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Don Quixote ready for Spanish summer tour

October 2008

Don Quixote ready for Spanish summer tour

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Sir Jon Trimmer in Don Quixote


Love, laughter, dreams and adventure under the Barcelona sun are brought to life in a riot of bright colours in the Meridian Season of Don Quixote, opening this month.

To mark his remarkable 50-year career with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Sir Jon Trimmer will star as “The Don”. He’ll be joined by a colourful cast of characters and guest stars, who will bring this hilarious, riotous tale to life.

Sir Jon, 69, joined the RNZB in 1958 and has gone on to achieve an international following. In 1999 he received a knighthood for services to ballet.

He was recently named as a finalist in the Arts section of the Wellingtonian of the Year Awards, and honoured with an event at Government House.

Sir Jon will be joined on stage in Don Quixote by guest stars former RNZB principal dancer Shannon Dawson and ex-pat New Zealander, Marc Cassidy from The Australian Ballet.

Clytie Campbell in Don Quixote by RNZB


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.

Staging and Design: Gary Harris
Additional Choreography: Adrian Burnett (after Petipa)
Music: Ludwig Minkus
Lighting Design: Jon Buswell

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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