The Ryman Healthcare Season of

A Midsummer Night's Dream

28 Oct - 11 Dec 2021

RNZB dancers Katherine Minor as Titania, Laurynas Vejalis as Oberon, Levi Teachout as Bottom and Kihiro Kusukami as Puck. Image by Ross Brown, 2020

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In association with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Let us transport you to a fantastical world of dazzling dance, music and enchantment.  Lovers, fairies, mischief and moonlight conspire in Shakespeare’s classic tale, vividly retold with sparkling steps and Mendelssohn’s famous score.

Following its hugely successful world premiere in 2015, the Royal New Zealand Ballet is thrilled to be bringing A Midsummer Night’s Dream back for Christmas 2021.

Created for the RNZB by one of the most sought-after choreographers on the international stage, Liam Scarlett, A Midsummer Night’s Dream was an overnight sensation at its premiere, with capacity audiences throughout its first New Zealand tour. Distinguished 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 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, Christchurch and Auckland will be accompanied by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Hamish McKeich, all other performances will feature an NZSO recording.

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

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

Napier, 05 November - 06 November

Municipal Theatre

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

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

Palmerston North, 11 November

Regent on Broadway

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

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

Invercargill, 24 November

Civic Theatre

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

Dunedin, 27 November

Regent Theatre

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

Auckland, 02 December - 11 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

Takapuna - Bruce Mason Centre

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

Takapuna - Bruce Mason Centre

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

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

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Liam Scarlett


Felix Mendelssohn

Music Arrangement

Nigel Gaynor


Tracy Grant Lord

Lighting Design

Kendall Smith


Hamish McKeich


New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

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