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Royal New Zealand Ballet to stream performances of Hansel & Gretel for free

Wellington, NZ. 5 November 2019. Hansel & Gretel by the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Photo credit: Stephen A’Court. COPYRIGHT ©Stephen A’Court

Royal New Zealand Ballet to stream performances of Hansel & Gretel for free

The Royal New Zealand Ballet is offering free broadcasts of performances of Hansel & Gretel, which toured around the country at the end of last year.

Royal New Zealand Ballet to stream performances of Hansel & Gretel for free

The acclaimed production was filmed live onstage at the Opera House in Wellington in November, and will be available to watch on Facebook Premiere from Friday 3 April.

Inspired by the old-fashioned magic of silent movies and music hall vaudeville, this ballet will transport you to a magical world with large-scale cinematic effects.

Hansel & Gretel was choreographed by Loughlan Prior, and featured an original score by Claire Cowan and designs by Kate Hawley.

The cast includes Kirby Selchow and Shaun James Kelly in the title roles, Katharine Precourt as The Ice Cream Witch and Paul Mathews as her monstrous alter ego, The Witch Transformed. Orchestra Wellington is in the pit, under the baton of conductor Hamish McKeich.

Wellington, NZ. 5 November 2019. Hansel & Gretel by the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Photo credit: Stephen A’Court. COPYRIGHT ©Stephen A’Court

The production will be broadcast three times over the weekend to enable audiences of all ages to enjoy performances: Friday 3 April at 7.30pm; Saturday 4 April at 1.30pm and Sunday 5 April at 10.30am.

The performance lasts one hour and 45 minutes, plus a brief interval between the two acts to make a cup of coffee and grab a slice of gingerbread.

Royal New Zealand Ballet dancers will even join you in the comments for a Q+A during the show.

For more information about how to watch live from your living room, click here: rnzb.org.nz/live

Wellington, NZ. 5 November 2019. Hansel & Gretel by the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Photo credit: Stephen A’Court. COPYRIGHT ©Stephen A’Court

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