Auckland Arts Festival 2019Thu Mar 21st 2019 to Sun Mar 24th 2019 at 19:00 until 18:00
Auckland, Corner Queen Street & Wellesley Street, Auckland, Auckland Central https://www.myguideauckland.com/events/the-dreamer BOOK NOW
William Shakespeare meets Tang Xianzu in Auckland Arts Festival's The Dreamer
Desperate to escape a humdrum life and the social pressure of finding a husband, Helena retreats to her dreams, where she encounters the man of her dreams. But this courtship is no stroll in the garden for our beautiful heroine, who must fight her way through a series of extraordinary visions, nightmares and memories if she is to make true love a reality.
Inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Tang Xianzu’s mythical romance The Peony Pavilion, The Dreamer is unlike any other Shakespeare adaptation – an imaginative, free-flowing work that seamlessly blends movement, melodrama, comedy and live music into the most bewitching storytelling.
In collaboration with British physical theatre gurus Gecko, the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre have not only injected new life into classic texts but given them a vibrant modern twist. Featuring stunning shadowplay, an immersive soundscape, exceptional set design and an all-Chinese cast of powerfully expressive performers and musicians, The Dreamer is a feast for the eyes and the ears. Prepare to be transported.
The Dreamer is a feast for the eyes and the ears. It is one of the major theatre productions in the 2019 Auckland Arts Festival and plays 21 to 24 March at The Civic.
Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster.
Told primarily through movement with some spoken English and Mandarin
EXTRA: Pre-show talk 6.00pm
★★★★★ “A stunning production… this is one show that should be on the top of your list to see this year.” — British Theatre Guide
★★★★ “Vivid, enthralling…Yang Ziyi is a wonderful Helena, sweetly sad and anxious but with a gradually thriving inner spirit.” The Times (UK)
★★★★ “The physical storytelling is so alive.” The List (UK)
★★★★ “Visually stunning… a feast for the eyes.” The Scotsman (UK)
★★★★★ “Visually stunning, audibly mesmerising and heart stoppingly thrilling.” Broadway Baby (UK)
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