RNZB Cinderella. Qi Huan as the OPrince, Lucy Green as Cinderella. RNZB Cinderella. Qi Huan as the OPrince, Lucy Green as Cinderella. CREDIT: Evan Li

Cinderella gets sparkling reviews ahead of tour

Tuesday 14 August 2012, 5:29PM
By Royal New Zealand Ballet

The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s ravishing interpretation of the much loved fairytale wowed audiences and critics alike.  The TOWER Season of Cinderella opened in Wellington on 2 August and at every performance there was an audible gasp from the audience as Cinderella arrived at the ball in a tutu decorated with 90,000 Swarovski crystals that glittered under the lights.

The RNZB is now in Invercargill and then travels to four other centres before closing in Auckland on 9 September.

Here’s what the critics are saying:

Exquisite.  A feast for all senses.” -  Francesca Horsley, NZ listener

Cinderella is a triumph, delivering an exquisite ballet to charm adults and children alike.” -Francesca Horsley, NZ listener

Enchantment, inspiration and artistic brilliance on show” - Jennifer Shennan, Dominion Post

Sumptuous, satisfying and pleasing to the eye” – Lyne Pringle,

The RNZB has experienced a surge in Facebook followers over the last week.  Here’s what audience members are saying via

Three days later I’m still entranced by the production.”

Beautiful dancing, stunning sets and really evoked the magical feel of the Cinderella story. Me and my two girls absolutely loved it!

Simply magic!”

The classic rags-to-riches romance is choreographed by renowned British choreographer Christopher Hampson with lavish art nouveau inspired sets and spectacular costumes by Auckland-based designer Tracy Grant Lord.  The powerful score was composed by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev in the 1940s.

Five local children between the ages of 8-13 have been selected to take part in the production in each centre.  Three girls will play the young Cinderella and her two step sisters, and two boys will get to go to the ball as page boys.  The small, non-dancing roles provide young local ballet students with an opportunity to be on stage with New Zealand’s national ballet company, performing in front of a large local audience.

Approximate running time: 2 hours, 20 minutes including 2 intervals

The TOWER Season of Cinderella

Tues 14 & Wed 15 August
Civic Theatre, Book at Ticket Direct (03) 211 1692

Sat 18 & Sun 19 August
Regent Theatre, Book at Ticket Direct (03) 477 8597 / 0800 4 TICKET

Thurs 23 – Sat 25 August
Municipal Theatre, Book at TICKETEK (06) 835 2702 / 0800 TICKETEK

Palmerston North
Tues 28 & Wed 29 August,
Regent on Broadway, Book at Ticket Direct (06) 350 2100 / 0800 4 TICKET

Sat 1 & Sun 2 September
Bruce Mason Centre, Book at TicketMaster (09) 970 9700 / 0800 111 999

Wed 5 - Sun 9 September
ASB Theatre, Featuring Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, Book at THE EDGE (09) 357 3355