A Midsummer Night's Dream

3 October — 7 October, Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne

The course of true love never did run smooth.

Shakespeare’s whimsical masterpiece has been transformed into glorious dance thanks to acclaimed choreographer Liam Scarlett. Together with Mendelssohn’s evocative music, Scarlett’s witty choreography brings the magical, humorous and timeless  story of love, jealousy and mistaken identities to life.

Appointed Queensland Ballet’s Artistic Associate in 2016, Liam Scarlett is in demand worldwide for his exceptional choreographic talent. He has created ballets for The Royal Ballet (where he is Artist in Residence), and commissions for international companies such as New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and English National Ballet. After it charmed Brisbane audiences in 2016, we are thrilled to perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Melbourne.

The Story

Shakespeare’s whimsical masterpiece has been transformed into glorious dancere

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From the Choreographer

Liam Scarlett

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The Music

While the dazzling overture and incidental music form the majority of the music for Liam Scarlett’s ballet, these alone are not enough to accompany a full length ballet. 

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Q&A with Nigel Gaynor

Music Director and Principal Conductor, Nigel Gaynor

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From the Designer

Tracy Grant Lord

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The History

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is surely one of Shakespeare’s best-known and best-loved plays.

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After selected performances at QPAC, a panel of creative artists and dancers discusses aspects of the ballet you’ve just seen.



Informative, keepsake programs are distributed free-of-charge at all performances.





Choreographer Liam Scarlett
Composer Felix Mendelssohn
Conducted and Arranged by Nigel Gaynor
Music performed by Orchestra Victoria
Costume & Set Designer Tracy Grant Lord
Lighting Designer Kendall Smith

A co-production between Queensland Ballet and Royal New Zealand Ballet.






  • Wednesday 3 October — 7:30pm Wed 3 Oct — 7:30pm
  • Thursday 4 October — 1:30pm Thu 4 Oct — 1:30pm
  • Thursday 4 October — 7:30pm Thu 4 Oct — 7:30pm
  • Friday 5 October — 1:30pm Fri 5 Oct — 1:30pm
  • Friday 5 October — 7:30pm Fri 5 Oct — 7:30pm
  • Saturday 6 October — 1:30pm Sat 6 Oct — 1:30pm
  • Saturday 6 October — 7:30pm Sat 6 Oct — 7:30pm
  • Sunday 7 October — 1:30pm Sun 7 Oct — 1:30pm


Adult $160
Concession $130
30yrs & under $100
Child $90
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Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne


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