The Who: Live in Hyde Park

The Who: Live in Hyde Park
22 NOV 2015
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    22 Nov 2015 - 22 Nov 2015
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours

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

One of the greatest rock bands of all time, The Who celebrate 50 years of classic songs live in London’s Hyde Park. The show-stopping performance features all of their greatest hits and proves The Who are still one of the best live bands playing today.

Recorded in front of a sell-out crowd of 65,000 fans, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend deliver a definitive set list of all the greatest hits as The Who take their audience on an ʻAmazing Journeyʼ through their entire career from classic albums such as Who’s Next, Tommy, Quadrophenia, My Generation and Live At Leeds up to the present day

Featuring ‘My Generation’, ‘Pinball Wizard’, ‘Baba O’Riley’, ‘Who Are You’, ‘The Kids Are Alright’, ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’, ‘You Better You Bet’ and many more, audiences on a rocking rollercoaster through The Who’s outstanding catalogue of hits. Co-founders Roger and Pete are joined by Zak Starkey (Ringo Starr’s son) on drums and Pino Palladino on bass to help create that signature sound that has made The Who such unmissable performers.

Complementing the live performance, the exclusive cinema featurette includes interviews with Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend talking about playing Hyde Park and what The Who means to them and their fans after 50 years. Other contributors include Robert Plant, Iggy Pop, Johnny Marr and others, explaining just how influential and admired the band were - and still are - by their rock peers.

It was a few miles west of Hyde Park that 50 years ago Townshend, Daltrey and the late Keith Moon and John Entwistle created the soundtrack for the capital's original Mod scene - playing adrenaline (and more) fuelled vignettes of aspiring working class teenage life. It is the band's ability to still thrill five decades later which makes this film an electrifying cinematic event not to be missed. 

The World Opera and Ballet Season 2012/2013

The World Opera and Ballet Season 2012/2013
10 Jun 2012 - 21 Apr 2013
R50 - R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    10 Jun 2012 - 21 Apr 2013
  • Price

    R50 - R100

The Fugard Theatre, in association with Opus Arte and Emerging Pictures, The Royal Opera House, The Royal Ballet and the Bolshoi Ballet Companies, Gran Teatre del Liceu and Teatro alla Scala proudly present the World Opera and Ballet Season 2012/2013 in cinema.

Through exclusive associations with Opus Arte (London), Emerging Cinema (New York), The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet & the Bolshoi Ballet Companies and Gran Teatre del Liceu and Teatro alla Scala, the Fugard Theatre will once again present the finest of what the World Opera and Ballet Stages have to offer in splendid digital high definition and dolby surround sound.

Audiences who have come to love the monthly screenings can look forward to an extended recorded slate which is on offer alongside the superb Fugard Theatre hospitality. The screenings make for a great afternoon out and offers an extra special expereince at the Fugard Theatre. Be sure to book for your seats well in advance – Friends of the Fugard benefit from excellent discounts.

The new season is proudly supported by Fine Music Radio 101.3, a Cape Town based community radio station, focusing on classical and jazz music.

2012 Calendar

2012 OPERA BALLET

JUN

LA BOHEME
Puccini
10 JUN 2012
JUL THE MAGIC FLUTE
Mozart
8 JUL 2012
GISELLE
The Royal Ballet
15 JUL 2012
AUG DON GIOVANNI
Mozart
12 AUG 2012
THE FLAMES OF PARIS
The Bolshoi Ballet
19 AUG 2012
SEP AIDA
Verdi
16 SEP 2012
OCT ROMEO & JULIET
The Royal Ballet
13 & 14 OCT 2012
NOV CARMEN
Teatro alla Scala
17 & 18 NOV 2012
DEC THE NUTCRACKER
The Royal Ballet
9 & 16 DEC 2012

2013 Calendar

2013 OPERA BALLET

JAN

CARMEN
The Royal Opera House
13 JAN 2013
DON QUIXOTE
The Bolshoi Ballet
20 JAN 2013
FEB FAUST
Gounod
17 FEB 2013
LA BAYADERE
The Bolshoi Ballet
24 FEB 2013
MAR   THE SLEEPING BEAUTY
The Royal Ballet
17 MAR 2013
  NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS
La Scala Ballet
24 MAR 2013
APR RIGOLETTO
Verdi
20 & 21 APR 2013

 Download the full 2012/2013 schedule here

The World Opera and Ballet Season 2013/2014

The World Opera and Ballet Season 2013/2014
FROM OCT 2013
SUNDAYS 11AM | R100
  • Dates

    13 Oct 2013 - 15 Jun 2014
  • Time

    SUNDAYS 11AM
  • Price

    R100

The Fugard Theatre Bioscope is very proud to announce the highly anticipated 2013 / 2014 World Opera and Ballet Season. Yet again the Fugard Theatre Bioscope will partner with The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet and the Bolshoi Ballet Companies to bring audiences the very finest in opera and ballet, from the World’s most famous stages, in full digital high-definition and surround-sound on an enormous cinema screen all in the comfort of the Fugard Theatre.
 
