Covid-19 Protocols

We are delighted to let you know that, with the support of WellingtonNZ and Venues Wellington, we are able to proceed with our scheduled performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Opera House, opening on Thursday 28 October. These are the protocols that we are putting in place to ensure your safety and comfort at the theatre.

  • Audience numbers will be strictly limited.
  • There will be a minimum of one metre between ticket holders.
  • You will be seated with members of your household; we may separate some larger groups involving different households but will keep you as close as possible to your friends.
  • You are required to wear a mask throughout.
  • To minimise crowding in the foyers, bars will not be open but you are welcome to bring your own bottled water and appropriate snacks (no alcohol, noisy, hot or smelly food please).
  • Venues Wellington will have free water available on all levels of the theatre.
  • Bathrooms and all high touch surfaces will be frequently cleaned.
  • All external doors will be in use so that you can access your seats by the most direct route. You will be advised of your door, and the time that it will open, in advance.

In addition:

  • We will not be offering printed programmes for sale, but will email a digital version of the programme, in advance, to all ticket holders, together with casting for the performance that you are attending. This will include all of the detailed information that you have come to expect from our printed programmes, together with additional video content.
  • Our pre-performance talks will be available online, with the opportunity for audience members to submit questions in advance.
  • Post-matinee Q&As with cast members will still take place, with the option to ask questions via text rather than with a microphone handed around the audience.
  • The length of the interval will be reduced; there will still be time for a quick bathroom trip but otherwise you are encouraged to stay seated until the end of the performance. The total duration will be under two hours.
The Vodafone Season of A Midsummer Night's Dream, by the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Tonia Looker as Titania and Harry Skinner as Bottom. Photo credit: Stephen A’Court.

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