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Sunday, October 9, 2022


Rhumbelow Theatre in Durban is offering a series of splendid films from Classics Cinema on the Big Screen to ever-popular cinema titles available to members of the Rhumbelow Film Club. (Membership R200 until the end of the year and no entry fee!)

Coming up in the Classics Cinema programme will be Madama Butterfly from The Royal Opera (livestreamed on September 27, 2022) which will be screened at Rhumbelow on October 25.

Language:  Sung in Italian with English subtitles

Music: Giacomo Puccini

Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica

Directors: Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier

Set designer: Christian Fenouillat

Costume designer: Agostino Cavalca

Lighting designer: Christophe Forey

Conducted by: Nicola Luisotti


Cio-Cio-San: Maria Agresta

Lieutenant B F Pinkerton: Joshua Guerrero

Sharpless: Carlos Álvarez

Suzuki: Christine Rice

Goro: Carlo Bosi

Royal Opera Chorus

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House


‘Love cannot kill: it brings new life.’

On a starlit night in Nagasaki, these are the words spoken by American soldier Pinkerton to young geisha Cio-Cio-San. But as they both learn, words and promises carelessly spoken can have indelible consequences.

With a score that includes Butterfly’s aria, Un bel dì, vedremo (One fine day) and the Humming Chorus, Giacomo Puccini’s opera is entrancing and ultimately heart-breaking. Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s exquisite production takes inspiration from 19th-century European images of Japan.

The film will be screened on October 25, 2022, at 18h00. (Venue opens 60 minutes before show for snacks/drinks). Running time: 2 hours & 45 min  (including one interval)

Tickets R100. Food available at the venue. Bar Available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises) and there is limited secure parking.

Booking is essential – email: or book through Computicket

For more information visit or phone Roland Stansell on 082 499 8636.