The Ryman Healthcare Season of

The Nutcracker

31 Oct - 15 Dec 2018

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Christmas comes but once a year, and for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Christmas 2018 will be extra special, as we stage a national tour of The Nutcracker for the first time since 2010. Offering festive enchantment for all ages, this is a Christmas gift for all the family.

Our story begins on Christmas Eve, as Tchaikovsky’s fairy-tale music fills the air and Clara is given a nutcracker doll by her mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer. Falling asleep on the sofa, she dreams a Christmas dream of magic and romance…

As the clock strikes midnight, the drawing room is transformed into a battleground. Skirmishes break out between toy soldiers, led by the brave Nutcracker, and the motley crew of mice who emerge from the shadows of the skirting boards. All seems lost, but clever Clara saves the day, and the handsome Nutcracker Prince sweeps her away on a snowy journey to the enchanted Marzipan Castle.

Welcomed to the magical kingdom by the Sugar Plum Fairy, Clara and her Prince are captivated by dances representing tea, coffee, chocolate, marzipan and flowers. The dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy brings the entertainment to a climax in one of ballet’s most beloved showpieces.

As the night ends, Clara awakes on Christmas morning, knowing that the sweetest memories are made with those whom we love.

Tchaikovsky’s magical and much-loved score will be performed live in Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland and Dunedin; a specially-made recording will accompany performances in other centres.

Dates and times


Wellington, 31 October - 04 November

The Opera House - with live Orchestra


Wednesday 31st October 7:30pm Buy tickets


Thursday 1st November 7:30pm Buy tickets


Friday 2nd November 7:30pm Free Pre-Performance Talk Buy tickets


Saturday 3rd November 1:30pm Free Post-Matinee Q&A Buy tickets


Saturday 3rd November 7:30pm With Warm Up, Curtain Up Buy tickets


Sunday 4th November 4:00pm Buy tickets

Blenheim, 08 November - 09 November

ASB Theatre, Marlborough


Thursday 8th November 7:30pm Buy tickets


Friday 9th November 7:30pm With Warm Up, Curtain Up Buy tickets

Invercargill, 14 November

Civic Theatre


Wednesday 14th November 7:30pm With Warm Up, Curtain Up Buy tickets

Dunedin, 17 November - 18 November

Regent Theatre - with live Orchestra


Saturday 17th November 7:30pm With Warm Up, Curtain Up Buy tickets


Sunday 18th November 1:30pm Buy tickets

Christchurch, 22 November - 24 November

Isaac Theatre Royal - with live Orchestra


Thursday 22nd November 7:30pm With Warm Up, Curtain Up Buy tickets


Friday 23rd November 7:30pm Free Pre-Performance Talk Buy tickets


Saturday 24th November 1:30pm Free Post-Matinee Q&A Buy tickets


Saturday 24th November 7:30pm With Warm Up, Curtain Up Buy tickets

Palmerston North, 28 November

Regent on Broadway


Wednesday 28th November 7:30pm With Warm Up, Curtain Up Buy tickets

Napier, 01 December - 02 December

Municipal Theatre


Saturday 1st December 7:30pm With Warm Up, Curtain Up Buy tickets


Sunday 2nd December 4:00pm Buy tickets

Auckland city, 06 December - 09 December

The Civic - with live Orchestra


Thursday 6th December 7:30pm Buy tickets


Friday 7th December 7:30pm Free Pre-Performance Talk Buy tickets


Saturday 8th December 1:30pm Free Post-Matinee Q&A Buy tickets


Saturday 8th December 7:30pm With Warm Up, Curtain Up Buy tickets


Sunday 9th December 3:00pm Buy tickets

Takapuna, 14 December - 15 December

Bruce Mason Centre


Friday 14th December 7:30pm Free Pre-Performance Talk Buy tickets


Saturday 15th December 1:30pm Free Post-Matinee Q&A Buy tickets


Saturday 15th December 7:30pm With Warm Up, Curtain Up Buy tickets

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Credits


Orchestras

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

Conductor

Hamish McKeich

Choreography

Val Caniparoli

Music

Pyotr IlyichTchaikovsky

Set design

Michael Auer and Andrew Lees

Costume design

Assisted by Patricia Barker

Lighting Design

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