December, 2019

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Fri13Dec7:30 pmHansel and Gretel - Royal New Zealand Ballet at the Bruce Mason CentreMore dates7:30 pm Bruce Mason CentreType:TheatreWhere:Central AucklandAges:School age children (5 to 12 years),Teens (13 to 18 years),Tweens (10 to 12 years)

Hansel and Gretal RNZB


(Friday) 7:30 pm


Bruce Mason Centre

Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna, Auckland

Future dates

Friday 13 December 2019 7:30 pmSaturday 14 December 2019 1:30 pmSaturday 14 December 2019 7:30 pm

Event Details

Faint starlight peeps through the dark forest canopy. It is midnight: the witching hour. Alone and lost, two hungry children stumble towards a glowing vision of warmth and comfort, heaven for any child with an empty belly and an aching heart. But all is not as it seems…

For Christmas 2019, the Royal New Zealand Ballet is proud to present a new two-act ballet by Loughlan Prior, with a specially commissioned score by Claire Cowan. This major premiere brings together many of New Zealand’s creative talents to tell a timeless tale for audiences young and old.

Claire Cowan is at the forefront of compositional talent in New Zealand. She has received significant commissions and awards from orchestras such as the Auckland Philharmonia and the NZSO National Youth Orchestra, recently winning a prestigious Silver Scroll for her Television series soundtrack “Hillary”. Her classical concert work is unique in that it seamlessly merges art music and popular idioms, offering a strong connection to audiences. Since 2010, Claire has directed the popular Blackbird Ensemble, a theatrical orchestra dedicated to performing rarely heard music of all genres. Hansel and Gretel will be the first full length ballet score ever commissioned from a female composer in RNZB’s history, performed live by Orchestra Wellington, the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra; a specially-made recording will accompany performances in other centres.

Performance Times

Friday 13 December 2019 at 7:30pm with a free pre-performance talk

Saturday 14 December 2019 at 1:30pm with Q&A session

Saturday 14 December 2019 at 7:30pm with Warm up, curtain up.



Children $35 to $45

Students and Seniors $62.10 to $76.50

Adults $69 to $85


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