The 2013/2014 Fugard Theatre Bioscope World Opera and Ballet Season will include recorded presentations and recorded as live presentations of the most famous operas and ballets.

There will be Sunday morning screenings, which commence on Sunday 13 October 2013 at 11am with a brilliant Royal Opera House production of Turandot.

 

2013/2014 Calendar

MONTHOPERABALLET

OCT 2013

TURANDOT
The Royal Opera
13 October 2013
 
 NOV 2013   SPARTACUS
The Bolshoi Ballet
24 November 2013
DEC 2013 LES VÊPRES SICILIENNES
The Royal Opera
08 December 2013
LE CORSAIRE
The Bolshoi Ballet
15 December 2013
    THE SLEEPING BEAUTY
The Bolshoi Ballet
29 December 2013
JAN 2014   THE NUTCRACKER
The Royal Ballet
12 January 2014
MAR 2014   DON QUIXOTE
The Royal Ballet
23 March 2014
APR 2014   JEWELS
The Bolshoi Ballet
20 April 2014
MAY 2014   LOST ILLUSIONS
The Bolshoi Ballet
18 May 2014
JUN 2014   MARCO SPADA
The Bolshoi Ballet
15 June 2014

Download the full 2013/2014 schedule here

The Yes Men Are Revolting

The Yes Men Are Revolting
9 OCT 2015
6PM | R60
  • Dates

    09 Oct 2015 - 09 Oct 2015
  • Time

    6PM
  • Price

    R60
  • Duration

    1 hour 30 minutes

Screened as part of the Tri Continental Film Festival 2015.

For the last 20 years, notorious activists the Yes Men have staged outrageous and hilarious hoaxes to draw international attention to corporate crimes against humanity and the environment. Armed with nothing but thrift-store suits and a lack of shame, these iconoclastic revolutionaries lie their way into business events and government functions to expose the dangers of letting greed run our world. In their third cinematic outing (after The Yes Men and The Yes Men Fix the World), they are now well into their 40s, and their mid-life crises are threatening to drive them out of activism forever - even as they prepare to take on the biggest challenge they`ve ever faced: climate change.

More than the first two films, The Yes Men Are Revolting is as much a character study as it is an entertaining depiction of their latest interventions. Revealing the real people behind the ruses, at its heart lies a hopeful message about fighting for change.

Tosca

Tosca
26 Nov 2011 - 27 Nov 2011
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    26 Nov 2011 - 27 Nov 2011
  • Duration

    2 hours 5 minutes (excluding one 30 minute interval)

Powerful music, a gripping story and a tragic end: Puccini’s ever-popular TOSCA performed at the Royal Opera House with a fabulous cast. Among the star singers in this revival are Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann and Bryn Terfel. The Royal Opera Chorus and The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House are under the baton of Antonio Pappano, Music Director of the Royal Opera for a score that includes such great set pieces as the Act I ‘Te Deum’ and the arias ‘Vissi d’arte’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle’.

Tri Continental Film Festival 2015

Tri Continental Film Festival 2015
8 – 10 OCT 2015
R60
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    08 Oct 2015 - 10 Oct 2015
  • Price

    R60

Every year since its inception in 2002, the TriContinental Human Rights Film Festival has screened powerful films from South Africa and across the globe, exploring some of the most urgent local and global issues of our time.

With a passion to support the fight for human rights and democracy through media, the TCFF offers stories from the bleeding edge of current social and political waves – stories that are not only relevant to our time, but skillfully told through beautiful cinema.
TCFF is the only festival primarily dedicated to issues of Social, Political and Human Rights on the African continent.

We continue to work with Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Lawyers For Human Rights, the Legal Resources Centre, Greenpeace, Wits University and other organizations and institutions whose work finds itself at the heart of some urgent social and political causes.

We bring films that speak to these causes and they bring discussion that speaks to effects; through these partnerships, we provide audiences a unique platform for meaningful engagement, not just with fine cinema from around the world, but with the real events, worlds, characters and issues that make our world.

For more information on the festival and films being screened please visit http://www.tcff.org.za/


Films screened at the Fugard Studio

Citizen Four
Thursday 08 October 6:00 PM
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The Yes Men are Revolting
Friday 09 October 6:00 PM
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Red Lines
Friday 09 October 8:30 PM
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Dreamcatcher
Saturday 10 October 6:00 PM
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Incorruptible
Saturday 10 October 8:30 PM
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Inreach and Outreach

Our broader vision is to contribute to building a mass local audience for cinema that matters and to remain a credible platform for local and international stories from regions that are frequently marginalized in mainstream media and cinema spaces.

To this end, through national partnerships with universities and community organizations we bring communities to screenings as part of our in-reach strategy and screenings to communities as part of the outreach leg of the festival.

