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A Midsummer Night's Dream

28 Oct - 7 Nov 2021

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


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

COVID-19 Protocols

We will not be offering printed programmes for sale. A free digital version of the programme will be available here, and it will be emailed in advance to all ticket holders. The digital programme includes all of the detailed information that you have come to expect from our printed programmes, together with additional video content and links.

Free Digital Programme

All external doors will be in use so that you can access your seats by the most direct route. You will be advised of your door, and the time that it will open, in advance. Please check your tickets and keep an eye out for emails from our ticketing team.

Opera House Entrances



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.


We are not currently processing bookings, if you would like to book to see a Wellington performance please e-mail letting us know how many people you would like to book for, if you are in the same or different bubbles and any preferred dates.  We will be in touch as soon as possible to let you know availability.

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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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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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