An update for RNZB subscribers and other ticket holders for Venus Rising and Dangerous Liaisons

22 April 2020

We have made the decision to reschedule our Venus Rising programme, which was due to open in Wellington on 29 May, and tour to Christchurch, Dunedin, Napier, Palmerston North, Auckland and Tauranga until 5 July.

New dates and venues have now been confirmed, and performances are scheduled for August / September, replacing our previously advertised national tour of Dangerous Liaisons, which has been cancelled. Our Christmas tour, the Ryman Healthcare Season of The Sleeping Beauty, opening in Wellington on 29 October, is at present unaffected.

Please see below for new Venus Rising dates and venues. We regret very much that it is no longer possible to include Tauranga in this tour.

If you have tickets for Venus Rising and/or Dangerous Liaisons, a member of our ticketing team will be in touch with you, by phone or by email, to discuss your options. These include:

  • Transferring your Venus Rising tickets to a new Venus Rising date
  • Exchanging your Venus Rising tickets for The Sleeping Beauty
  • Exchanging your Dangerous Liaisons tickets for Venus Rising or The Sleeping Beauty
  • Receiving a refund for your Venus Rising tickets if you do not wish to transfer to a new date
  • Receiving a refund for your Dangerous Liaisons tickets if you do not wish to exchange for Venus Rising or The Sleeping Beauty
  • Donating the cost of your tickets back to the RNZB

Should the continuing situation with Covid-19 require a further change to our schedule, we will contact all ticket holders to discuss options for exchange, refund or donation. We would like to assure all ticket holders that funds from ticket sales are held in trust until after a performance has taken place. Should any performance be cancelled you will be entitled to a refund.

Please see below for a summary of date changes for Venus Rising:

  Original dates New dates
Wellington Friday 29 May, 7.30pm Thursday 20 August, 7.30pm
  Saturday 30 May, 1.30pm Friday 21 August, 7.30pm
  Saturday 30 May, 7.30pm Saturday 22 August, 1.30pm
  Sunday 31 May, 3pm Saturday 22 August, 7.30pm
Christchurch* Friday 12 June, 7.30pm Friday 28 August, 7.30pm
  Saturday 13 June, 1.30pm CANCELLED
  Saturday 13 June, 7.30pm Saturday 29 August, 7.30pm
Dunedin Wednesday 17 June, 7.30pm Saturday 5 September, 7.30pm
Palmerston North Sunday 21 June, 7.30pm Wednesday 9 September, 7.30pm
­­Napier Friday 5 June, 7.30pm Saturday 12 September, 7.30pm
  Saturday 6 June. 7.30pm Sunday 13 September, 1.30pm
Tauranga Saturday 27 June, 7.30pm CANCELLED
  Sunday 28 June, 2pm CANCELLED
Auckland* Wednesday 1 July, 7.30pm Thursday 17 September, 7.30pm
  Thursday 2 July, 7.30pm Friday 18 September, 7.30pm
  Friday 3 July, 7.30pm Saturday 19 September, 7.30pm
  Saturday 4 July, 1.30pm CANCELLED
  Saturday 4 July, 7.30pm CANCELLED
  Sunday 5 July, 3pm CANCELLED

*Please note that we also have venue changes in Christchurch and Auckland; the performances due to take place in the James Hay Theatre and the ASB Waterfront Theatre will now take place in the Isaac Theatre Royal and the Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre at the Aotea Centre.

We appreciate that everyone’s circumstances will be different and that ticket holders may like to take some time to consider different options. We will be contacting all our subscribers individually to discuss your options and to answer any questions that you might have, particularly if there has been a change of venue or performance time.

If you have purchased tickets for Venus Rising through the ASB Waterfront Theatre, a representative from their ticketing team will be in touch with you to discuss options for re-booking, refund or donating your tickets to the RNZB.

If you have booked for Venus Rising or Dangerous Liaisons through Ticketek (Christchurch, Tauranga, Napier), Ticketmaster (Wellington) or Ticket Rocket (Dunedin, Palmerston North) then you will be contacted by their representatives.

The RNZB ticketing team may be contacted via phone or email, 04 831 1056 or, 10am – 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Event pages 1200 x 1200 pixels _0015 Dancers: Soloists Sara Garbowski, Kirby Selchow, Laurynas Vėjalis. Image credit: Ross Brown