Live In Your Living Room

A Midsummer Night's Dream

3 Dec - 12 Dec 2021

RNZB Artists in The Ryman Healthcare Season of A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2021. Photo by Stephen A’Court.

Watch A Midsummer Night’s Dream Online 


After high demand and a successful Wellington run of socially distanced performances, the Royal New Zealand Ballet is thrilled to bring The Ryman Healthcare Season of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for purchase and viewing Live in your Living Room!  

Due to COVID-19 lockdowns in New Zealand this spring, we couldn’t take this dazzling ballet on national tour. We are now delivering the dance, magic, and merriment online straight to your laptops, tablets, and smart TVs for audiences to enjoy across Aotearoa and worldwide. Following the success and feedback from our previous digital broadcast events, you’ll be able to experience A Midsummer Night’s Dream up close, with live stage footage enhanced by specially shot close-ups. This is ballet like you’ve never seen it before, a full cinematic experience.  

“They are a brilliant ensemble. It is a joy to see them onstage.”
~ Lyne Pringle, reviewing A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Dominion Post, 2021 

Choreographed by the late Liam Scarlett at the beginning of his short but blazingly bright international career, A Midsummer Night’s Dream was an overnight sensation at its premiere, with capacity audiences throughout its first New Zealand tour. 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. Former RNZB Music Director Nigel Gaynor’s score adds to Mendelssohn’s wonderful overture, written when the composer was just 16, together with his incidental music to the play and arrangements of Mendelssohn’s chamber music, piano solos and other orchestral works, to create a two act ballet.  

Don’t miss your chance to watch this spectacular ballet Live in your Living Room this December just in time for the holiday season – a wonderful treat for young and old, lovers of dance, music and sheer theatrical magic.  

The digital broadcast features the NZSO recording from 2015.  

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a co-production between the Royal New Zealand Ballet and Queensland Ballet.  

Available to watch online | 3 December – 12 December 



Dive into A Midsummer Night’s Dream with our free digital programme 


Cast and Credits 




Priced from $15, with a suggested price of $20, we encourage you to pay what you feel using the slider. Additional donations are possible and are very welcome. 


110 minutes 


To watch: from 9am (NZDT) Friday 3 December to 11.59pm (NZDT) Sunday 12 December 2021. 

To purchase: now until 8.59pm (NZDT) Sunday 12 December 2021 

PLEASE NOTE:  All ticket purchase and digital broadcast times are in New Zealand Daylight Time. A site such as can assist you in determining your local time relative to NZDT, if you are planning to watch from outside New Zealand. 


Tikstream is a premium digital streaming service created in Australia by the team at Studio Bravo where you can purchase access to digital broadcasts and events. 

Tikstream is a service available to people 13 years old and over. 

Your Tikstream access code can only be used on one device, so choose carefully. Please see our FAQs for any broadcast troubleshooting. 

How to buy your broadcast: 

  1. Go to Tikstream, you can find the link here, to purchase access before 8.59pm (NZDT) Sunday 12 December 
  2. Select the price you wish to pay, our minimum price is $15 but we would love it if you could contribute more, and therefore suggest $20
  3. Fill in your Name and Email address, confirm your email address and press finalise booking 
  4. Fill in your payment details – credit card or Google pay and press Pay to finalise your booking 
  5. You will be sent a unique access code and link to the email address you purchased with 
  6. You will use your unique access code and link to view the broadcast any time between 9am (NZDT) Friday 3 December to 11.59pm (NZDT) Sunday 12 December 2021 
  7. Sit back, relax and watch the magic of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in your own home 


Please note, in 2020 and 2021 we experienced many scams circulating the internet, primarily Facebook, impersonating our Live in Your Living Room campaign. Please be vigilant and only follow links from the official RNZB website,, this will take you to our official provider Tikstream. 

If you have any concerns, please email directly. If you think you may have given your credit card details to a non-legitimate website, please contact your bank immediately. 



Liam Scarlett


Clytie Campbell


Felix Mendelssohn

Music Arrangement

Nigel Gaynor


New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (recorded during 2015 season)


Nigel Gaynor

Set and Costume Design

Tracy Grant Lord

Lighting Design

Kendall Smith


Jeremy Brick, assisted by Alex Holden and Michael Auer

Our leading partners