Festival History

TCFF originated in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2002 started by the Movement de Documentalistas. In 2003 the festival was brought to South Africa for the first time by a group of partnership organizations including: Uhuru Productions, Lawyers for Human Rights and SACOD (Forming THE HUMAN RIGHTS MEDIA TRUST)

In April 2004, in Prague, TCFF took part in the launch of the Human Rights Film Network (HRFN), a federation of film festivals that screen socio-political films, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Nights (Italy) and One World (Czech Republic).

To date, TCFF remains the only Africa-based film festival affiliated to this network. A large number of films screened during the festival came to us through the network and through calls for entry made on the festival website

Turandot

Turandot
13 OCT 2013
11AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    13 Oct 2013 - 13 Oct 2013
  • Time

    11AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    1 hour 50 minutes
  • Language

    Italian with English subtitles
  • Cast

    • Lise LindstromTurandot
    • Marco BertiCalaf
    • Alasdair ElliottAltoum
    • Raymond AcetoTimur
    • Eri NakamuraLiu
    • Dionysios SourbisPing
    • David Butt PhilipPang
    • Douglas JonesPong
  • Creative

    • Andrei SerbanDirector
    • Sally JacobsDesigns
    • F. Mitchell DanaLighting Design
    • ChoreographyKate Flatt

Part of The World Opera & Ballet Season 2013/2014

The Fugard Bioscope's World Opera and Ballet Season gets off to a dramatic start with Puccini’s musically sublime final opera Turandot – a tale of disguised identities, riddles, ritual executions and powerful, triumphant love. Andrei Serban’s production of this dark Oriental fairytale is spectacular, with Sally Jacobs’s magnificent sets and elaborate masks, and costumes inspired by traditional Chinese theatre. One of the greatest Turandot singers today, Lise Lindstrom, makes her Royal Opera debut, with Marco Berti, a wonderful Puccinian singer, in the role of Prince Calaf.

See the rest of The World Opera & Ballet Season 2013/2014 here.

Venus and Adonis

Venus and Adonis
5 – 19 OCT 2014
6 PM | R130
  • Dates

    05 Oct 2014 - 19 Oct 2014
  • Time

    6 PM
  • Price

    R130
  • Duration

    1 hour 30 minutes

The Cape Consort returns to the Fugard with Part 4 of its Monteverdi Project.

Following the success of the first three parts of the Cape Consort’s highly popular Monteverdi Project, the Consort returns to the Fugard Studio in October with Part 4 and presents the earliest surviving English opera, John Blow’s Venus and Adonis. Repeat performances take place on three consecutive Sunday evenings, 5, 12 and 19 October at 6pm in the exquisite Sigrid Rausing Studio of the Fugard Theatre. A pre-concert talk will take place before each Sunday performance at 5:15pm.

Venus and Adonis, the only dramatic work by John Blow (1648/9 – 1708), was composed for the court of Charles II around 1683. The part of Venus was sung by Mary (Moll) Davies, the king’s former mistress, while their illegitimate daughter, Lady Mary Tudor, sang the part of Cupid. This work served as the model for Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.

Venus and Adonis, based on the classical myth, tells the story of Venus’ affair with Adonis, and his death due to a mortal wound inflicted by an enormous boar. In an idealised pastoral setting these vivid characters deal with desire, manipulation, pride and loss.

This performance of Venus and Adonis will include six voices, a 7-piece ensemble of period instruments, a narrator and text projections, and promises to be yet another of the stylish and exciting interpretations for which the Cape Consort has become known.
Do not miss the opportunity to hear this rarely performed gem!

Patrons are invited to meet the musicians on the theatre’s roof-top deck after the show, where drinks will be for sale.

Tickets may be booked through Computicket, 0861 915 8000 or via the Fugard Theatre’s box office on 021 461 4554. Friends of the Fugard receive discounts when booking through the theatre’s box office.

Secure parking is available across the road in the Harrington Square parking lot and the Fugard bar will be open before and after each performance.

The Cape Consort is a Cape Town based ensemble dedicated to stylish and historically informed performances of Early Music. Part of a wider initiative to introduce Historically Informed Performance Practice (HIPP) to South African concert stages, the Consort collaborates with international practitioners and musicologists, and also strives to connect local musicians to the debate and research in the field of HIPP. The ensemble aims to establish a regular presence on the South African concert circuit, exploring and presenting early vocal repertoire (which rarely features in local concerts) in vivid performances of works by composers such as Monteverdi, Strozzi, D'India, Caresana, Biber, Schütz, Buxtehude, Purcell, the Bach family, and many other less familiar names. In line with current trends in early music circles, the Consort translates and re-contextualises ancient musical expressions into vibrant and credibly contemporary articulations.

Conceived as a flexible group, the consort adapts its forces to the requirements of the repertoire. The regular singers are Lente Louw and Antoinette Blyth (sopranos), Nick de Jager, Lance Phillip, and Willem Bester (tenors), and Charles Ainslie (bass-baritone). Erik Dippenaar (harpsichord/organ) and Hans Huyssen (Baroque cello) form the core basso continuo group. Period instruments such as viols, violins, viols, lute, theorbo, and percussion join forces as the repertoire requires.

