The 2018 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season Part 2

The 2018 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season Part 2
FROM 14 OCT 2018
SUNDAYS 10 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    14 Oct 2018 - 24 Feb 2019
  • Time

    SUNDAYS 10 AM
  • Price

    R100

Round off 2018 with screenings of the world’s best theatre, opera and ballet at The Fugard Bioscope.

The enticing line up for the second half of the 2018 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season has been announced. The programme starts on Sunday 14th October with the Bolshoi Ballet’s captivating production of COPPÉLIA.

Screenings will start at the earlier time of 10am to accommodate Sunday matinee performances in the Fugard Theatre. Guests can make a morning of it and enjoy a delicious range of snacks, drinks and the finest coffee at the Fugard Theatre coffee shop and bar, which open from 9am.

The Fugard 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. With screenings on the Fugard’s full size high definition cinema screen and a 7.1 dolby digital surround sound system, be transported to the heart of the action on stage.

Watch productions by prestigious companies such as the National Theatre, Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, Bolshoi Ballet and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

“We are thrilled to announce this second part of our 2018 Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season at The Fugard Theatre,” says Greg Karvellas, Resident Director and Curator of the Cinema Season. “Along with our customary offering of stunning ballet, theatre and opera production offerings, we have added some exciting new Comédie-Française productions which are performed in French with English subtitles. We look forward to welcoming our regular as well as new patrons to our screenings.”

Ballet lovers are spoilt for choice including classics such as romantic masterpiece LA SYLPHIDE and DON QUIXOTE as well as much loved newer ones such as Kenneth MacMillan’s MAYERLING. Opera aficionados won’t want to miss the Royal Opera House’s five-star production of THE QUEEN OF SPADES, Tchaikovsky’s intense opera of obsession and the supernatural, which is conducted by Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera.

As always the programme is a theatre-goer’s treat with a selection that includes the Royal Shakespeare Company’s ROMEO AND JULIET, which The Guardian UK described as a ‘swift, lively production’ and Whatsonstage called a ‘Youthful and energetic take on Shakespeare's tragedy’.

There’s also National Theatre Live’s HAMLET starring Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch, their THE MADNESS OF GEORGE III by Alan Bennett and JULIE, a new version of August Strindberg’s play Miss Julie directed by Carrie Cracknell (NT Live: The Deep Blue Sea). Comédie Française’s CYRANO DE BERGERAC, which won six Molière awards, France’s official theatre awards, will be screened on 16 December.
 
Catch festive season favourite THE NUTCRACKER, presented by the Royal Ballet on 23 December, while February 2019 brings a French flavor with a series of wonderful comedies from Comédie-Française, one of France’s most respected theatres and home to Molière’s historic theatre troupe.

Screenings take place at the Fugard Theatre on Sundays at 10am.Tickets cost R100 and can be booked directly through the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554 or online at www.thefugard.com  There is a 20% discount for Friends of the Fugard and a 15% discount for pensioners.

These discounted tickets are available through the box office.

The Fugard foyer bar is open from 9am on Sundays, serving a range of delicious light snacks as well as the finest coffee and selection of drinks.

 

2018 / 2019 Schedule

MONTHPRODUCTIONFROM

OCT 2018

COPPÉLIA
14 October 2018
 The Bolshoi Ballet
 

HAMLET
21 October 2018

National Theatre Live
  DON QUIXOTE
28 October 2018
The Bolshoi Ballet
DEC 2018 ROMEO AND JULIET
2 December 2018
The Royal Shakespeare Company
  MAYERLING
9 December 2018
The Royal Ballet
  CYRANO DE BERGERAC
16 December 2018
Comédie-Française
  THE NUTCRACKER
23 December 2018
The Royal Ballet
JAN 2019 THE MADNESS OF GEORGE III
6 January 2019
National Theatre Live
  JULIE
13 January 2019
National Theatre Live
  LA SYLPHIDE
20 January 2019
The Bolshoi Ballet
  THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR
27 January 2019
The Royal Shakespeare Company
FEB 2019 THE MISANTHROPE
3 February 2019
Comédie-Française
  SCAPIN THE SCHEMER
10 February 2019
Comédie-Française
  THE FOP REFORMED
17 February 2019
Comédie-Française
  THE QUEEN OF SPADES
24 February 2019
The Royal Opera House

 

(The schedule is subject to change and further additions may 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.

