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“King Kong” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Regent Theatre

The Regent Theatre
191 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Melbourne CBD)
03-9299 9500
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Ranked #36 of 208 Attractions in Melbourne
Type: Theaters
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Owner description: The landmark Regent Theatre holds a key part in our city’s history since opening as a grand picture palace in 1929. Having survived a fire, a flood, 20 years in darkness and many threats of demolition, the venue reopened in August 1996, meticulously refurbished and returned to its breathtaking former glory.Today it stands more lavish and grand than ever and continues to host some of the world’s most renowned theatre productions.
Brisbane, Australia
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“King Kong”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

An amazing production, technically brilliant. The Regent Theatre is an attraction in itself though; the decor is simply stunning and definitely worth a visit. Going to see King Kong is definitely a 2-for-1 experience!

Visited June 2013
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Buninyong, Australia
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“King Kong”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Puppetry was excellent but the soud level was too high which made understanding words in songs difficult.

Visited July 2013
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“It's fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

A great show in Melbourne's best theatre. This is just like seeing the best of Broadway here in Melbourne. Special effects are amazing. The actors/performers are brilliant.

Visited July 2013
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“The majesty of Kong”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

But for the brilliance of the giant sized puppetry of King Kong and the often surreal lighting effects, this production would probably rate as a fairly also ran show. The story line isn't strong, the tempo is odd (bold songs or dance routines followed by at times inordinately long silent gaps, almost as if the cast are wondering what to do next) and the music comes across as a bit of a miss-mash of styles (the listing of a large number of music collaborators in the program perhaps offers an explanation).

The clear draw card for the show is the beast, Kong. The anatomy, body movements, facial expressions and vocal violence are well beyond anything I have experienced in a theatre production. The design and puppetry -Kong's movements are the real time collaborative efforts of 10 people on stage and 3 off - are a triumph.

This is complemented by some amazing lighting effects. The stage is backdropped by a floor to ceiling LED screen that affords the audience quite stunning visuals (although for some key parts of the show this was by way of geometric projections that were somewhat at odds with the 1920's setting for the story). And the lighting of the scenes of the natives worshipping on Skull Island are amazingly surreal.

I walked away from King Kong with a similar reaction to my first viewing of the movie Avatar - you know that for a whole bunch of reasons it isn't a perfect production but the splendid visuals have taken you to a whole new world.

Visited July 2013
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Bunbury, Australia
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“Amazing Special Effects”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

King Kong is truly an amazing show of special effects. They really bring King Kong alive but the effects do tend to outshine the balance of the performance.
There was a reasonable story line but seemed like they included some irrelevant songs just to pad it out.
Could do wish some polish and maybe cut some of the songs and dance scenes to make it a more relevant and polished show.

Visited July 2013
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