My Must-See Picks for the 2017 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season

The Fugard Theatre launched The 2017 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season with a champagne breakfast on their incredible rooftop bar and a screening of the National Theatre Live’s The Threepenny Opera last weekend. For the last 6 years, The Fugard Theatre have partnered with acclaimed production houses from all over the world to bring some of the best live-recorded theatre, ballet and opera productions to their main stage right here in heart of Cape Town.

The Fugard Theatre have once again partnered with The Royal Opera House, The Royal Ballet, The Bolshoi Ballet and The National Theatre, as well as some new additions to the programme which include The Salzburg Festival Opera, The Globe Theatre and The Royal Shakespeare Company to create a full lineup of world-class productions. These companies have produced some of the best and most talked about shows in the world.

I really enjoy watching the screenings at The Fugard Bioscope. It feels right to watch a play in a theatre, in high definition on a full size screen with excellent sound. The seats are comfortable, the staff are awesome, they serve popcorn so there’s no need to feel robbed of the traditional ‘movie theatre’ experience, the coffee station serves well made, delicious cappuccinos and best of all, the bar has a massive range of great South African wines and MCCs to rid you of the dreaded ‘Sunday Blues’.

Here are my must-see picks of the 2017 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season:

‘The Threepenny Opera’ from The National Theatre Live

Screening Date and Time: Sunday, 29 January 2017, 11am

The Threepenny Opera – Rosalie Craig, Rory Kinnear (Credit: Richard Hubert Smith)

Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s classic musical theatre piece ‘The Threepenny Opera’ is adapted by Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) and directed by Rufus Norris (Everyman, London Road). Olivier Award-winning actor Rory Kinnear stars as Mack the Knife in a new-version of this twentieth century classic.

As London’s East End scrubs up for the coronation, Mr and Mrs Peachum gear up for a bumper day in the beggary business. Keeping tight control of the city’s underground – and their daughter’s whereabouts.

After watching this at the launch of the season last weekend, I am honestly want to watch it again. It’s spunky, gritty provocative theatre at it’s best with a stellar cast and a clever, jaw-dropping set.

Hedda Gabler, The National Theatre Live

Screening Date and Time: Sunday, 30 April 2017, 11am

“I’ve no talent for life.”

Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free…

Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel.

Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge) returns to National Theatre Live screens with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece.

Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair, Jane Eyre) plays the title role in a new version by Patrick Marber (Notes on a Scandal, Closer).

Patrick Marber is one of my favourite writers of all time and when I saw he had a hand in this new-version of ‘Hedda Gabler’, I booked my ticket immediately.

Woolf Works (Credit: The Royal Opera House)

‘Woolf Works’, The Royal Ballet

Screening Date and Time: Sunday, 4 June 2017, 11am

The first revival of Wayne McGregor’s critically acclaimed ballet triptych, ‘Woolf Works’ inspired by the works of Virginia Woolf.

The pioneering literary work of Virginia Woolf is the inspiration for multi-award-winning choreographer Wayne McGregor’s brilliant triptych for The Royal Ballet. McGregor has long been at the cutting edge of ballet, working with collaborators from across the artistic world, and in this critically acclaimed work he combines themes from three of Woolf’s landmark novels – Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves – with elements of her letters, essays and diaries. Acclaimed British composer Max Richter creates a specially commissioned score incorporating electronic and live music.

The photos from this production are absolutely exquisite. I must be honest, I am judging a book by its cover here, and its cover is looking pretty fine

The Merchant of Venice, The Globe Theatre

Screening Date and Time: Sunday,  6 August 2017, 11am

Merchant of Venice – Jonathan Pryce as Sherlock (Credit: Manuel Harlan)

Portia, a wealthy heiress of Belmont, is forced to set her suitors a challenge. The winner will win her hand in marriage; the losers will lose her hand and much more.

In Venice, the epicentre of consumption, speculation and debt, Bassanio borrows money from his friend Antonio to finance his attempt to win the hand of Portia. Antonio, in turn, takes out a loan from the moneylender Shylock. The loan will be repaid when Antonio’s ships return to the city. But if they should fail, and the money cannot be repaid, Antonio shall give to Shylock a pound of his own flesh. And they do fail. And Shylock will have his ‘bond’.

Double Olivier and Tony award-winner Jonathan Pryce plays Shylock in his first appearance at Shakespeare’s Globe.

I am very excited for this screening of ‘The Merchant of Venice’. It is a great Shakespeare and it stars one of my favourite actors in Game of Thrones! This screening is bound to be one of the season highlights.

Screenings take place at 11am on selected Sunday mornings. Tickets are limited and tend to sell out quickly so it is best to book your seat asap if you spot something that sparks your interest. They cost R100 each and can be purchased through Computicket or through The Fugard Box Office on 021 461 4554.

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For the above post, I was invited as a guest of the establishment. All views and images are my own unless otherwise stated.

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