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September 2020

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Get your Giggle on

Get your Giggle on

Get Your Giggle On Who Is Ready for A Night of Laughter, Music and Amazing Art? Come and Get Your Giggle On for Good! Our charity Send a Little Smile is turning 1 in September and the celebration will be a big one! We have some awesome entertainment lined up and every ticket sold will raise...

Date: Saturday 26 September
Where:
The Cabana, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Camelot the Pantomime

Camelot the Pantomime

Napier Frivolity Minstrels (Juniors) Inc presents Camelot the Pantomime. This show is a fun filled show full of humour, audience participation and a great variety of your favourite songs. Come along and support these children with a few adults thrown in as they start again after having to be...

Date: Wednesday 30 September to Sunday 4 October
Where:
Taradale High School, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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October 2020

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Raybon... Kan Touch This

Raybon... Kan Touch This

An uproarious evening of stand-up comedy, designed to liberate the mind and dispatch sacred cows to the barbecue. In the age of cancel culture, will Raybon be Kancelled? When unspeakable is a dare, when flames attract moths, when sending a tweet can feel like self-testing a parachute — Raybon...

Date: Thursday 1 October
Where:
The Cabana, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Camelot the Pantomime

Camelot the Pantomime

Napier Frivolity Minstrels (Juniors) Inc presents Camelot the Pantomime. This show is a fun filled show full of humour, audience participation and a great variety of your favourite songs. Come along and support these children with a few adults thrown in as they start again after having to be...

Date: Wednesday 30 September to Sunday 4 October
Where:
Taradale High School, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Tales of the '20s

Tales of the '20s

The roaring ’20s were wild and carefree – a time of dramatic social change that also marked the beginning of the modern music era… filled with risk and adventure. Jazz, aeroplanes, skyscrapers and the invention of the radio were exciting new developments from an extravagant decade and were...

Date: Friday 2 October
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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A One Night Stand

A One Night Stand

Looking for A One Night Stand? Well, you've come to the right spot. No, no! Not that kind. The hilariously funny kind. A one-of-a-kind comedy event featuring a few local flavours and a stranded Scotsman! Featuring Gary Sansome (SCO), Richard Dryden, Karen Leslie, The Man Simply Known as Bob....

Date: Friday 2 October
Where:
The Gaiety Theatre, Wairoa, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Oruawharo Garden Concert

Oruawharo Garden Concert

Join hosts Peter and Diane for an afternoon of High Tea and stunning music on the lawn. Enjoy the beautiful sounds of the french jazz band Black Spider Trio, in this Garden concert at the spectacular 160-year-old Oruawharo Homestead and Gardens. Tickets include an afternoon of music and a...

Date: Saturday 3 October
Where:
Oruawharo Homestead, Takapau, Central Hawke's Bay

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Speak up the Peak - Hawke's Bay Poetry Slam 2020

Speak up the Peak - Hawke's Bay Poetry Slam 2020

It's the third annual Hawke's Bay Poetry Slam! Motif Poetry is proud to present a friendly, inclusive space for poets to come together and share their work. Three rounds of audience-judged, original work from established and emerging Hawke’s Bay performers, alongside some of the best NZ...

Date: Saturday 3 October
Where:
Peak House, Havelock North, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Free
Poetry Open Mic Night

Poetry Open Mic Night

A monthly get together by Napier Live Poets. Napier Live Poets. Come along and be a part of our wonderful, vibrant poetry group, where you can share your own work and hear poems by other members of Hawke’s Bay’s community. If you want to just listen, that is fine too. Napier Live Poets is...

Date: Monday 5 October to Monday 7 December
Where:
The CAN, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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FiTS2020 The Grin Reaper

FiTS2020 The Grin Reaper

A fairy story for adults where DEATH and The Easter bunny struggle to ensure every child gets an egg despite a system that seems hand crafted to make her fail. It begins when DEATH attends a road accident to discover that the driver has mysteriously returned to life and there is a chocolate egg in...

Date: Thursday 8 October to Friday 9 October
Where:
Toitoi - Hawke's Bay Arts & Events Centre, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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FiTS2020 Austin Harrison - Magnus Steele

FiTS2020 Austin Harrison - Magnus Steele

Magnus Steele is an improvised, interactive crime–thriller created by ‘Golden Boy of Wellington Improv’, Austin Harrison. Infamous private eye Magnus Steele investigates the crime of the century through interrogations, jazz, and beat poetry, but here’s the catch: all the victims, suspects,...

Date: Thursday 8 October
Where:
Hastings Pipe Band Hall, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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FiTS2020 - Uncertainty

FiTS2020 - Uncertainty

Five Readers reading pieces on the theme of Uncertainty with the odd prop, costume and bits of drama. Certainly not your average literary performance. Brought to you by Verona Nicholson and guests. To be performed in the Cushing Foyer at Toitoi.

