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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Following its hugely successful premiere in 2015, the Royal New Zealand Ballet is thrilled to be bringing A Midsummer Night’s Dream back for Christmas 2024.

Created for the RNZB by Liam Scarlett, A Midsummer Night’s Dream was an overnight sensation at its premiere, with capacity audiences throughout its first New Zealand tour, followed by successful performances in Hong Kong in 2016.  Distinguished New Zealand designer Tracy Grant Lord created the glorious vision of Shakespeare’s iconic characters and enchanted wood, illuminated with lighting by Kendall Smith.

Don’t miss your chance to see this sparkling, spectacular ballet when it returns to Aotearoa – a wonderful treat for young and old, lovers of dance, music and sheer theatrical magic.


St James Theatre

Pre-Performance Talk

Q&A Session

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Isaac Theatre Royal

Pre-Performance Talk

Q&A Session

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Regent Theatre

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Palmerston North

Regent on Broadway

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Municipal Theatre

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Sir Howard Morrison Centre

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Aotea Centre

Pre-Performance Talk

Q&A Session

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Bruce Mason Centre

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Behind the scenes

» If you are going to do fairies there can be no holding back, so wunderkind English choreographer Liam Scarlett unashamedly mixes, in this sparkling new production, 110 per cent magic with a gorgeous design by Tracy Grant Lord, an intricately stitched up score of Mendelssohn's music, courtesy of Nigel Gaynor, and a lighting design from Kendall Smith that animates the whole like an ongoing shower of fabulous fairy dust. «

Bernadette Rae, New Zealand Herald, 2015


Liam Scarlett


Felix Mendelssohn

Music Arranger

Nigel Gaynor

Set & Costume Design

Tracy Grant Lord

Lighting Design

Kendall Smith


Hamish McKeich


Orchestra Wellington, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia