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Macbeth on the big screen at The Fugard

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This weekend The Fugard screens Macbeth as part of their World Opera and Ballet Season.

Verdi’s lifelong love affair with Shakespeare first took wing with Macbeth in 1847. The composer thought the play ‘one of the greatest creations of man’ and, along with his librettist Piave, set out to make of it, ‘something out of the ordinary’ on the operatic stage. Musically, Verdi’s masterstrokes were the macabre choruses for the witches, the evocative orchestral colours and the increased role for the ‘ugly and evil’ Lady Macbeth. Phyllida Lloyd’s production, last presented by The Royal Opera in 2006, uses Verdi’s 1865 revision, especially noted for Lady Macbeth’s great aria ‘La luce langue’ and the wonderful Act IV opening chorus, and brings out the dark motivations of the Macbeths and the light of justice for those they wrong. Macbeth will be screened at 16h00 on Saturday and Sunday this weekend.

Last year the Fugard Theatre, in the heart of District 6, was furnished with state-of-the-art Digital Cinema and Surround Sound equipment to transform the theatre into a magnificent Bioscope when required. The World Opera and Ballet screenings are presented in full high definition, with 5.1 digital dolby surround sound.

The remaining 2011 / 2012 screening dates are:
14 and 15 April 2012: Macbeth  (Opera ROH: Verdi) with an interval
20 and 27 May 2012: Cosi fan tutte (Opera ROH: Mozart) with an interval

The Fugard Theatre will shortly announce their exciting 2012 / 2013 World Opera and Ballet Season and patrons can look forward to an extended slate of recorded presentations from around the world.

Tickets cost R100.00 per person per screening. Bookings are via Computicket and the Fugard Theatre Box Office 021 461 4554. There is secure parking in the Harrington Street car park located at the corner of Caledon and Harrington streets and is available for the use of theatre patrons.

The 280-seater Fugard Theatre is located within the historic Sacks Futeran building in Cape Town’s District Six, with the renovated Congregational Church Hall in Caledon Street as its entrance. Construction of The Fugard Theatre was underwritten by its founding producer Eric Abraham, and is named in honour of Athol Fugard, South Africa’s greatest playwright.   ENDS