Date: Thursday 8 October to Friday 9 October
Where:
Toitoi - Hawke's Bay Arts & Events Centre, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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FiTS2020 - Chapters of an introvert

FiTS2020 - Chapters of an introvert

“CHAPTERS OF AN INTROVERT” Presented by The Intro Club Do you ever find yourself thinking too much, dreaming too much, preferring your own company as opposed to social gatherings and being “the awkward quiet one”? You might be part of The Intro Club. “Chapters of an Introvert”...

Date: Thursday 8 October to Friday 9 October
Where:
Toitoi - Hawke's Bay Arts & Events Centre, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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FiTS2020 Bordello Bingo

FiTS2020 Bordello Bingo

Bingo with prizes hosted by the girls and guys from the Bordello. Improv theatre mixed with all the fun of Housie. Eyes down for a full evening of laughter, cheekiness, more laughter, meat-packs, giggling, beer, wine, and spirited innuendo. One show only.

Date: Friday 9 October
Where:
The Common Room, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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FiTS2020 Sammy WINWIN

FiTS2020 Sammy WINWIN

I perform my cheesy lofi hip-pop songs about being a poor, stupid, sexy Headcase whilst bringing/serving you chips, chicken nuggets(?) and drinks. I'll also tell some stories and try to use my awfulness to inspire you to live the life you want to lead; also I'll tell you I love you. It'll be chill...

Date: Friday 9 October to Saturday 10 October
Where:
Hastings Pipe Band Hall, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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FiTS2020 Bald Man Sings Rihanna

FiTS2020 Bald Man Sings Rihanna

Gary Sansen brings us his stand up comedy show mocking music and popular culture, as performed at 4 Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, as well as Perth, Adelaide, Brighton, and little old New Zealand. Expect a colorful show full of song, mockery, and a bit more than tongue in cheek.

Date: Friday 9 October
Where:
The Common Room, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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FiTS2020 Vinyl Burns - The Power To Change Your Mind

FiTS2020 Vinyl Burns - The Power To Change Your Mind

Kim Potter brings us Hoax Motivational Speaker Dr Vinyl Burns. Here to deliver a hyper-dense collection of wisdom and hiding-in-plain-sight solutions to problems you barely knew you had. Consider this an investment for the future of our current climate, perhaps?

Date: Friday 9 October to Saturday 10 October
Where:
Spaceship, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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FiTS2020 Bald Man Sings Rihanna

FiTS2020 Bald Man Sings Rihanna

Gary Sansen brings us his stand up comedy show mocking music and popular culture, as performed at 4 Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, as well as Perth, Adelaide, Brighton, and little old New Zealand. Expect a colorful show full of song, mockery, and a bit more than tongue in cheek.

Date: Saturday 10 October
Where:
Spaceship, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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FiTS2020 Jamie Patterson - Awokening

FiTS2020 Jamie Patterson - Awokening

Fresh off a smash-hit tour in 2019, Jamie Patterson was due to debut his first solo hour at The Melbourne International Comedy Fest until it was cancelled due to Covid. A rising star in the New Zealand comedy circuit, pro comedian at Auckland's The Classic and Grand Finalist in the New Zealand Raw...

Date: Saturday 10 October
Where:
Hastings Pipe Band Hall, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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FiTS2020 Austin Harrison - Magnus Steele

FiTS2020 Austin Harrison - Magnus Steele

Magnus Steele is an improvised, interactive crime–thriller created by ‘Golden Boy of Wellington Improv’, Austin Harrison. Infamous private eye Magnus Steele investigates the crime of the century through interrogations, jazz, and beat poetry, but here’s the catch: all the victims, suspects,...

Date: Saturday 10 October
Where:
The Common Room, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - FiTS2020 Austin Harrison - Magnus Steele


Poets' Night Out

Poets' Night Out

Celebrating the NZ Poet Laureate. Poets' Night Out is a celebratory event for the NZ Poet Laureate David Eggleton. Be moved by the raw experience of poetry read aloud. David will be joined by guest poets Michael O’Leary (the Earl of Seacliff), Jenny Powell, and Kay McKenzie Cooke. This is...

Date: Saturday 10 October
Where:
Toitoi - Hawke's Bay Arts & Events Centre, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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FiTS2020 Brendon Green - Good Stuff

FiTS2020 Brendon Green - Good Stuff

Based in Auckland, New Zealand, and performing around the world, I aim to share my jokes and stories with as wide an audience as possible. My stand up is warm, open, and with a sharpness that ensures the audience has a great time with some surprises along the way. My story telling is...

