What's On

17 - 18 Nov 2014 Russian National Dance Show - Kostroma
20 - 22 Nov 2014 Royal New Zealand Ballet Vodafone Season of A Christmas Carol
27 Nov 2014 The Great Gatsby Christmas Party Revue
17 & 18 Dec 2014 The Best of Jethro Tull - SOLD OUT
20 December 2014 CSO presents 'A Cantabrian Christmas'

Russian National Dance Show - Kostroma

17 & 18 November @ 7.30pm

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Russian National Dance Show - Kostroma

Performed by the world-renowned RUSSIAN NATIONAL DANCE company. "KOSTROMA" is a spectacular and beautiful evocation in dance of ancient Russian culture. This mesmerising event unites centuries of dramatic musical and dance tradition.

Direct from RUSSIA "KOSTROMA" premieres in New Zealand November 2014. This DAZZLING MASTERPIECE featuring 45 elite dancers, masterly techniques, 600 lavish costumes and over 15 breathtaking scenes. 'KOSTROMA' takes the audience on a bewitching journey from the Arctic north to the southern Steppes, the peaks of the Caucasus to the depths of Siberia. "KOSTROMA" is named after the place of its birth and the cradle of the Romanov dynasty, an ancient Russian town situated on the banks of the great Volga river.

The internationally acclaimed Russian National Dance company was founded in the early 1990's by its director and producer Elena Tsarenko with Art Director and Chief Dance Master Yury Tsarenko.

The company lives and breathes the traditions of their land.

The premiere performances of “KOSTROMA” were presented in, Moscow, London Paris and Rotterdam. 'KOSTROMA' has been appearing in the Cosmos Concert Hall, Moscow since 2005. The French call it ‘A Russian dance miracle’, the Netherlands know it as ‘The spirit of Russia’. This theatrical production with its famous image of 'The Girl in Silver', has already won the hearts of audiences in over 25 countries.


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The Vodafone Season of A Christmas Carol

20 November @ 7.30pm, 21 November @6.30pm, 22 November @1.30pm and 7.30pm

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Royal New Zealand Ballet presents The Vodafone Season of A Christmas Carol

RNZB Managing Director Amanda Skoog is thrilled that the RNZB are able to once again return to the stage at the Isaac Theatre Royal. “We appreciate the audiences who came to see us and support us in the temporary venues when we toured Aurora’s Wedding, Giselle & Swan Lake to Christchurch, but nothing beats seeing our extraordinary dancers and stunning sets in situ at the beautiful Isaac Theatre Royal. Neil Cox and his team have overcome extraordinary odds to get the theatre reopened and we are so proud to be a part of their opening season with The Vodafone Season of A Christmas Carol accompanied by the CSO. The entire company & staff are tremendously excited.”

A dazzling retelling of Dickens' classic yuletide tale, perfect for family celebrations and festive treats.

Ebenezer Scrooge lives up to his name until one Christmas Eve he is visited by four ghosts, one a remorseful ex-business partner, the others, the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.

Following revelations of joy, warmth and life, Scrooge is also shown darkness, despair and sadness until finally his cold heart is restored to goodwill and happiness by the power of Christmas.

This acclaimed production, created for Northern Ballet - a company noted for its strength in storytelling and creating works as appealing to children as they are to adults (and which brought us Dracula) - and now seen for the first time outside the UK, is an adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol. The setting is picture-perfect Victorian and the staging is lively and vivid.

Music for the production was specially created by celebrated film and television composer Carl Davis and includes familiar Christmas carols.

Director Christopher Gable
Choreography Massimo Moricone
Production Design Lez Brotherston
Music Carl Davis
Original Lighting Paul Pyant
Conductor Nigel Gaynor

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The Great Gatsby Christmas Party Revue

27 November @ 8pm

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The Great Gatsby Christmas Party Revue


A Christmas party like never before

Mention the name Gatsby and it conjures images of parties, excesses of every kind, glamour, glitz and a society fuelled by impulse and desire.

It was 1920s New York and Gatsby’s parties were legendary.

That legend continues this Christmas in New Zealand with a cabaret show that recreates the hedonism of the Gatsby era with “wild parties” in venues around New Zealand. A sumptuous cabaret inspired by the great American novel of 1925.

The Great Gatsby Christmas Party Revue will feature – comedy, singing, dancing and performing songs reminiscent of the 1920's when everyone was makin’ whoopee, dancing the Charleston or doing the Boogie Woogie! Book a party, dress up and celebrate like it's 1925!

Discounted tickets for groups of 6 or more.

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The Best of Jethro Tull

17 & 18 December @ 8pm


The Best of Jethro Tull

After two magic years on the road with the Thick As A Brick shows, legendary Prog Rock icon Ian Anderson is finalising details of the set for his 2014 tour to New Zealand, following the release of a new concept album Homo Erraticus earlier this year.

Songs from Homo Erraticus – an ‘epic voyage into the Progressive Rock pantheon of strangeness’ according to Anderson – will be played along with a collection of his favourite Tull classics, including Thick as Brick 1&2, Living in the Past, Bouree, Teacher, Too Old to Rock 'N' Roll, Too Young to Die, My God, Aqualung and Locomotive Breath. The performance will be illustrated and complemented by videos and astounding theatrical settings ‘to bring a tear to the eye’, an enthusiastic Anderson declared.

Early in 1968, a group of young British musicians, born from the ashes of various failed regional bands gathered together in hunger, destitution and modest optimism in Luton, North of London. Benefit, Aqualung, and Thick As A Brick followed and the band’s success grew internationally. Various band members came and went, but the charismatic front man and composer, flautist and singer Ian Anderson continued, as he does to this day, to lead the group through its various musical incarnations.

Jethro Tull were, by the mid-seventies, one of the most successful live performing acts on the world stage, rivalling Zeppelin, Elton John and even the Rolling Stones. Surprising, really, for a group whose more sophisticated and evolved stylistic extravagance was far from the Pop and Rock norm of that era.

With now some 30-odd albums to his credit and sales totalling more than 60 million, the apparently uncommercial Ian Anderson, continues to travel near and far to fans across the world. Ian brings with him to New Zealand, his band of musicians featuring David Goodier on bass guitar, John O'Hara on keyboards, Florian Opahle on electric guitar, Scott Hammond on drums and Ryan O'Donnell on accompanying vocals.

Both shows are sold out



CSO presents 'A Cantabrian Christmas'

20 December @ 6.30pm

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CSO presents 'A Cantabrian Christmas'

What better way to commence the holiday season than with a concert full of exquisite music and song.

New Zealand soprano, Madeleine Pierard has featured as a Young Artist with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and is an Arts foundation of New Zealand New Generation Artist.

This year's CSO Christmas concert will include well-loved yuletide favourites and classical gems such as let the Brigh Seraphim and excerpts from Tachaikovsky's Nutcracker suite. This is perfect for getting together with your friends and family, so join Benjamin Northey as he conducts the CSO and guest stars in a glittering, traditional Christmas concert that will bring a dash of colour to the start of the festive season.

Conductor: Benjamin Northey
Soprano: Madeleine Pierard
Consortia - Chamber Choir of the University of Canterbury

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The Isaac Theatre Royal is currently closed due to damage caused by the February 2011 and subsequent earthquakes. Repair and upgrading work is progressing on the Theatre and we will reopen on 17 November 2014. Read more...

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