Past Event21 Mar - 24 Mar 2019

The Dreamer

No longer available

The Civic


The Civic Box Office this Sunday 24 Mar will be 10am – 12pm and then reopen at 3pm for the 5pm performance.

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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 has not only injected new life into classic texts but given them a vibrant modern twist. Featuring stunning shadow play, 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.


Told primarily through movement with some spoken English and Mandarin

Supported by Asia New Zealand Foundation

The Dreamer – Auckland Arts Festival 2019

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