First there were dinosaurs, now Auckland's Vector Arena is set to be over-run by high-flying, fire-breathing dragons.
The brains behind the record-breaking Walking With Dinosaurs production and Hollywood's DreamWorks have teamed up to create the How To Train Your Dragon Arena Spectacular, an adventure inspired by the Academy Award-nominated animated film of the same name.
And the show is coming to Auckland in April 2012, before it has even toured North America.
With a cast of 24 dragons, some with wingspans of up to 14 metres, viking warriors and villagers as well as circus and acrobatic performers, the production is one of the largest theatrical arena productions to ever go on tour.
The How To Train Your Dragon Arena Spectacular combines fire-breathing action, epic adventure and laughs into a story based on the original book by Cressida Cowell.
It centres on Hiccup, a Viking teenager who doesn't fit in with his tribe's longstanding tradition of heroic dragon slayers. Hiccup's world is turned upside down when he encounters a dragon that challenges him and his fellow Vikings to see the world from an entirely different point of view.
And with dragons soaring overhead and a score featuring compositions from Icelandic singer-songwriter Jonsi from Sigur Ros and Oscar-nominated British film composer John Powell, the shows creators say audiences are set to be mesmerised.
"In our film, audiences around the world were transported to the mythical world of Vikings and Dragons ... and now, we are excited to immerse them in a one-of-a-kind live event in the How To Train Your Dragon Arena Spectacular," said Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chief Executive Officer of DreamWorks Animation.
The How To train Your Dragon Arena Spectacular will soar into Auckland's Vector Arena in April 2012.
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