Date: Saturday 10 October
Where:
Hastings Pipe Band Hall, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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The Seance of Elizabeth Rose Carpenter

The Seance of Elizabeth Rose Carpenter

The recount of a seance for a murdered performer with live action, as brought to you by Agents of CHAOS (Ali Beal and Lynda Corner). They've dreamed up this wickedly atmospheric piece, befitting Toitoi as never seen (or felt) before. BOO!

Date: Saturday 10 October
Where:
Toitoi - Hawke's Bay Arts & Events Centre, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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FiTS2020 A Funk'n Variety Show

FiTS2020 A Funk'n Variety Show

Local performance group 'The Boomb Funk Variety Performers' are bringing the very best of themselves to the stage. Bringing a bit of sparkle and sass to the dull glitter-less world we are currently navigating. Back for a third year running, get your tickets fast!

Date: Saturday 10 October
Where:
Spaceship, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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FiTS2020 The Freaks are Running the Show

FiTS2020 The Freaks are Running the Show

The Freaks are Running the Show is a celebration of the strange and wonderful talent clinging to the underbelly of the Bay. Our kaupapa is EMPOWERMENT and AUTHENTICITY. Our freaks are encouraged to develop acts that make them feel powerful and show they are proud to be freaks. Our acts are...

Date: Saturday 10 October
Where:
Spaceship, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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FiTS2020 Dancing In The Dark With Phil

FiTS2020 Dancing In The Dark With Phil

Dancing Phil in a LED lit costume dances in the dark as the audience dances along with him. Audience members will be painted with tribal black light designs as they enter and given glow sticks so the event is a kaleidoscope of colour, movement and music.

Date: Saturday 10 October
Where:
The Common Room, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Doric String Quartet: CANCELLED

Doric String Quartet: CANCELLED

If the bar for quartet excellence was already set stratospherically high, the UK’s Doric String Quartet has surely launched it into orbit. Founded in 1998, the Quartet has firmly established itself as the leading British string quartet of its generation, receiving enthusiastic responses from...

Date: Monday 12 October
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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The Human Voice

The Human Voice

Written in the middle of the last century by two enfants terribles of the French art scene, Poulenc and Cocteau, The Human Voice is an uncompromising performance that challenges the audience to play detective in unravelling lies both spoken and unspoken. This site-specific production will take...

Date: Tuesday 13 October to Wednesday 14 October
Where:
Art Deco Masonic Hotel, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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A Faure Requiem Sing-in

A Faure Requiem Sing-in

Following the success of last year's "Messiah" Sing-in, the Cathedral will host a similar event on October 17th - this time featuring Gabriel Faure's Requiem. The composer is renowned for the beauty of his compositions. He said of this work that it is "... dominated from beginning to end by a very...

Date: Saturday 17 October
Where:
Waiapu Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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NZSO Timeless

NZSO Timeless

Update: With the ongoing uncertainty due to the COVID-19 situation, we regret that all scheduled New Zealand Symphony Orchestra concerts and associated events until 31 July, 2020 have been cancelled. -- Principal Partner Ryman Healthcare. Edo de Waart Conductor. Beethoven orch. Weingartner...

Date: Tuesday 20 October
Where:
Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Te Moana Glow Show!

Te Moana Glow Show!

Illuminate kids’ hearts and minds with this magical giant scale glow-in-the-dark puppet show! Go under the sea with a courageous Kina on her journey of discovery across the Pacific Ocean to Aotearoa. It’s a delightful story of our kai moana and the whakatauki ‘He waka eke noa. We are all in...

Date: Wednesday 21 October
Where:
Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Comedy: DJ Trump & Alexander Sparrow

Comedy: DJ Trump & Alexander Sparrow

“He’s good” - TV3 “Very good” - TVNZ “He nails it” - Prime TV Two hit comedy shows, one hilarious night! Also featuring award-winning opening act, 87-year-old brothel owner, Pat Goldsack. DJ Trump: See public Trump at a rally AND private Trump in therapy! The Don's had a...

Date: Wednesday 21 October
Where:
Leopard Hotel, Waipukurau, Central Hawke's Bay

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Comedy: DJ Trump & Alexander Sparrow

Comedy: DJ Trump & Alexander Sparrow

“He’s good” - TV3 “Very good” - TVNZ “He nails it” - Prime TV Two hit comedy shows, one hilarious night! DJ Trump: See public Trump at a rally AND private Trump in therapy! The Don's had a hard life – he’s never fitted in, his dad hated him, and he’s in a minority...

Date: Thursday 22 October
Where:
Paisley Stage, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Superhero Circus

Superhero Circus

'Superhero Circus' from Rollicking Entertainment! A show for the whole family! 10am and 4pm. Dress as your favourite superhero and come and join the fun - there will be juggling, ladder walking, escapology, magic, gross stunts and silliness. Part of the Billy Lids Creative Festival for Kids.

