Royal New Zealand Ballet presents
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – CANCELLED

Thu 18 November - Sat 20 November 2021
Isaac Theatre Royal
Kia ora, 

We must regretfully confirm the cancellation of the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s performance/s of A Midsummer Night’s Dream due to take place on:

18th November 7.30pm

19th November 7.30pm

20th November 1.30pm

20th November 7.30pm

The Royal New Zealand Ballet is so disappointed not to be able to perform for you, but the dancers and crew are looking forward to returning to CITY in 2022 and hopes very much that you will be in the audience. Details of the company’s 2022 season can be found here

We will shortly begin the process of refunding all ticket holders. If you have purchased tickets that have now been passed on to family or friends, we would be grateful if you could advise them of this cancellation. 

A note from the Royal New Zealand Ballet: 

Everyone working in the arts, including our dancers and production crew, are enormously affected by Covid-19 restrictions. Compared to many of our colleagues overseas we have been very lucky, but at time of writing, we have had 24 performances cancelled this year. The financial losses experienced affect not only the Royal New Zealand Ballet but also the venues in which we perform, the local crew that we contract, and the local accommodation providers and other businesses that we work with in your community. Our education, community and accessibility programme is also curtailed with events including our workshops in prisons, open classes for young dancers and workshops in schools no longer able to go ahead. 

Offering streamed performances and other events online has proved very successful, but for our artists and crew, nothing will ever come close to performing live. 

To help us recover some of our losses experienced by cancelling this national tour we would appreciate it if you could consider making a donation to the RNZB in support of future performances and events in your community. 


Stay safe.

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.