Peter Pan



Peter Pan


22 November >
15 December 2013


His Majesty’s Theatre >


with West Australian
Philharmonic Orchestra




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Performance dates & times:

Fri 22 Nov 2013, 7.30pm
Sat 23 Nov 2013, 7.30pm
Wed 27 Nov 2013, 6.30pm
Thur 28 Nov 2013, 6.30pm
Fri 29 Nov 2013, 7.30pm
Sat 30 Nov 2013, 2.00pm
Sat 30 Nov 2013, 7.30pm
Sun 1 Dec 2013, 3.00pm
Thur 5 Dec 2013, 6.30pm
Fri 6 Dec 2013, 7.30pm
Sat 7 Dec 2013, 2.00pm
Sat 7 Dec 2013, 7.30pm
Sun 8 Dec 2013, 3.00pm
Wed 11 Dec 2013, 6.30pm
Thur 12 Dec 2013, 6.30pm
Fri 13 Dec 2013, 7.30pm
Sat 14 Dec 2013, 2.00pm
Sat 14 Dec 2013, 7.30pm
Sun 15 Dec 2013, 3:00pm


Ticket Prices:




Adult $86

Group $78
Senior/Pensioner $72
Youth (26 or under) $63
Under 30 (Thursday only) $30
Child/Student $54



Adult $59
Group $55
Senior/Pensioner $55
Youth (26 or under) $44
Under 30 (Thursday only) $30
Child/Student $38






‘All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.’

J. M. Barrie



A magical production of the much-loved children’s classic written by J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan is a fantasy-filled adventure for the young and the young at heart. Leave the mundane behind and watch the whimsical world of make-believe unfold as Peter Pan flies through the window of the Darling nursery in search of his shadow. After teaching the children to fly with the help of a little fairy dust, they set out on an adventure like no other.


Choreographed by Russell Kerr and with picture book-inspired designs, Peter Pan will captivate and enchant.


If you were delighted by Cinderella, you’ll be swept away in the magic of Peter Pan.


Approximate running time: 2 hours, 20 minutes (including a 20 minute interval)


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Related Events

30 November 12noon
His Majesty’s Theatre


Be transported into Neverland with our magical tea party at His Majesty’s Theatre. With activities, delicious treats and a visit from some special Neverland guests, this fantastic event is sure to sell out fast. Tickets $50. Bookings or enquiries or call WAB on 9214 0707.

1,8,15 December 2pm
Exhibition Lounge, His Majesty’s Theatre


All children are welcome to join our storyteller in the Exhibition Lounge an hour before the Sunday matinees as they read aloud the classic story of Peter Pan.

27 November, 5.45pm
His Majesty’s Theatre


To learn a little more about our production of Peter Pan, join the artistic team for a free talk at His Majesty’s Theatre 45 minutes prior to the performance.





Choreography: Russell Kerr

Staging Directors: Toby Behan and Craig Lord-Sole

Composer: Philip Norman

Set & Costumes: Kristian Fredrikson

Lighting: Jon Buswell

Conductor: Kenneth Young






Born in Auckland in 1930, the young Russell Kerr displayed an equal talent for piano and dance. He settled on dance, where his career began as a student of Auckland ballet teacher Kathleen Whitford.


He was awarded a New Zealand Government Bursary in 1950 to travel to Europe. After making his European debut with the Jose Greco Spanish Company, he danced with the Sadler’s Wells (now) Royal Ballet, with Ballet Rambert, and as a soloist with London’s Festival Ballet. He made a name for himself as a dancer with deeply informed musicality and outstanding dramatic expression.


After returning to New Zealand in 1957, Russell began to work for the New Zealand Ballet in 1959, of which he later became Artistic Director. An exemplary work from that period is Prismatic Variations. Jointly choreographed with Paul Gnatt, this work carried distinctly neo-classical tones, while its novelty also gave indication of the company’s assured originality.


Russell is regarded as a consummate professional who has held many key positions in New Zealand dance: he was Director of the Nettleton-Edwards-Kerr School of Ballet (1959-61), Artistic Director of the New Zealand Ballet (1962-69), Director of the New Zealand Dance Centre (1969-77), and Director of the Southern Ballet Theatre (1978-90). His teaching and choreographic skills provide a continuing source of inspiration.


He was Vice Patron of the Auckland Dance Company, Patron of the International Ballet Academy and a Trustee of the Christchurch Dance Education Bursary Trust.

He was awarded a QEII Arts Council Fellowship in 1977, followed in 1986 by a Queen’s Service Medal for Services to Ballet in the New Zealand dance community and, in 2000, was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.


In 2005 Russell Kerr created a new full-length, two-act ballet based on the secret life of Hans Christian Andersen for The International Ballet Academy, Christchurch. In June 2007, the third return season of Russell’s version of Swan Lake toured the country. Raewyn White, NZ Herald, describes the work as ‘showing us once again the hallmarks that make him one of the great ballet choreographers. Kerr’s rich musicality ensures we miss none of the emotional nuances of the score in the dancing’.


Russell lives in Christchurch and continues to teach and choreograph.