The Ryman Healthcare Season of

A Midsummer Night's Dream

28 Oct - 11 Dec 2021

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

In association with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

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, Christchurch and Auckland will be accompanied by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Hamish McKeich, all other performances 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: 120 minutes, including a 20 minute interval

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Dates and times


Wellington, 28 October - 31 October

Opera House


Thursday 28th October 7:30pm
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Friday 29th October 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk
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Saturday 30th October 1:30pm Post-Matinee Q+A
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Saturday 30th October 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up
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Sunday 31st October 3:00pm
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Napier, 05 November - 06 November

Municipal Theatre


Friday 5th November 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk
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Saturday 6th November 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up
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Palmerston North, 11 November

Regent on Broadway


Thursday 11th November 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk and Warm Up, Curtain Up
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Christchurch, 18 November - 20 November

Isaac Theatre Royal


Thursday 18th November 7:30pm
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Friday 19th November 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk
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Saturday 20th November 1:30pm Post-Matinee Q+A
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Saturday 20th November 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up
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Invercargill, 24 November

Civic Theatre


Wednesday 24th November 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up
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Dunedin, 27 November

Regent Theatre


Saturday 27th November 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up
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Auckland City, 02 December - 05 December

Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre


Thursday 2nd December 7:30pm
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Friday 3rd December 7:30pm Pre-Performance Talk
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Saturday 4th December 1:30pm Post-Matinee Q+A
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Saturday 4th December 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up
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Sunday 5th December 3:00pm
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Takapuna, 10 December - 11 December

Bruce Mason Centre


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


Saturday 11th December 1:30pm Post-Matinee Q+A
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Saturday 11th December 7:30pm Warm Up, Curtain Up
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Credits


Choreography

Liam Scarlett

Music

Felix Mendelssohn

Music Arrangement

Nigel Gaynor

Design

Tracy Grant Lord

Lighting Design

Kendall Smith

Conductor

Paul Christ

Orchestra

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

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