Kunene and the King

Kunene and the King
FROM 30 APR 2019
TUE – FRI 8PM | SAT 3 & 8PM | SUN 3PM | R190 – R340
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    30 Apr 2019 -
  • Time

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

    R190 – R340
  • Cast

    • John Kani
    • Antony Sher
  • Creative

    • John KaniPlaywright
    • Janice HoneymanDirector
    • Birrie le RouxProduction Design
    • Mannie ManimLighting Design

Kunene and the King comes to The Fugard Theatre in April 2019, hot off its world premiere at The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in England.

This moving and funny two-hander provides a fitting tribute to mark the 25th anniversary of South Africa’s first democratic elections after apartheid. Written by actor, activist and playwright, John Kani (The Tempest, The Island, Sizwe Banzi is Dead, and movie Black Panther), who was last seen on The Fugard Theatre stage opposite Sandra Prinsloo in So Ry Miss Daisy, Kunene and the King reunites a powerhouse team with director Janice Honeyman (The Tempest,…Missing, Nothing But The Truth, Hello and Goodbye, The Fugard Theatre’s production of The Mother) and John Kani performing opposite Sir Antony Sher (The Tempest,The Fugard Theatre’s production of Broken Glass, the RSC productions of King Lear, 2016 & 2018 and Death of a Salesman).

Design is by Birrie le Roux (Shakespeare in Love, King Kong, Orpheus in Africa). Lighting is by Mannie Manim (The Tempest, Sizwe Banzi is Dead, The Fugard Theatre productions of The Mother, The Painted Rocks At Revolver Creek, The Blue Iris).

In Kunene and the King, it is South Africa, 2019. Twenty five years since the first post-Apartheid democratic elections, two men from contrasting walks of life are thrust together to reflect on a quarter century of change.

“We are honoured to be presenting this co-production of John Kani’s new play with The Royal Shakespeare Company, and welcoming him along with Sir Antony Sher and Janice Honeyman back to our Theatre,” says Daniel Galloway, Managing Director of The Fugard Theatre. “It is indeed a fitting way to mark 25 years of a democratic South Africa, with three of the country’s internationally acclaimed theatre talents and this important play.”

Kunene and the King will be performed at The Fugard Theatre from 30 April 2019. Tickets can be booked directly through The Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554 or through The Fugard Theatre’s website at www.thefugard.com

For certain performances - there is a 15% discount for pensioners and 10% discount for students and block bookings. These discounted tickets can be booked through The Fugard Theatre box office and are available for performances from 4 May 2019 onwards.

Please note: Kunene and the King has a recommended age restriction of no under 12 year olds.

Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots
FROM 11 JUN 2019
TUE – FRI 8PM | SAT 3 & 8PM | SUN 3PM | R160 – R460
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    11 Jun 2019 -
  • Time

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

    R160 – R460
  • Cast

  • Creative

    • Harvey FiersteinBook
    • Cyndi LauperMusic and Lyrics
    • Jerry MitchellOriginal Direction and Choreography
    • Matthew WildDirector
    • Charl-Johan LingenfelderMusical Director
    • Louisa TalbotChoreography
    • Birrie Le RouxCostume Design
    • Paul WillsSet Design
    • Tim MitchellLighting Design
    • Mark MalherbeSound Design

Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre present a brand new, original production of this huge-hearted, smash-hit musical which will run at the Fugard Theatre from 11 June 2019. Snap up the early bird ticket specials before 31 October 2018!

Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots was first brought to life on the big screen in 2005 before being transformed into a hit musical, winning six Tony and three Olivier Awards.

Kinky Boots features a Tony-winning score by Cyndi Lauper and a book by four-time Tony winner, Harvey Fierstein. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical, Tony Award for Best Original Score, Tony Award for Best Choreography and Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical, Kinky Boots has played to sold out houses on Broadway and in the West End since 2013. This mega-hit is a must see for all musical theatre fans.

Charlie Price has reluctantly inherited his father's shoe factory, Price & Son, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father's legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair find that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible, and discover that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.

The Fugard Theatre’s Kinky Boots is brought to you by the same creative team behind the Fugard Theatre productions of The Rocky Horror ShowCabaretFunny Girl and West Side Story. Direction is by Matthew Wild, Musical Direction by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder and Choreography by Louisa Talbot. Costume design is by Birrie Le Roux, Set Design by Paul Wills and Lighting Design by Tim Mitchell. Sound Design is by Mark Malherbe.