In 2011, the Cape Consort performed Monteverdi's six-part Vespers in a series of concerts, as well as an all Purcell programme in collaboration with the Cape Town Consort of Viols. Concerts with visiting artists, such as the renowned Dutch Baroque violinist Antoinette Lohmann and the soprano Mandie de Villiers-Schutte were also presented. The Cape Consort has appeared at the Klein Karoo Klassique in Oudtshoorn, the Odeion Musik Fest in Bloemfontein, GIPCA’s Infecting the City Festival in Cape Town, Oude Libertas in Stellenbosch, the Cape Town Concert Series at the Baxter Theatre and Cultivaria in Paarl. Its performance at the Stellenbosch Woordfees in 2012 was awarded with the Woordtrofee for ‘best classical music production’, a KykNet Fiësta nomination and a return invitation to the Endler concert series in 2013.

In February 2012, the group launched the first part of its Monteverdi Project at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town. The gripping renditions of Monteverdi madrigals (supported by synchronised and animated projections of text translations) which ran for a series of sold-out performance and resulted in an invitation to establish a regular presence at the Fugard, is documented on the ensemble's first CD: Claudio Monteverdi Selected Madgrigals (www.mucavi.com/Madrigals.html). The Monteverdi Project is ongoing and 2014 will see Part 4 – John Blow’s Venus and Adonis.  

Upcoming appearances include a second collaboration with Camerata Tinta Barocca in a performance of the original Dublin version of Handel’s Messiah (10 December 2014, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church)

www.mucavi.com/CapeConsort

Vigil

Vigil
13 JULY - 03 AUGUST 2013
TUES - FRI 8PM | SAT 4 & 8PM | R120-R160
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Time

    TUES - FRI 8PM | SAT 4 & 8PM
  • Price

    R120-R160
  • Duration

    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Language

    English
  • Cast

    • Graham HopkinsKemp
    • Vanessa CookeGrace
  • Creative

    • Christopher WeareDirector
    • Julia AnastasopolousDesign
    • Stephen JenningsProducer
    • Susan DanfordProducer
    • Graham HopkinsProducer

Vigil brings together three multiple award-winning South African theatre luminaries for a season at the Fugard Studio Theatre in Cape Town, following the play’s Premiere on the Main Programme at this year’s Grahamstown National Arts Festival. Starring Graham Hopkins as Kemp and Vanessa Cooke as Grace, this brilliant black comedy is directed by Fleur du Cap Life-Time Achievement Award-Winner, Christopher Weare. The set and costumes are designed by Julia Anastasopolous.

Cape Town actors and producers, Susan Danford and Stephen Jennings proposed Vigil to The Grahamstown National Arts Festival for their 2013 season, and were thrilled to have it invited to be part of this year’s Main Festival Programme. Along with Vigil actor and fellow producer Graham Hopkins, they are now presenting it, direct from its Grahamstown premiere, at the Fugard Studio Theatre from mid-July. Thereafter, it moves to the Hilton Arts Festival. Susan and Stephen were last seen on the Fugard boards with Sir Anthony Sher in the sold out season of Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass that earned Susan a Fleur du Cap Best Actress nomination.
Since winning the Jessie Richardson Award for “Outstanding Original Play” this universally-embraced work, by Morris Panych, has gone on to be translated into 19 languages, and been performed in theatres from London’s West End to Tokyo, from Paris to New York. Hopkins’ Kemp is "a self professed neurotic”, a hilariously self-centred and shallow person who finds himself, through his own errors and inattentiveness, in a life-and-death situation with profound and far-reaching consequences. Cooke’s Grace is the aging aunt he has travelled cross-country to be with on her death-bed. But Kemp’s bedside manner leaves a lot to be desired: “I am concerned about your health these past few days. It seems to be improving.” Kemp. It’s a play of twisted circumstance and surprising turns, it is deliciously absurd, incredibly funny, and poignantly tender, and with a twist that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The humour is wicked, the observations sharp, the writing crisp and cutting, “a small masterpiece” (Globe and Mail). Morris Panych’s work is well known internationally and his plays have been performed to sold-out houses in the United States, Great Britain, Europe and Canada, where his work is always in demand. Both an award-winning author and director, Panych’s feel for the theatre comes from his own love of the acting profession; he has been a distinguished actor for decades, having appeared in more than fifty productions. Panych is a two time winner of the Canadian Governor-General’s Award.

Vigil’s incisive script has previously attracted actors of the calibre of Tony Award-winning Brent Carver and Oscar award-winning Olympia Dukakis. Its genius lies in its universality. In all of Panych’s writing he has striven not to locate his plays in a particular place or time. Responding to the question of why he thought Vigil has had such a long and international life, Panych commented: “the play addresses key issues many people face on a daily basis.” People everywhere deal with issues around the extended family, and taking care of the elderly, and Panych knows: “There isn’t a single person sitting in this theatre who won’t fundamentally understand (the) situation.. Every time there is a new production in another country, in another language, I think, “Wow, it’s being done in Tokyo”.

