RNZB premieres ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Liam ScarlettThe Royal New Zealand Ballet’s domestic season will conclude with an artistic coup: The Vodafone Season of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a world premiere from exciting young British choreographer Liam Scarlett in his first major full-length commission for a company outside the United Kingdom.


Scarlett, who currently serves as The Royal Ballet’s Artist in Residence, has been working with RNZB for the last month in the company’s Wellington studio. His collaborators include Set and Costume Designer Tracy Grant Lord (known for Cinderella and Romeo and Juliet) and Music Director Nigel Gaynor of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream, based on Shakespeare’s play and with Felix Mendelssohn’s wonderful incidental music, will come alive with Scarlett’s musical, witty choreography, colored by Lighting Designer Kendall Smith (known for Giselle).


Tickets start at just $35. For more information, visit www.rnzb.org.nz. See tour dates below.


Wellington – St James Theatre

20–23 August

With the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra


Christchurch – Isaac Theatre Royal

27–29 August

With the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra


Auckland City – ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre

2–6 September

With the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra


Rotorua – Civic Theatre

10 September


Palmerston North – Regent on Broadway

16 September


Napier – Napier Municipal Theatre

19–20 September


Photo: RNZB dancer MacLean Hopper in rehearsal as Oberon, King of the Fairies, with fellow dancer Tonia Looker as Titania, Queen of the Fairies. He described this moment as, “Loving ourselves stupid.” Photo courtesy of RNZB.