“We are honored to be presenting the South African premiere, created by an all-star team, of this hit musical that has captured the hearts of international audiences,” says Daniel Galloway, Executive Director of the Fugard Theatre. “Kinky Boots has it all - a beautiful story of hope, inspiration and friendship, combined with fabulous music, glittering costumes, breathtaking choreography and plenty of heart. We cannot wait to welcome our audiences to this Fugard Theatre original production of an International smash hit!”

Kinky Boots will be performed at the Fugard Theatre from 11 June 2019 on Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8pm with a matinee performance on Saturdays at 3pm. Sunday Matinees at 3pm will become available from Sunday 30 June 2019. Tickets go on sale from 20 August starting from R160, and can be booked directly through the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554 or through the Fugard Theatre’s website at www.thefugard.com

As a once off early bird offer - valid only until 31 October 2018 - snap up the early bird special of four (4) premium tickets (usually priced at R470 per ticket) at R300 per ticket for performances after 27 June 2019.

There is a 20% discount available for all Friends of The Fugard members; a 15% discount for pensioners and 10% discount for students and block bookings. These discounts do not apply on top of the early bird discounts mentioned above OR for performances between 11 to 25 June 2019. These discounted tickets can be booked through the Fugard Theatre box office only and are available for performances from 27 June 2019 onwards.

Patrons booking tickets online are able to beat the rush and pre-order their desired refreshments, snacks, meals and merchandise when purchasing tickets directly from www.thefugard.com

Visit the cosy ground-floor bar for a before and after show drink and delicious snacks. If the weather plays along, enjoy the panoramic city views from the Fugard Theatre’s fantastic rooftop bar. There is secure parking available for a small fee directly opposite the Fugard Theatre in Harrington Square.

This smash-hit struts its stuff with sparkle, stilettos and heart! - Time Out New York
Dazzling and joyous! Kinky Boots is a reminder that both musicals and shoes can lift you up - Daily News
The ideal, big-Broadway experience - The New York Observer
The freshest, most fabulous, feel-good musical of the decade - The Hollywood News
A sizzling theatricality that's bound to put a little more spring in your step and cheer in your heart - USA Today
You’ll get a kick out of Kinky Boots - New York Post
Those boots are made for walking, talking, singing, flouncing and wearing well above the kneecap - Whatsonstage.com

Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano de Bergerac
16 DEC 2018
10 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    16 Dec 2018 - 16 Dec 2018
  • Time

    10 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Language

    French with English surtitles
  • Cast

    • Michel VuillermozCyrano de Bergerac
    • Françoise GillardRoxane
    • Loïc CorberyChristian
  • Creative

    • Edmond RostandPlaywright
    • Denis PodalydèsDirector
    • Christian LacroixCostume Design
    • Stéphanie DanielLighting Design

Screened as part of the 2018 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season Part 2. From Comédie-Française.

Cyrano is cursed with a prominent nose but gifted with words. He uses this talent to help handsome Christian win Roxane’s heart, whom he also loves …

 

Julie

Julie
13 JAN 2019
10 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    13 Jan 2019 - 13 Jan 2019
  • Time

    10 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Cast

    • Vanessa Kirby
    • Eric Kofi Abrefa
  • Creative

    • Carrie CracknellDirector
    • August StrindbergPlaywright
    • Polly StenhamPlaywright (Adaptation)

Screened as part of the 2018 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season Part 2. From National Theatre Live.

BAFTA Award-winning actress Vanessa Kirby (The Crown) and Eric Kofi Abrefa (The Amen Corner) feature in the cast of this brand new production, directed by Carrie Cracknell (NT Live: The Deep Blue Sea).

Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean – which rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival.

This new version of August Strindberg’s play Miss Julie, written by Polly Stenham, remains shocking and fiercely relevant in its new setting of contemporary London.

 

 

 

La Sylphide

La Sylphide
20 JAN 2019
10 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    20 Jan 2019 - 20 Jan 2019
  • Time

    10 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Cast

    • The Bolshoi Principals
    • The Bolshoi Soloists
    • The Bolshoi Corps de Ballet
  • Creative

    • Herman Severin LøvenskioldMusic
    • Johan KobborgChoreography
    • August BournonvilleChoreography
    • Adolphe Nourrit Libretto
    • Filippo TaglioniLibretto

Screened as part of the 2018 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season Part 2. From the Bolshoi Ballet.

On the day of his wedding, the young Scotsman James is awoken with a kiss from an ethereal winged creature, a Sylph. Entranced by her beauty, James risks everything to pursue an unattainable love...

