The Ryman Healthcare Season of

A Midsummer Night's Dream

28 Oct - 7 Nov 2021

RNZB dancers in A Midsummer Night's Dream 2015. Photo: Stephen A’Court.

Due to the ongoing restrictions on live performances, and mindful of the need to limit all but essential travel, the Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) must regretfully announce the cancellation of all performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that were due to take place outside Wellington.


Performances in Wellington will be going ahead as planned, albeit with some changes, with social distancing measures in place.

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Let the Royal New Zealand Ballet transport you to a fantastical world of dazzling dance, music and enchantment. Following its hugely successful world premiere in 2015, the RNZB is thrilled to be bringing A Midsummer Night’s Dream back for Christmas 2021. Lovers, fairies, mischief and moonlight conspire in Shakespeare’s classic tale, vividly retold with sparkling steps and Mendelssohn’s famous score.

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 see this spectacular ballet when it returns to Aotearoa – a wonderful treat for young and old, lovers of dance, music and sheer theatrical magic.

Performances in Wellington will feature the NZSO recording from 2015.

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

Performance duration: 110 minutes, including a 10 minute interval

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Dates and times

Wellington, 28 October - 31 October

Opera House

Thursday 28th October 7:30pm

Friday 29th October 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk

Saturday 30th October 1:30pm Post-Matinee Q+A

Saturday 30th October 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up

Sunday 31st October 3:00pm

(CANCELLED) Napier, 05 November - 06 November

Municipal Theatre

Friday 5th November 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk

Saturday 6th November 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up

(CANCELLED) Palmerston North, 11 November

Regent on Broadway

Thursday 11th November 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk and Warm Up, Curtain Up

(CANCELLED) Christchurch, 18 November - 20 November

Isaac Theatre Royal

Thursday 18th November 7:30pm

Friday 19th November 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk

Saturday 20th November 1:30pm Post-Matinee Q+A

Saturday 20th November 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up

(CANCELLED) Invercargill, 24 November

Civic Theatre

Wednesday 24th November 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up

(CANCELLED) Dunedin, 27 November

Regent Theatre

Saturday 27th November 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up

(CANCELLED) Auckland City, 02 December - 05 December

Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre

Thursday 2nd December 7:30pm

Friday 3rd December 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk

Saturday 4th December 1:30pm Post-Matinee Q+A

Saturday 4th December 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up

Sunday 5th December 3:00pm

(CANCELLED) Takapuna, 10 December - 11 December

Bruce Mason Centre

Friday 10th December 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk

Bruce Mason Centre

Saturday 11th December 1:30pm Post-Matinee Q+A

Saturday 11th December 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up




Liam Scarlett


Felix Mendelssohn

Music Arrangement

Nigel Gaynor


Tracy Grant Lord

Lighting Design

Kendall Smith


Paul Christ


New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

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