind One Man, Two Guvnors and stars Olivier Award winner Rory Kinnear directed by Nicholas Hytner.Based on true events from the time when Karl Marx lived in Soho, London, this historical comedy has been hailed “A seriously clever comedy. Riotous fun.” (The Times).
Screenings are presented in full digital high-definition and surround-sound in the comfort of the Fugard Theatre.