The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will leave Scotland to perform Down Under at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium next year.
It will be just the just the fourth time in its 65 year history that the Tattoo, described as the greatest show on earth, has left Scotland.
The first time it was performed outside the county was in New Zealand in 2000 as part of the New Zealand Festival, with tickets selling out in just two days.
Tattoo Chief Executive and Producer, Brigadier David Allfrey said: “In over six and a half decades our unique event has been presented abroad on only three occasions.
“So, we are delighted to be returning to the country where the first of our overseas shows was successfully staged in 2000 and audiences were so welcoming and receptive to our particular brand of entertainment.
“We are exhilarated at the prospect of bringing The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo to Wellington.
“By any standards, to play the Westpac Stadium is an extraordinary venture and we are very much looking forward to all it entails.
“We are bringing together a huge international cast and a musical score that will, I hope, be a terrific addition to the 2016 New Zealand events calendar.”
New Zealand Festival Executive Chair, Kerry Prendergast, said: “There really is nothing else on earth like the Tattoo.
“Each year, when performed in the grounds of Edinburgh Castle it sells out, with 220,000 people getting the chance to see it live every year. A further 100 million people watch on TV.
“It’s one of those once in a lifetime cultural experiences that stays with people long after they see it.”