Vigil runs at the National Arts Festival from 5 to 7 July at the Victoria Theatre, and at the Fugard Studio Theatre in Cape Town from 13 July to 3 August 2013. Performances are nightly at 8pm with matinees on Saturdays at 4pm. Tickets from R120 to R160 via Computicket or 0214614554. Special discounts are available for the Friends of the Fugard.

5 Stars ... Brilliant Entertainment - Cape Argus
Theatre at its finest - Cape Times
Captivating from beginning to end - What's On in Cape Town
Laugh out loud funny - City Press
Refined artistry at its most profound - Biz Community
Wickedly dark…hilarious, quirky and heartfelt - Variety
4 Stars ... verrassend en bitter snaaks - Die Burger
A small masterpiece - Globe & Mail
A devilishly funny play - Maclean's
5 Stars ... Brilliant Entertainment - Cape Argus
Theatre at its finest - Cape Times
Captivating from beginning to end - What's On in Cape Town
Laugh out loud funny - City Press
Refined artistry at its most profound - Biz Community
Wickedly dark…hilarious, quirky and heartfelt - Variety
4 Stars ... verrassend en bitter snaaks - Die Burger
A small masterpiece - Globe & Mail
A devilishly funny play - Maclean's

Vusi Mahlasela and Karen Zoid Live

Vusi Mahlasela and Karen Zoid Live
11 Nov 2011 - 12 Nov 2011
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    11 Nov 2011 - 12 Nov 2011

Karen Zoid recently completed her nationwide "Afrikaners is Plesierig" 10 year Anniversary tour, while Vusi Mahlasela will undertake his 20 year "When you come back" Anniversary tour in 2012. The two musical greats appeared in concert together to emphasise the integration of South African people through combining their music and audiences, revealing a soulful expression and celebration of our rainbow nation.

Karen Zoid, with a career span of over a decade, has earned numerous accolades, including gold album sales and SAMA awards. She has shared the stage with international acts like John Mayer, Annie Lennox, Metallica, Simple Plan, Hothouse Flowers, Seal and UB40. The release in 2002 of her first solo album, “Poles Apart” fired the imagination of both critics and the public when she burst onto the scene with the song “Afrikaners is Plesierig”. The song became iconic and Zoid became South Africa's queen of rock. Over the years fans were introduced to songs like Beautiful, Deurmekaar and Ons soek rock & roll. In 2005, Small Room became one of the biggest songs playlisted on radio, while Aeroplane Jane became the most requested song over the past three years. In November 2010, Karen released her latest studio album “*Terms & Conditions”, to great acclaim.

Vusi Mahlasela, is simply known as ‘The Voice’ to many in South Africa. Born, raised and still residing in the Mamelodi Township, this singer, songwriter, poet and activist released his popular debut album “When You Come Back” in 1992 and was asked to perform at Nelson Mandela’s inauguration in 1994. Vusi Mahlasela has successfully followed his muse, releasing eight albums over the past two decades, notching up gold and platinum status, as well as several SAMA awards. Celebrated for his distinct, powerful voice and his poetic, optimistic lyrics, his sound is a hybrid of folk, world, blues and soul.

Today, Mahlasela is a national treasure and an international star, which has come to the attention of American audiences through his contract with the ATO Records label of long-time admirer and fellow South African, Dave Matthews. Having released his latest studio album “Say Africa” in November 2010, Mahlasela also recently performed with Paul Simon for a week of shows in New York, toured with banjoist Bela Fleck and comes to the Fugard Theatre fresh off a tour with folk sensation Ray Lamontagne.

Vusi Mahlasela Live

Vusi Mahlasela Live
29 Apr 2011 - 30 Apr 2011
R150 and R200
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    29 Apr 2011 - 30 Apr 2011
  • Price

    R150 and R200

In late 2010 Vusi ‘The Voice’ Mahlasela returned with an acclaimed new album that’s a fitting reminder of everything fans around the world have come to treasure about this award-winning South African artist. Mahlasela’s gift for conveying socially conscious messages in a way that’s never strident is again on great display on ‘Say Africa’. For Mahlasela, the joy is always in the creation of songs that will be timeless and live intensely with people.

Vusi Mahlasela performed live and exclusively at The Fugard Theatre for two nights only, along with the vocal a’capella group D-seven.

