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Bookings open for the Fugard Bioscope National Theatre Encore Season

The popular Fugard Bioscope has announced an exciting encore line up for the holidays with The National Theatre Encore Season.

The National Theatre Encore Season is a chance to re-experience some of the most popular recorded live theatre titles of the 2017 bioscope season, featuring the best of British theatre screenings as well as some new titles from the comfort of a Fugard Theatre seat, with its full size high definition cinema screen and 7.1 Dolby digital surround sound system. The productions are filmed live, transporting you directly into the heart of the action on stage. “Theatres such as the National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic and the Barbican Theatre are world leaders in the creation of theatre,” says Greg Karvellas, Resident Director and General Manager of the Fugard Theatre. “We are delighted to be able to bring this magic to Cape Town audiences with The National Theatre Encore Season. We have also included some Monday night slots for additional viewing in addition to our Sunday morning screenings. Look out for further announcements soon about the programme for the 2018 Cinema Season.”

Here is the line-up: 

Sunday 17 December 2017 – 11:00 – Twelfth Night 

Saturday 23 December 2017 – 10:00 –  Peter Pan 

Sunday 7 January 2018 – 11:00 – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf 

Sunday 14 January – 11:00 – Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

Monday 15 January – 19:00 – Angels in America  PT 1

Sunday 21 January – 11:00 – Obsession

Monday 22 January – 19:00 – Angels in America – PT 2

Sunday 28 January – 11:00 – Amadeus

Niky Wardley as MariaTamsin Greig as Malvolia in Twelfth Night which will be screened at the Fugard Bioscope on 17 December. Image by Marc Brenner

Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare‘s classic comedy of mistaken identity, Twelfth Night. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything is possible. Simon Godwin (NT Live: Man and Superman, NT Live: The Beaux`Stratagem) directs this joyous new production. “Fabulously funny, dazzling and finely tuned” – Radio Times.

Anna Francolini as Captain Hook and the Peter Pan company in Peter Pan, which will be screened at the Fugard Bioscope on Saturday 23 December. Photo by Steve Tanner

Peter Pan is a delight for all the family. JM Barrie‘s much-loved tale of Peter Pan and the Lost Boys, Wendy, Tinker Bell, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook in a riot of magic, music and make-believe. Sally Cookson (NT Live: Jane Eyre) directs this wondrously inventive production, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre. “Delightful. Magic, Unforgettable.”The Guardian.

Imelda Staunton in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf which will be screened at the Fugard Bioscope on Sunday 7 January. Photo by Johan Persson

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf – Sonia Friedman Productions present Imelda Staunton (Gypsy, Vera Drake, the Harry Potter films), Conleth Hill (Game Of Thrones, The Producers), Luke Treadaway (A Street Cat Named Bob, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Hollow Crown) and Imogen Poots (A Long Way Down, Jane Eyre) in James Macdonald’s critically acclaimed, multiple five star production of Edward Albee‘s landmark play, broadcast from the Harold Pinter Theatre, London.

Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead which will be screened at the Fugard Bioscope on Sunday 14 January. Photo by Manuel Harlan

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead – David Leveaux‘s new production marks the 50th anniversary of the play that made a young Tom Stoppard‘s name overnight. Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman in Black), Joshua McGuire (The Hour) and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Witness for the Prosecution) star in this brilliantly funny situation comedy, broadcast from The Old Vic theatre in London.

Andrew Garfield and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett in Angels in America which will be screened at the Fugard Bioscope on Monday 15 January (part 1) and Monday 22 January (part 2)

The new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play Angels in America is directed by Olivier and Tony award-winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse). America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass). “A start-to-finish sensation” – Daily Telegraph.

Jude Law and Halina Reijn in Obsession which will be screened on Sunday 21 January at the Fugard Bioscope. Photo by Jan Versweyveld

In ObsessionJude Law (The Young Pope, Closer, The Talented Mr Ripley) stars in this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti‘s 1943 film, broadcast from the Barbican Theatre. Ivo van Hove (NT Live: A View from the Bridge, Hedda Gabler) directs. Gino is a drifter, down-at-heel and magnetically handsome. At a roadside restaurant, he encounters husband and wife, Giuseppe and Giovanna. Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband. But, in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart.

A scene from Amadeus, centre Lucian Msamati – Antonio Salieri. Amadeus will be screened at the Fugard Bioscope on Sunday 28 January, Image by Marc Brenner

Music. Power. Jealousy. Lucian Msamati (Luther, Game of Thrones, NT Live: The Comedy of Errors) plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, Amadeus filmed at the National Theatre, and with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world – and he`s determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music, and ultimately, with God. Five stars from the Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Time Out, Independent, and The Stage

Tickets for the Bioscope are limited and sell out quickly so don’t delay to book your seat. Tickets cost R100 and can be booked through Computicket on 0861 915 8000, online at or at any Shoprite Checkers outlet. Bookings can also be made at the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554The Fugard foyer bar is open from 10:00 on Sundays and 18:00 on Mondays, serving a range of delicious light snacks as well as the finest coffee, wine and drinks. The Fugard Theatre is situated in the heart of District Six, on the corner of Harrington and Caledon Streets, Cape Town. Harrington Street car park is located at the corner of Caledon and Harrington streets and is available for the use of Fugard Bioscope patrons. For further information about the National Theatre Encore Season and future announcements regarding the 2018 Cinema Season, visit

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