Starting this Friday, 3 April, the Royal New Zealand Ballet will offer free broadcasts of recent performances via Facebook Premiere.
First up will be Christmas 2019’s acclaimed production of Hansel & Gretel, choreographed by Loughlan Prior, with an original score by Claire Cowan and designs by Kate Hawley, and filmed live onstage at the Opera House in Wellington in November last year.
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 are in the pit, under the baton of conductor Hamish McKeich.
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.