West Side Story Joburg 2017

West Side Story Joburg 2017
24 JAN– 5 MAR 2017
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 3 & 8 PM | SUN 2 & 6 PM | R190 – R470
The Mandela Theatre (Joburg Theatre)
  • Dates

    24 Jan 2017 - 05 Mar 2017
  • Time

    TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 3 & 8 PM | SUN 2 & 6 PM
  • Price

    R190 – R470
  • Duration

    2 hours 30 mins
  • Cast

    • Jonathan RoxmouthTony
    • Lynelle KennedMaria
    • Christopher JafthaBernardo
    • Filipa van EckMaria
    • Bianca le GrangeAnita
    • Stephen JubberRiff
    • Daniel BuysAction (24 Jan – 18 Feb)
    • Grant AlmirallAction (19 Feb – 5 Mar)
    • Grant AlmirallAction
    • Sven–Eric MüllerDiesel
    • Cameron BothaSnowboy
    • Clive GilsonKeaton Ditchfield
    • LJ NeilsonAnybody's
    • Elzanne CrauseMinnie
    • Matthew BerryBaby John
    • Kristin WilsonGraziella
    • Tamryn van HoutenVelma
    • Reg HartA-rab
    • Caitlin ClerkPauline
    • Adrian GalleyDoc
    • Craig UrbaniSchrank, Glad Hand
    • Brendan MurrayKrupke (24 Jan – 12 Feb)
    • Richard LothianKrupke (14 Feb – 5 Mar)
    • Zolani ShangaseChino
    • Carlo McFarlanePepe
    • Duane WilliamsIndio
    • Thami NjokoLuis
    • Tevin Wiener Toro
    • Sabelo RadebeNibbles
    • Kirsten Murphy RossiterRosalia
    • Chloe PerlingConsuela
    • Sarah-Ann van der MerweFrancisca
    • Natasha HessEstella
    • Ipeleng MerafeTeresita
    • Tamryn van HoutenVelma
    • Sibusiso MxosanaMale Swing
    • Gemma TrehearnFemale Swing
    • Nurit GraffFemale Swing
    • JP RossouwMale Swing
  • Creative

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

The Fugard Theatre's smash hit musical West Side Story, heads to Johannesburg by overwhelming popular demand.

After receiving rave reviews across the board from critics and audiences alike, Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre’s grand-scale, smash hit, all South African production of West Side Story will be presented at the Mandela Theatre (Joburg Theatre) by popular demand from 24 January 2017.

West Side Story ended a staggeringly successful, sold-out run at the Artscape Opera House in Cape Town in 2015, and was the Fugard Theatre’s first out-of-house production, five years on from the theatre's official launch in 2010.     

Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre, the creators and producers of other outstanding runaway Fugard Theatre hits like The Rocky Horror Show, Kat & the Kings, Orpheus in AfricaCabaret and District – Six Kanala, have created a phenomenal 100% South African production on an unprecedented grand-scale that left audiences mesmerised night after night in its debut season.

West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim’s musical theatre masterpiece, is based on an original conception of Jerome Robbins and is arguably one of the world’s greatest musicals. The stellar creative team is headed by Matthew Wild (The Rocky Horror Show, Cabaret, Funny Girl) as director, Charl-Johan Lingenfelder (The Rocky Horror Show, Cabaret, Funny Girl) as musical director and conductor, and choreographer Louisa Talbot (The Rocky Horror Show, Cabaret, Funny Girl).

The Fugard Theatre team has selected the finest South African talent for this production that first premiered on Broadway in New York in 1957. The superb cast of 40 is backed by the Johannesburg Music Initiative Orchestra playing Bernstein's magnificent score that includes iconic songs such as "Something's Coming", “Maria”, "I Feel Pretty” and “Tonight”.  

Reprising their roles as Tony, Maria and Bernardo respectively, will be Fleur du Cap Theatre Award winners Jonathan Roxmouth (Topsy Turvy, A Handful of Keys, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, The Phantom of the Opera) as Tony and Lynelle Kenned (Orpheus in Africa, Showboat, The Sound of Music) as Maria and Christopher Jaftha (The Sleeping Beauty, High School Musical) as Bernardo. Sharing the title role once more with Ms. Kenned will be the London-based actress and opera singer Filipa van Eck (Carmen, L’Aggripina) who will perform the role of Maria twice a week. Bianca le Grange (Blood Brothers, District Six – Kanala, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat) returns to reprise her role of Anita. Craig Urbani (Chicago, Peter Pan, Binnelanders) plays Shrank and Gladhand. Adrian Galley (The Rocky Horror Show, Cabaret), returns as Doc. Brendan Murray (Amadeus, Romeo and Juliet) will perform the role of Krupke alternating with Richard Lothian (An Absolute Turkey, Taming of the Shrew) who will once again be the fight choreographer.