La Sylphide is one of the world’s oldest surviving ballets, and a treasure in the Danish Bournonville style. Restaged for the Bolshoi by Bournonville expert Johan Kobborg, this production is the ultimate romantic masterpiece.

 

 

 

 

Mayerling

Mayerling
9 DEC 2018
10 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    09 Dec 2018 - 09 Dec 2018
  • Time

    10 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Cast

    • Steven McRaeCrown Prince Rudolf
    • Sarah LambBaroness Mary Vetsera
  • Creative

    • Kenneth MacmillanChoreography
    • Franz LisztMusica
    • John LanchberyArrangement and Orchestration
    • Koen KesselsConductor

Screened as part of the 2018 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season Part 2. From the Royal Ballet.

Mayerling is a classic of the Royal Ballet repertory, with its emotional depth, haunting imagery, and one of the
most demanding roles ever created for a male dancer. Kenneth MacMillan choreographed a complex work around the psychologically tormented heir to the Habsburg Empire, Crown Prince Rudolf. From the ballet’s start, the glamour of the Austro-Hungarian court is contrasted with undercurrents of sexual and political intrigue that drive the story to its violent climax in a double suicide.

The large cast allows for impressive ensembles
in addition to the ballet's many solos of distinctive character and pas de deux of disturbing eroticism. This ballet, bursting with intensity, madness and passion, proves that sometimes the truth is more scandalous than fiction.

 

Scapin the Schemer

Scapin the Schemer
10 FEB 2019
10 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    10 Feb 2019 - 10 Feb 2019
  • Time

    10 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Language

    French with English surtitles
  • Cast

    • Bakary SangaréSilvestre
    • Gilles DavidArgante
    • Adeline d’HermyZerbinette
    • Benjamin LavernheScapin
    • Didier SandreGéronte
    • Pauline ClémentHyacinte
    • Julien FrisonOctave
    • Gaël KamilindiLéandre
    • Maïka LouakairimCarle
    • Aude RouanetNérine
  • Creative

    • MolièrePlaywright
    • Denis PodalydèsStaging
    • Éric RufScenography
    • Christian LacroixCostume Design

Screened as part of the 2018 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season Part 2. From Comédie-Française.

Octave and Léandre’s amorous intentions are thwarted by two authoritarian fathers who have just returned from a trip with determined to marry their sons to two strangers. They young men turn to the wily Scapin for help, placing their fate in his hands

Denis Podalydès returns as a director to the Salle Richelieu with Scapin the Schemer (Les Fourberies de Scapin) a play that has been performed more than 1,500 times by the Comédiens-Français but which has not had a new production for twenty years.

He likes the idea of a “troupe play, written not for the Court but for the people”, and premiered in 1671 at the Palais-Royal during a period of construction work. For this play, Molière was free of the constraints of comédies-ballets and machinery-driven comedies: it was “pure theatre”, offering the director a great freedom.
The action is set in Naples, a door opening to an imagined maritime world stretching towards the Orient. Faced with two authoritarian fathers, two sons, both thwarted lovers, turn to the crafty Scapin, driven by a mad desire for revenge. The character is a double of Scaramouche, the Italian actor of the adventurous life whom Molière admired: “to tell you the truth, there are few things that are impossible for me, when I put my mind to them”. While the buffoonish servant gets beaten with a stick, and gives as good as he gets in the famous scene with the sack, Denis Podalydès recalls that he derives his name from the Italian verb scappare which means “to escape”, “to scamper off”. There then follows, in an ambiance of ransom demands and paternal contradictions, an avalanche of stratagems and other tricks which the author excelled in depicting.

 

 

The Fop Reformed

The Fop Reformed
17 FEB 2019
10 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    17 Feb 2019 - 17 Feb 2019
  • Time

    10 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Language

    French with English surtitles
  • Cast

    • Florence VialaDorimène
    • Loïc CorberyRosimond
    • Adeline d’HermyMarton
    • Clément Hervieu-LégerDorante
    • Claire de La Rüe du CanHortense
    • Didier SandreThe Count
    • Christophe MontenezFrontin
    • Dominique BlancThe Marquise
  • Creative

    • MarivauxPlaywright
    • Clément Hervieu-LégerStaging
    • Éric RufScenography
    • Caroline de VivaiseCostume Design

Screened as part of the 2018 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season Part 2. From Comédie-Française.

