The 2018 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season

The 2018 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season
FROM 4 FEB 2018
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    04 Feb 2018 -
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price


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.

2018 Schedule



4 February 2018
 Oscar Winner: Best Foreign Language Film 2014

11 February 2018

The Royal Opera House
18 February 2018
The Bolshoi Ballet
25 February 2018
The National Theatre
4 March 2018
The Royal Opera House
11 March 2018
The National Theatre
8 April 2018
The Royal Ballet
15 April 2018
The National Theatre
22 April 2018
The Royal Ballet
29 April 2018
The National Theatre
6 May 2018
The National Theatre
13 May 2018
The Bolshoi Ballet
10 June 2018
The Royal Ballet
17 June 2018
The National Theatre
24 June 2018
The Bolshoi Ballet
1 July 2018
The National Theatre


(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.

The Demon Bride

The Demon Bride
8 – 10 MAR 2018
US WOORDFEES | R120 – R160
Woordfees (Stellenbosch)
  • Time

  • Price

    R120 – R160
  • Duration

    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Language

  • Cast

    • Bianca Flanders
    • Sarah Grace Potter
    • Craig Alan Jackson
    • Carel Nel
    • Andrew Roux
  • Creative

    • Louis ViljoenWriter, Director
    • James WebbSound Design
    • Rocco PoolSet Design
    • Widaad AlbertusCostume Design

‘With this ring, I thee ... DEAD!’
Eric Abraham presents a Fugard Theatre production in association with US Woordfees , of a new horror-comedy, The Demon Bride, from the Fugard Theatre’s multi-award-winning writer in residence, Louis Viljoen.

It’s wedding season and the wine lands are abuzz with travellers who come to celebrate the nuptials of friends and family. But when the wedding party gets trapped in a haunted cabin in the middle of a dilapidated wine farm, a carefree weekend away turns into a nightmare when the spirit of an ancient demon possesses a newlywed and wreaks havoc on her friends.

Written and directed by Louis Viljoen, with Bianca Flanders, Sarah Grace Potte , Craig Alan Jackson, Carel Nel and Andrew Roux, sound design by James Webb, set design by Rocco Pool, costume design by Widaad Albertus and lighting design by Sean Whitehead .

The Demon Bride is presented in English and has an age restriction of 18LSP for adult themes and mature content.

It will run at US Woordfees at the HB Thom Auditorium in Stellenbosch on the below dates and times. Tickets for these shows can be purchased through Computicket, any Shoprite Checkers outlet or by calling 0861 915 8000:

8 March @ 5pm
8 March @ 8pm
9 March @ 12:30pm
10 March @ 16:30pm

The Demon Bride will be unleashed at the Fugard Studio Theatre from 10 May. Bookings for this will open on 1 March 2018.



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