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Royal NZ Ballet's Romeo And Juliet 'World Class'

July 2008

A “world class’’ production – Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet opens to acclaim



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Ballroom scene. Photography by Maarten Holl

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CRITICS are raving about the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s production of Romeo & Juliet which opened in Palmerston North last week, calling it a “world class production”.

Often described as one of the world’s greatest love stories, the Shakespearean classic follows two young lovers caught between their warring families

Set to Prokofiev’s dramatic score, the RNZB’s production of Romeo & Juliet stars guest dancers Amy Hollingsworth and Cameron McMillan in the lead roles.

Both former RNZB dancers now based in London, the duo will make their anticipated return to the stage tonight in Auckland.

Choreographed by Christopher Hampson (Cinderella), this highly visual and sleek production is inspired by the look of Fellini’s La Dolce Vita and Baz Luhrmann’s film version of the tragic tale.

Designed by Auckland’s Tracy Grant Lord, it features a dynamic colour palette, the more than 200 costumes look as if they have been lifted from the pages of Vogue magazine.

Following its successful 2003 debut season in New Zealand, the RNZB’s Romeo & Juliet toured the UK where it received a prestigious Laurence Olivier award nomination for Best New Production.

Romeo & Juliet opens at Auckland's Aotea Centre at THE EDGE tonight. It will then tour to Napier, Invercargill, Christchurch and Wellington.

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“The [RNZB] have surpassed themselves in delivering a world class performance brilliantly conceived and given contemporary relevance”

John Daly-Peoples, National Business Review

“Outstanding” Manawatu Standard

“If this were the only Romeo and Juliet I ever saw, I’d die happy” The Independent, UK


_Romeo & Juliet performance dates

PALMERSTON NORTH – Regent on Broadway
Featuring the Vector Wellington Orchestra
Friday 18 July 7:30pm
Saturday 19 July 6:30pm
Book at TicketDirect 0800 484 253
Adult $45 - $75 Child $27 - $45
Concession $40.50 - $67.50

AUCKLAND - Aotea Centre at THE EDGE
Featuring the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
Wednesday 23 July 7:30pm
Thursday 24 July 7:30pm
Friday 25 July 7:30pm
Saturday 26 July 2:30pm & 7:30pm
Sunday 27 July 6:30pm
Book at Ticketek 0800 842 538
Adult $35 - $85 Child $21 - $51
Concession $31.50 - $76.50

NAPIER – Municipal Theatre
Friday 1 August 7:30pm
Saturday 2 August 7:30pm
Sunday 3 August 6:30pm
Book at TicketDirect 0800 484 253
Adult $45 - $65 Child $27 - $39
Concession $40.50 - $58.50

INVERCARGILL – Civic Theatre
Thursday 7 August 7:30pm
Friday 8 August 7:30pm
Saturday 9 August 7:30pm
Book at ICC Booking Office 03 211 1692
Adult $35 - $55 Child $21 - $33
Concession $31.50 - $49.50

CHRISTCHURCH – Isaac Theatre Royal
Featuring the Christchurch Symphony
Wednesday 13 August 7:30pm
Thursday 14 August 7:30pm
Friday 15 August 7:30pm
Saturday 16 August 2:30pm & 7:30pm
Book at Ticketek 0800 842 538
Adult $47 - $77 Child $28.20 - $46.20
Concession $42.30 - $69.30

WELLINGTON – St James Theatre
Featuring the Vector Wellington Orchestra
Wednesday 20 August 7:30pm
Thursday 21 August 7:30pm
Friday 22 August 7:30pm
Saturday 23 August 2:30pm & 7:30pm
Sunday 24 August 6:30pm
Book at Ticketek 0800 842 538
Adult $35 - $85 Child $21 - $51
Concession $31.50 - $76.50

Meridian - National Sponsor of the Royal New Zealand Ballet

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