The Jets gang is led once again by Fleur du Cap nominee Stephen Jubber (AnnieShowboat) as Riff, backed by a superb cast that includes Daniel Buys (Cabaret, Saturday Night Fever) and Grant Almirall (Singin’ in the Rain, Jersey Boys) as Action. Mr. Buys will perform the role of Action from 24 January to 18 February 2017 and Mr. Almirall will perform the role from 19 February to 5 March 2017. Sven–Eric Müller (The Rocky Horror Show, Cabaret) is Diesel, Cameron Botha (Singin’ in the RainSweeney Todd) is Snowboy, Keaton Ditchfield (Starlight Express, Pirates of Penzance) is Big Deal, LJ Neilson (Sound of Music, Dirty Dancing) plays Anybody’s, Elzanne Crause (Queen at the Ballet, The Phantom of the Opera) is Minnie, Kristin Wilson (So You Think You Can Dance, Private Presley) is Graziella, Tamryn van Houten (Private Presley) is Velma and Caitlin Clerk (Sister Act, Showboat) plays Pauline.

Christopher Jaftha, now a well-known Top Billing presenter, leads the Sharks as Bernardo, with Zolani Shangase (The Lion KingOrpheus in Africa) as Chino, Carlo McFarlane (Footloose- The Musical, A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits) as Pepe, Duane Williams (Honey 3Cinderella: If the Shoe Fits) as Indio, Thami Njoko (Swan Lake) as Luis, Tevin Wiener (Honey 3) as Toro, Sabelo Radebe (Peter Pan) as Nibbles, Kirsten Rossiter (GreaseJersey Boys) as Rosalia, Chloe Perling (The Rocky Horror ShowCabaret) as Consuela, Sarah-Ann van der Merwe (Reik Na Die Sterre) as Francisca, Natasha Hess (District Six Kanala, Orpheus in Africa) as Estella and A Voice, Ipeleng Merafe (Swan LakeA Thousand Shepherds) as Teresita.  JP Rossouw (Shrek the Musical, Liefling), Sibusiso Mxosana (Spartacus of Africa, Spring and Fall), Gemma Trehearn (Iris Warriors, A Thousand Shepherds)  and Nurit Graff (Dirty Dancing, Showboat) complete the talented line up of remarkable performers complete the talented line up of remarkable performers.

Inspired by Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, the tale is set in the Upper West Side neighbourhood in New York City in the mid-1950s. The musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two street gangs of different backgrounds. The members of the Sharks are taunted by the Jets. The young protagonist, Tony, a former member of the Jets and best friend of the gang leader, Riff, falls in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks. The sophisticated music, extended dance scenes, and the focus on social conflict marked a turning point in American musical theatre.

West Side Story is a must-see that is guaranteed to be a highlight on Johannesburg's 2017 theatre calendar. 
Given the anticipation about this stellar musical and how the Cape Town season sold out, advance booking is highly recommended. The producers recommend an age restriction of 12 years with parental guidance.

 

 

 

★★★★★ 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
★★★★★ 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

While we're not apart

Zolani Mahola, the lead vocalist for the band Freshlyground, will be appearing in her first theatre reading for a play written for her by a French writer, Eudes Panel.

The play is set in a southern country and expresses a feminine, brave and humane perspective on the challenges faced by the health system. It focuses on HIV/Aids and the “civil” diseases attached to it, i.e. political cowardice, social stigmatization, fear, beliefs and ignorance. The play also explores the male dominance of the world and invites us to think different about the only other alternative, which is feminine. Mr. Panel continuously reminds us of the constant possibility of forgiveness, love and the gift of life. The style of writing in its candor is reminiscent of the great American writer Phillip Roth.

Wie's Bang vir Virginia Woolf?

Wie's Bang vir Virginia Woolf?
28 JUL – 08 AUG 2015
MON – FRI 7:30 PM | SAT 4 PM | R90 – R180
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    28 Jul 2015 - 08 Aug 2015
  • Time

    MON – FRI 7:30 PM | SAT 4 PM
  • Price

    R90 – R180
  • Duration

    150 minutes including interval
  • Language

    Afrikaans with English surtitles
  • Cast

    • Marius WeyersGeorge
    • Sandra PrinslooMartha
    • Wessel PretoriusNick
    • Greta PietersenHoney
  • Creative

    • Saartjie BothaVertaling
    • Christiaan OlwagenRegie
    • Birrie le RouxKostuums
    • Jaco BouwerStelontwerp
    • Wolf BritzBeligtingsontwerp
    • Charl-Johan LingenfelderKlankbaan
    • Jeanne SteenkampVerhoogbestuur

Saartjie Botha en die Fugard Teater bied met trots die Afrikaanse vertaling van Edward Albee se veelbekroonde drama van Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? aan. Die skreeusnaakse, maar gitswart donker woorde-oorlog is op die planke vanaf 28 Julie in die hoofteater vir ‘n kort speelvak tot 8 Augustus.

