Faint starlight peeps through the dark forest canopy. It is midnight, the witching hour.

Alone and lost, two hungry children stumble towards a glowing vision of warmth and comfort, heaven for any child with an empty belly and an aching heart. But all is not as it seems…

For Christmas 2019, the Royal New Zealand Ballet is proud to present a new two-act ballet by Loughlan Prior, with a specially commissioned score by Claire Cowan. This major premiere brings together many of New Zealand’s creative talents to tell a timeless tale for audiences young and old.

Hansel & Gretel will be the first full-length ballet score ever commissioned from a female composer in RNZB’s history, performed live by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

Hansel & Gretel is suitable for children 5 years and above.

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Last updated: 12 June 2019