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A Live Concert of David Attenborough's 'Blue Planet II' Is Coming to New Zealand

The documentary will be accompanied by a live orchestral score composed by Hans Zimmer.
By Lauren Vadnjal
September 20, 2019
By Lauren Vadnjal
September 20, 2019

UPDATED 13 JULY, 2020: Organisers of Blue Planet II Live in Concert have now announced the Auckland event will take place on Friday, 9 and Saturday, 10 April 2021, at Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre.

Whether you're a big nature nerd or err on the indifferent side to the science of it all, chances are you've seen at least some of Sir David Attenborough's Blue Planet. The BBC nature documentary series — narrated by the man himself and accompanied by an epic score from Hans Zimmer — first aired back in 2001, and its follow-up second season, Blue Planet II, was released in 2017. But the bits you've seen on TV or YouTube are sure to be belittled when the BBC brings the live show to New Zealand next April.

Like the sell-out Planet Earth II Live in Concert and performances of Titanic and Star Wars we've seen in recent years, Blue Planet II Live in Concert will see the documentary screened in all its glory accompanied by a live orchestra. And it's a big score. The music for Blue Earth II was composed by none other than Hans Zimmer (responsible for epics like The Lion KingGladiatorThe Dark Knight Rises and Inception) alongside Jacob Shea and David Fleming. In New Zealand, the score will be performed by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and in lieu of Attenborough, a yet-to-be-announced guest will be narrating in real time. 

Blue Planet II Live in Concert will take you on a fantastical journey from icy polar seas to pulsating coral reefs, from the luminous deep sea to enormous kelp forests. Sharing the wonders and mysteries of the planet's oceans and wildlife to life taking you closer to the action than ever before.

Blue Planet II Live in Concert will land at Auckland's Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre on 9 and 10 April, 2021. For more information and tickets, visit Auckland Live

Image: Hugh Miller, copyright BBC NHU (2016).

Published on September 20, 2019 by Lauren Vadnjal


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