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 RNZB is proud to present a new two-act ballet of Hansel and Gretel, with choreography by Loughlan Prior and a specially commissioned score by Claire Cowan, performed live by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. This major premiere brings together many of New Zealand’s creative talents to tell a timeless tale for audiences young and old.