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Away With The Fairies: A Midsummer Night's Dream

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You’ll never look at your garden the same after witnessing the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s glorious adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The epic battle between the Fairy King Oberon (MacLean Hopper) and Queen Titania (Tonia Looker) plays out on the stunningly beautiful, magic fairy-dust sprinkled Isaac Theatre Royal stage; now a luminous, ethereal, shimmering elven landscape, courtesy of the talented Tracy Grant Lord (who also rocked some serious fairy cred with the costumes, which left many of the younger female audience pining after the butterfly-wing-delicate ensembles) kept suitably mystical by Kendall Smith’s lighting.

Liam Scarlett’s seamless choreography with a youthful bent beautifully combines moments of wit with melodrama, while showcasing the stunning techniques of the talented cast en-pointe as they flit, sweep and float across the stage. Standouts include Kohei Iwamoto’s career-defining lightning in a jar performance of Puck –  as if the character had come to life from the pages of a fairy-tale – and the comedic whimsy of unlucky-in-love (in two very different instances) Helena (a bespectacled, plaited and delightfully awkward Abigail Boyle).

Masterful handling of Mendelssohn’s Incidental Music combines with music director and conductor Nigel Gaynor’s own joyous and pseudo-haunting score, which is brought to breathless life by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.

The rapturous standing ‘O’ at the curtain fall tells you all you need to know: a magical night out not to be missed!

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
27 – 29 August
Isaac Theatre Royal
Tickets at Ticketek.

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Guest 18 October 2017