The story is that of a young Parisian whose parents have found a good match for him, a count’s daughter. But when he goes to visit her, the handsome boy – whose Parisian manners are far removed from the rules of decorum that reign in the provinces – cannot open his heart to his lovely intended. Stung, the latter decides to teach him a lesson for his arrogance…

 

 

 

The Madness of George III

The Madness of George III
6 JAN 2019
10 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    06 Jan 2019 - 06 Jan 2019
  • Time

    10 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Cast

    • Mark GatissKing George III
  • Creative

    • Alan BennettPlaywright

Screened as part of the 2018 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season Part 2. From National Theatre Live.

Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991.

The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall, NT Live Coriolanus) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance).

It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man.

 

 

The Merry Wives of Windsor

The Merry Wives of Windsor
27 JAN 2019
10 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    27 Jan 2019 - 27 Jan 2019
  • Time

    10 AM
  • Price

    R100

Screened as part of the 2018 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season Part 2. From the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Down on his luck in the suburbs, John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men.

Unknown to him, it’s the women of Windsor who really pull the strings, orchestrating Falstaff’s comeuppance amidst a theatrical smorgasbord of petty rivalries, jealousies and over-inflated egos. 


For a fat Englishman, a Welshman and a Frenchman, the only way is Windsor…

 

 

The Misanthrope

The Misanthrope
3 FEB 2019
10 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    03 Feb 2019 - 03 Feb 2019
  • Time

    10 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Language

    French with English surtitles
  • Cast

    • Yves GascBasque
    • Éric GénovèsePhilinte
    • Florence VialaArsinoé
    • Loïc CorberyAlceste
    • Serge BagdassarianOronte
    • Gilles DavidDu Bois
    • Adeline d’HermyCélimène
    • Jennifer DeckerEliante
    • Pierre HancisseClitandre
    • Christophe MontenezAcaste
    • Tristan CottinA servant
    • Marina Cappe A servant
    • Ji Su JeongA servant
  • Creative

    • MolièrePlaywright
    • Clément Hervieu-LégerDirector

Screened as part of the 2018 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season Part 2. From Comédie-Française.

Alcest loves Célimène, a flirtatious woman from the Parisian high society. He loathes this world for its hypocritical etiquette but, shaken by a public trial he is called to by this social circle, he must visit Célimène to ask for her help…

 

 

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker
23 DEC 2018
10 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    23 Dec 2018 - 23 Dec 2018
  • Time

    10 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Cast

  • Creative

    • Peter Wright after Lev IvanovChoreography
    • Pyotr Il'yich TchaikovskyMusic

Screened as part of the 2018 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season Part 2. From the Royal Ballet.

A Christmas treat for the whole family and a classic with a special place in the hearts of ballet fans around the world.

The Nutcracker has long been one of
the most delightful ways to discover the enchantment of ballet – and makes for a delicious seasonal treat for all the family. Tchaikovsky’s much-loved music is matched to a magical adventure on Christmas Eve for Clara and her Nutcracker doll. Their journey to the Land of Sweets brings with it some
of the most familiar of all ballet moments, such as the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Waltz of the Flowers. Peter Wright’s production for The Royal Ballet keeps true to the spirit of this Russian ballet classic, with period details and dancing snowflakes. The many solo roles and ensembles put the world-class skills of the Company to the fore in this Christmas classic.

 

The Queen of Spades

The Queen of Spades
24 FEB 2019
10 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    24 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
  • Time

    10 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Language

    Sung in Russian with English surtitles
  • Cast

    • Aleksandrs AntonenkoGherman
    • Vladimir StoyanovPrince Yeletsky
    • Felicity PalmerCountess
  • Creative

    • Pyotr Ilyich TchaikovskyMusic
    • Stefan HerheimDirector
    • Antonio PappanoConductor

Screened as part of the 2018 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season Part 2. From the Royal Opera House.

In Tchaikovsky’s intense opera of obsession and the supernatural, Gherman is caught between the woman he loves and a destructive fixation.

The Queen of Spades is based on a short story by Pushkin, and comes to the Royal Opera House in a new production that has already garnered five-star reviews in Amsterdam. The production is set in 1890, the year of the opera’s premiere. In his study, Tchaikovsky imagines the opera into life as his own story, its characters giving voice to his unful lled desires. Aleksandrs Antonenko and Eva-Maria Westbroek head the cast and Royal Opera Chorus, conducted by Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera. This is an engrossing portrayal of a tortured creative artist and a gripping piece of gothic storytelling.

 

 

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