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The Meridian Season of Don Quixote

The Meridian Season of Don Quixote

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Sir Jon Trimmer as Don Quixote, photography by Maarten Holl


A star-studded family adventure

Sir Jon Trimmer is thrilled to be playing the lead role in the Royal New Zealand Ballet's vibrant, new production of Don Quixote.

The ballet veteran and crowd-favourite is celebrating 50 years of performing with the RNZB this year, and says being offer the role of "The Don" is a dream come true.

"I was thrilled and honoured to be asked to play the role of Don Quixote. These days I tend to mainly play old ladies and witches so it will be nice to be the hero for once, even an aging, addled and confused one," jokes the 69-year-old.

Sir Jon first joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet in 1958, just five years after the company was founded. Over the years his skills and dedication to dance have made him a household name.

"I hope I'm still going strong and performing when I'm 80," Trimmer says.

He will be joined on stage in Don Quixote by special guest star and expat New Zealander, Marc Cassidy from The Australian Ballet and former RNZB principal dancer Shannon Dawson.

Designed by RNZB artist director Gary Harris, Don Quixote is a family-friendly ballet featuring the best of classical dance technique set to the sparkling melodies of revered composer Ludwig Minkus.

The story follows the confused and ageing Don, together with his young nephew Sancho, as they encounter the devious Gamache with his consort of rough and ready street dancers, the beautiful but feisty Kitri; her young, penniless lover Basilio; Kitri's father - a pretentious café owner, and a tribe of wild gypsies.

A secret lover's tryst, a robbery, visions and dreams, and a celebratory wedding add excitement to this fun adventure. Don Quixote is one of the great comedic ballets of all time, so join the Royal New Zealand Ballet for this fun night out.

  • Sir John Trimmer – An Exceptional NZer

  • Stars of Don Quixote

  • Staging and Design: Gary Harris

    Additional Choreography: Adrian Burnett (after Petipa)

    Music: Ludwig Minkus

    Lighting Design: Jon Buswell

    For further information or images contact Robyn McLean, Communications Specialist on or 04 381 9018 (Season Dates below)

    The Meridian Season of Don Quixote performance dates

    Wellington 31 October - 8 November

    Featuring the Vector Wellington Orchestra

    St James Theatre

    Invercargill 11 - 12 November

    Civic Theatre

    Dunedin 15 - 16 November

    Featuring the Southern Sinfonia

    Regent Theatre

    Christchurch 19 - 22 November

    Featuring the Christchurch Symphony

    Isaac Theatre Royal

    Palmerston North 25 - 26 November

    Regent Theatre on Broadway

    Napier 29 - 30 November

    Municipal Theatre

    Auckland 3 - 7 December

    Featuring the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

    Aotea Centre at THE EDGE®

    Hamilton 10 -11 December

    Founders Theatre


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