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Access for all

The RNZB is committed to making our services and performances available to all New Zealanders.


In a first for New Zealand, and thanks to Auckland Live, we are delighted to offer a live audio description of Romeo & Juliet for blind and visually impaired patrons at the performance on Sunday 3 September.

2.30pm     Pre show Touch Tour
(including an introduction to ballet terminology)

4pm            Performance  

This performance gives blind or visually impaired patrons the opportunity to attend a performance of The Ryman Healthcare Season of Romeo & Juliet with trained audio describer Nicola Owen broadcasting live commentary during the ballet which patrons will hear through an earpiece.

A FREE Touch Tour and an introduction to ballet terminology will be held before the show where patrons can walk through the set, touch set pieces, feel costumes, handle key props and learn more about the production. They will also familiarise themselves with the various ballet terms and discover the shapes and quality of the movements from the ballet with the aid of RNZB Dance Educator Pagan Dorgan.

There are seats reserved for Audio Described patrons. Tickets for these seats range from $38.00 to $48.00 with a free companion ticket made available if required. Children ticket $25. Guide dogs are welcome. Tickets and headsets can be collected from the Air NZ Foyer on level 5 at 3.15pm.

How to book
To book your tickets for this performance call the Ticketmaster Group Booking line on 09 970 9745 or email
A $5 service fee applies if booking over the phone.  When booking please ensure that you tell staff how many headsets you will need, if you plan on attending the free Touch Tour and Dance Workshop before the show, and if you are bringing a guide dog.

More about Romeo & Juliet

Nicola Owen – Audio Describer
Nicola Owen is one of the first trained Audio Describers in New Zealand. She has worked as an Audio Describer since 2011 and she has described live shows including musicals, opera and awards ceremonies. She has also led a series of Audio Described guided walks and Gallery/Museum tours for groups of blind people. She even coordinated social events for the Association of Blind Citizens Auckland branch, of which she is an associate member. She is a qualified rehabilitation worker for working with blind people and has experience in teaching sighted guiding skills. She recently led her first Audio Describer training for Arts Access Aotearoa.


The RNZB, in collaboration with the Vodafone Events Centre, is proud to offer this year a sensory-friendly performance for patrons with disabilities.

It’s aimed at children and adults who would benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including (but no limited to) those with autistic spectrum conditions, anyone with sensory and communication disorders or a learning disability. This means that there is a more casual-than-usual approach to front-of-house etiquette and there is a more relaxed attitude to noise (voluntary and involuntary) in the auditorium, in order to reduce anxiety and ensure a safe and enjoyable theatre visit.

This event will present a programme of ballet excerpts, complete with costumes and make-up and conclude with the opportunity for the public to see the costumes close-up and ask questions to the dancers as they mingle in the foyer.

To prepare your visit to the theatre, you will have access to a pre-visit social story.

Auckland (Manukau) – Vodafone Events Centre
Friday 2 June, 1pm
* Full transport subsidy available. Limited slots on a first come, first serve basis.

This event is one hour long performance and is free of charge.

Book now for this very special session so you don’t miss out!
How to book
Please contact Tiana at the Vodafone Events Centre on


To celebrate the NZSL Week and in collaboration with Deaf Aotearoa, the RNZB is offering a special free tour to the Deaf community.

When: Wednesday 10th May 2017, 10.30am – 11.30am
Where: St. James Theatre, 77 – 83 Courtenay Place, Wellington
Cost: Free
Booking is essential and places are limited.

Join this interpreted behind de scenes tour of the home of the RNZB. See how our costumes are made and watch the dancers as they rehearse in the studios. Learn about the fascinating history of your national ballet company.

For more information or to book, please contact:
Pascale Parenteau, Education & Community Manager
DDI: (04) 381 9001

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