Labour leader Jacinda Ardern will narrate an Auckland production of the children's fairytale Peter and the Wolf.

Ardern is part of a rotating cast who will narrate one performance of the show each during its month-long run at the Herald Theatre from November 9.

She has indicated she will keep her arts portfolio if she becomes prime minister.

Ardern has also made her love of children clear, saying during her election campaign that she wanted to end child poverty in New Zealand.


Other narrators include Moana star Rachel House and other industry luminaries - Michael Hurst, Rima Te Wiata, Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Nathaniel Lees and Thomas Sainsbury.

More would be announced in coming weeks, a Silo Theatre spokeswoman said.

The famous play has been adapted for a New Zealand setting. A six-piece band replaces the orchestra and Auckland's CBD replaces the forest as the play's setting.

Puppetry by the team behind the Fringe show Puppet Fiction and live videography will also feature in the performance.

The original symphonic fairytale by Sergei Prokofiev has been adapted by Silo's artistic director Sophie Roberts and composer Leon Radojkovic.

"The story is set today and begins with Peter moving from Russia to Westmere to live with his grandfather where he struggles to fit in and make new friends," Roberts said.

"When a wolf escapes from the zoo, Peter sees an opportunity to become a hero and joins forces with a motley crew of animals. Their adventure to capture the wolf takes them across Auckland City at night."

The show is recommended for those aged 7 years and up. Tickets can be booked at Ticketmaster.


More information at Silo Theatre's website.