The Ryman Healthcare Season of

Romeo and Juliet

16 Aug - 24 Sep 2017

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RNZB dancers Katherine Grange, wearing dress by Hailwood, and Joseph Skelton wearing suit by Studio W, David Jones. Photo by Ross Brown

A sunlit piazza, the candlelit corner of a noble ballroom, a moonlit balcony… when young lovers meet, the world is stilled… then changed forever.

Artistic Director and choreographer Francesco Ventriglia creates a new version of the world’s greatest love story, especially for the Royal New Zealand Ballet: the company’s first new production of Romeo and Juliet since 2003. Inspired by Franco Zeffirelli’s classic 1968 film, this will be a hot-blooded, passionate re-telling of Shakespeare’s play that is sure to resonate with lovers of dance, drama and pure romance.

Academy Award winning designer James Acheson (The Last Emperor, Dangerous Liaisons, Restoration) will bring Renaissance Verona to life in all its vitality and splendour, from the blazing battles of the Capulets and Montagues to the lovers’ heart-breaking youth and beauty.

Prokofiev’s instantly recognisable score will be performed live in Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland and Dunedin; a specially-made recording will accompany performances in other centres.

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

The Ryman Healthcare Season of Romeo and Juliet is a Partner Event of Christchurch Arts Festival

Conductor:  Hamish McKeich

Dates and times


Wellington, 16 August - 20 August

St James Theatre


Wednesday 16th August 7:30pm World premiere Buy tickets


Thursday 17th August 7:30pm Buy tickets


Saturday 19th August 1:30pm with free post-performance Q&A Buy tickets


Saturday 19th August 7:30pm with Warm Up, Curtain Up! Buy tickets


Sunday 20th August 4:00pm Buy tickets

Christchurch, 25 August - 26 August

Isaac Theatre Royal


Friday 25th August 7:30pm with free pre-performance talk Buy tickets


Saturday 26th August 1:30pm with free post-performance Q&A Buy tickets


Saturday 26th August 7:30pm with Warm Up, Curtain Up! Buy tickets

Auckland, 30 August - 03 September

ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre


Wednesday 30th August 7:30pm Buy tickets


Thursday 31st August 7:30pm Buy tickets


Friday 1st September 7:30pm with free pre-performance talk Buy tickets


Saturday 2nd September 1:30pm with free post-performance Q&A Buy tickets


Saturday 2nd September 7:30pm with Warm Up, Curtain Up! Buy tickets


Sunday 3rd September 4:00pm Audio Described performance Buy tickets

Rotorua, 08 September - 09 September

Civic Theatre


Friday 8th September 7:30pm Buy tickets


Saturday 9th September 7:30pm with Warm Up, Curtain Up! Buy tickets

Dunedin, 13 September - 14 September

Regent Theatre


Wednesday 13th September 7:30pm Buy tickets


Thursday 14th September 7:30pm with Warm Up, Curtain Up! Buy tickets

Invercargill, 17 September

Civic Theatre


Sunday 17th September 7:30pm with Warm Up, Curtain Up! Buy tickets

Palmerston North, 21 September

Regent on Broadway


Thursday 21st September 7:30pm with Warm Up, Curtain Up! Buy tickets

Napier, 24 September

Napier Municipal Theatre


Sunday 24th September 7:30pm with Warm Up, Curtain Up! Buy tickets

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Credits


Choreography

Francesco Ventriglia

Costume & set design

James Acheson

Music

Sergei Prokofiev

Music arranged by

Nigel Gaynor

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