Date: Saturday 24 October
Where:
Keirunga Gardens, Havelock North, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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The Shows Must Go On

The Shows Must Go On

Dust off those musical theatre cobwebs and return to your seats to indulge in the magic of the very best songs from stage and screen. Showcasing an all-star cast of New Zealand voices from the international stage, this glittering concert of musical theatre showstoppers is not one to miss. The Shows...

Date: Wednesday 28 October
Where:
Toitoi - Hawke's Bay Arts & Events Centre, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Stage Fright

Stage Fright

Stage Fright is a 40 minute terrifying tour behind the curtain at Toitoi’s Opera House. Not for the faint-hearted, this interactive creep show explores all the theatre’s dark nooks and crannies and will delight purveyors of the strange, obscure and beautiful macabre (as well as regular folk...

Date: Saturday 31 October
Where:
Toitoi - Hawke's Bay Arts & Events Centre, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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November 2020

Free
Poetry Open Mic Night

Poetry Open Mic Night

A monthly get together by Napier Live Poets. Napier Live Poets. Come along and be a part of our wonderful, vibrant poetry group, where you can share your own work and hear poems by other members of Hawke’s Bay’s community. If you want to just listen, that is fine too. Napier Live Poets is...

Date: Monday 5 October to Monday 7 December
Where:
The CAN, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Godspell - The Famous Rock Musical!: CANCELLED

Godspell - The Famous Rock Musical!: CANCELLED

One of the most successful musicals in history, Godspell is a contemporary version of parts of the Gospel according to St. Matthew, retold in music, mime, and comedy. It has been performed almost constantly around the world since the 1970s! Godspell is based on Biblical parables, and the last seven...

Date: Friday 6 November to Sunday 8 November
Where:
Waiapu Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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7 Days - Live Tour

7 Days - Live Tour

The 7 Days Live tour is now officially a November tradition. And this year our (not very) brave comedians will smash out 13 shows in 13 towns around New Zealand with (nearly) no fear at all. Dodging lockdowns, Jeremy Corbett, Dai Henwood and Paul Ego jump in a van and bring much-needed comedy to...

Date: Wednesday 11 November
Where:
Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Cinderella

Cinderella

"You shall go to the ball Cinderella" Yes...it's exciting news, theatre friends! Waipawa M&D is thrilled that we will be bringing Sir Roger Hall's Cinderella, written especially for Waipawa M&D, to the stage this November. Filled with local places and references with all your favourite panto,...

Date: Thursday 19 November to Saturday 28 November
Where:
Central Hawke's Bay Municipal Theatre, Waipawa, Central Hawke's Bay

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The Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty

In an enchanted kingdom, a princess was born. Blessed by fairies, Aurora grew into a beautiful young woman, protected by everyone who loved her from the evil beyond the castle walls. On her 16th birthday, Aurora’s world was shattered by the malevolent Carabosse, but, saved from certain death by...

Date: Saturday 28 November to Sunday 29 November
Where:
Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - The Sleeping Beauty


December 2020

Free
Poetry Open Mic Night

Poetry Open Mic Night

A monthly get together by Napier Live Poets. Napier Live Poets. Come along and be a part of our wonderful, vibrant poetry group, where you can share your own work and hear poems by other members of Hawke’s Bay’s community. If you want to just listen, that is fine too. Napier Live Poets is...

Date: Monday 5 October to Monday 7 December
Where:
The CAN, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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April 2021

The World of Musicals

The World of Musicals

The Musical Gala with an International cast brings London’s West End and New York’s Broadway to New Zealand for the first time. The World of Musicals brings the very best of Musical theatre to life. This incredible production is a wonderful revue of all your favorite musical theatre...

Date: Monday 26 April
Where:
Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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May 2021

Bravo Amici

Bravo Amici

Celebrated New Zealand tenor, Geoff Sewell, founder of the world’s first opera band, Amici Forever, will tour through New Zealand in May 2021 in time for Mother’s Day with BRAVO AMICI, his opera group of leading international West End and Broadway stars, to perform an uplifting, moving...

Date: Sunday 30 May
Where:
Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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October 2021

Friends! The Musical Parody: POSTPONED

Friends! The Musical Parody: POSTPONED

Friends – The Musical Parody have today announced that they are postponing their near sold out 2020 tour & have secured new dates for 2021 and added extra shows. All tickets remain valid for the new dates. The tour will now take place in September and October 2021 and they look forward to...

Date: Saturday 9 October
Where:
Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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November 2021

The Nutcracker & Don Quixote

The Nutcracker & Don Quixote

Please note due to the Covid-19 situation, the 2020 performance date has been postponed to 2021. Following their sell-out 2019 performances of Swan Lake, the Imperial Russian Ballet Company return to New Zealand to perform a double bill, The Nutcracker & Don Quixote. Two sensational ballets, one...

Date: Sunday 14 November
Where:
Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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