Winter is warming up with the hot June line up at the Fugard Bioscope, The Bioscope presents screenings of the best of world theatre, opera and ballet productions from companies such as the National Theatre, Royal Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet and Royal Opera House, to be enjoyed from the comfort of a Fugard Theatre seat.
The films are screened in the Fugard’s state-of-the-art Bioscope, including a 7.1 dolby digital surround sound system and full size high definition cinema screen.
The June 2017 line up is:
4 June: The Royal Ballet’s production of WOOLF WORKS
The first revival of Wayne McGregor`s critically acclaimed ballet triptych, 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 (Infra, Sum and Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons) creates a specially commissioned score incorporating electronic and live music.
11 June: The Globe’s production of MEASURE FOR MEASURE
Vincentio, Duke of Vienna, disgusted by the immorality in his city, announces his withdrawal from public life and leaves his deputy, the puritanical Angelo, in charge. Angelo, in his zeal for observing the letter of the law, begins a ruthless programme to stamp out sexual licence, in the course of which he condemns one Claudio to death. Surely Claudio`s virginal sister Isabella, a novice nun seeking mercy for her brother, could not awake the lust of this cold, censorious man? Injustice, hypocrisy and the challenge of inflexible virtue combine in Measure for Measure, Shakespeare`s most searching exploration of sexual politics and social justice.
18 June: The National Theatre’s production of SAINT JOAN
Joan: daughter, farm girl, visionary, patriot, king-whisperer, soldier, leader, victor, icon, radical, witch, heretic, saint, martyr, woman. From the torment of the Hundred Years` War, the charismatic Joan of Arc carved a victory that defined France. Bernard Shaw`s classic play depicts a woman with all the instinct, zeal and transforming power of a revolutionary. Josie Rourke (Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Vote, Coriolanus) directs Gemma Arterton (Gemma Bovery, Nell Gwynn, Made in Dagenham) as Joan of Arc in this electrifying masterpiece.
25 June: The Royal Ballet’s THE DREAM / SYMPHONIC VARIATIONS
This gorgeous mixed programme demonstrates the great creative vision of Frederick Ashton, Founder Choreographer of The Royal Ballet. The Dream is Ashton`s adaptation of Shakespeare`s riotous comedy in which a forest sprite plays havoc, armed with a love potion. Symphonic Variations was Ashton`s first work after World War II, and one of the Company`s first to be performed on the huge main stage of the Royal Opera House, in 1946. With six dancers performing a series of quartets, duets, sextets and solos to Franck`s brooding Variations symphoniques, this seminal masterpiece celebrates the pure beauty of movement. Marguerite and Armand is Ashton`s beautiful and emotional retelling of a well-known story, familiar to us through Verdi`s opera La traviata. Ashton famously created this poignant ballet on Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev in 1963
Screenings take place at The Fugard Bioscope at 11am. Tickets cost R100 and can be booked through Computicket on 0861 915 8000, online at www.computicket.com or at any Shoprite Checkers outlet. Bookings can also be made at the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554.
The Fugard foyer bar is open from 10am, serving a range of delicious light snacks as well as the finest coffee, wine and drinks.
For further information about the programme, visit www.thefugard.com