’n Ou-getroude professor en sy vrou, George en Martha, nooi ’n pas-getroude, pas aangestelde jong professor en sy vrou vir ’n loopdop na ’n fakulteitsfunksie. ’n Nag van waansin volg: die niks- vermoedende nuwelinge word in die bestek van ’n paar uur deur vernedering, frustrasie en manipulasie heeltemal ontredderd gelaat. Dit word ’n nag waarin pretensie en voorgee brutaal ontmasker word, en ’n huwelikbootjie op die rotse afstuur. George en Martha ontsien geen moeite om mekaar verbaal te vermorsel en kreatiewe maniere te vind om mekaar te uitoorlê nie.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is vir die eerste maal op Broadway opgevoer in 1962 en word bekroon met ’n Tony Toekenning sowel as die New York Drama Critics’ Circle prys vir beste nuwe stuk. Dit is destyds beskou as “a brilliant original work of art”, en die tallose sukselvolle produksies die afgelope halwe eeu bevestig dat die stuk niks van sy impak verloor het nie. Dramaturg Edward Albee het reeds die Pulitzer Pryse vir drama drie keer gewen. Hy kry ook die prys vir Virginia Woolf, maar dit word destyds teruggetrek na klagtes oor die godslastering en losse sedes in die stuk. Van Albee se bekendste werke sluit in The Zoo Story, The American Dream and The Goat, or Who is Sylvia maar Virginia Woolf? bly sy bekendste werk, ondermeer danksy Mike Nichols se klassieke 1966 filmweergawe met Elizabeth Taylor en Richard Burton.

In Saartjie Botha se Afrikaanse vertaling Wie is bang vir Virginia Woolf? is Marius Weyers te sien in die rol van George en Sandra Prinsloo as Martha. Wessel Pretorius en Greta Pietersen speel die jong, niks-vermoedende paartjie, Nick en Honey. Christiaan Olwagen, vanjaar se Jong Kunstenaar vir teater by die Nasionale Kunstefees op Grahamstad, is die regisseur. Olwagen is reeds veelbekroon, onder andere vir sy eietydse, grensverskuiwende aanslag in die Die Seemeeu, en die semi-biografiese Dogma. Hy word bygestaan deur ’n sterk produksiespan: Birrie le Roux (kostuums), Jaco Bouwer (stel), Wolf Britz (beligtingsontwerp) and Charl-Johan Lingenfelder (klankbaan).

 


 

Saartjie Botha, in partnership with the Fugard Theatre, are proud to present Edward Albee’s award-winning masterpiece, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The hilariously dark martial war of words will run at the Fugard Main Theatre from 28 July for a limited season which must close on 8 August.

On the campus of a small university the once loving but now embittered and battle-scarred aging couple, George and Martha entertain a new young professor and his wife following a late night faculty party. Over the course of the evening the unwitting guests are drawn into a three act tour de force of humiliation, frustration and manipulation that will leave everyone’s cards face-up on the table and a marriage in serious trouble. Marital strife has never been so wickedly fun as the sharp-tongued dysfunctional couple discover inventive ways to get under the other’s skin, building to a climax that still leaves audience aghast.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? premiered on Broadway in late 1962 and went on to win both the Tony Award and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle award for Best Play. Hailed at the time as “a brilliant original work of art”, the numerous award winning revivals over the past half century have proven that the play still packs the same punch it delivered in its debut. The play’s author, Edward Albee, has received three Pulitzer Prizes for drama and was selected by the award’s drama jury for Virginia Woolf? but was overruled by the advisory committee which elected not to give a drama award at all that year because of the play’s then controversial use of profanity and sexual themes. Albee is also well known for his other works including The Zoo Story, The American Dream and The Goat, or Who is Sylvia but Virginia Woolf? would likely be his most well known work in some part due to Mike Nichols 1966 film adaptation featuring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

Saartjie Botha’s Afrikaans translation Wie is bang vir Virginia Woolf? stars Marius Weyers in the role of George and Sandra Prinsloo as Martha. Wessel Pretorius and Greta Pietersen will portray the young unsuspecting married couple, Nick and Honey.

Christiaan Olwagen, the Young Artist for Theatre at this year’s NAF has won numerous awards, among others for his version of The Seagull, as well as his thought provoking Dogma, is the director. Olwagen is assisted by a design team including, Birrie le Roux (costumes), Jaco Bouwer (set), Wolf Britz (lights) and Charl-Johan Lingenfelder (sound).

"Theatre at its best" - Bizcommunity
"Theatre at its best" - Bizcommunity

Women in Voice in Business

Women in Voice in Business
07 May 2011 - 07 May 2011
R350.00
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    07 May 2011 - 07 May 2011
  • Price

    R350.00

The human voice is the most overlooked personal asset even though we all regularly make assumptions about a person's education, age, status, competency and reliability based on how that person sounds. If you are intrigued by the idea of 'vocal image' this workshop offers the opportunity to explore both the power and the range of your voice.

Liz Mills has worked with voices for 30 years. Her background is in theatre where she works as a director and a voice practitioner. An extended academic career in the Drama Department at the University of Cape Town added a scholarship in voice, international publication and the development of her own techniques for working creatively with the voice. Her work has been shared with colleagues in the USA and UK. But it is her work with private clients from all walks of life that convinced her of the need for women to have their own space in which to explore both the impact and the potential of their voices.

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