The Regent Theatre
The Regent Theatre
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
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Neighborhood: Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.
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  • goblin54
    Plymouth, United Kingdom243 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful theatre
    We enjoyed a wonderful evening at this theatre. The architecture inside is beautiful and we saw & Juliet, which is one of the best shows we have seen over more than 40 years of theatregoing. The show would have been great in a tent, but this beautiful theatre made the evening memorable and special.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 29, 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,069 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Theatre is an eye-catching entertainment venue
    The Regent Theatre dates from 1929, when it was a grand picture palace. After a period of disuse, the Regent reopened in 1996 as a spectacular venue for live entertainment. Now, the Regent is at the heart of the East End Theatre District. The Regent is certainly one of Melbourne's most eye-catching live theatre venues. Moulin Rouge! The Musical starts with a long run in the magnificent tradition of musical theatre.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 8, 2023
  • Paul B
    Chirnside Park, Australia295 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous Theatre
    Saw & Juliet at the Reagant and it was truly amazing. The Lower level seating is not as steep as you would want, but you should be able to see the stage. A great place for shoes. The price of drinks is a touch steep.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 25, 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,069 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Return to the days of high drama and spectacle
    The Regent Theatre is in the center of the Melbourne. It's been renovated, so it's returned to the glory days of the between the wars period. The Regent often stages spectacular shows, such as Moulin Rouge. One of the better points about the Regent is that it is very easy to get to, in Collins St, near the corner of SWanston St.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 21, 2023
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mrchumleywarner
Wodonga, Australia46 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
I have seen this show five times, ranging from school productions to West End. Did they not have enough money for a full cast? The narrator was also Jacob, Mrs Potiphar, a Guard, and was jigging about and popping up at random moments throwing bad fake accents around for no discernible reason. All the music had been slowed down? Random vocal theatrics that added nothing to the show. The casting of a child as Potiphar…..with an over sexed wife? Yuck! Half the brothers were children, and they did a very good job, the grown brothers and female dancers were great. Shane Crawford looked scared out of his mind and had all the pizzazz of wet tofu. Where were the sets? Paid to see Joseph, got the Paulini show with some kids and a couple of good dance numbers. Really poor effort. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it comes to mind.
Written November 13, 2022
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Kimberley H
Adelaide, Australia98 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Solo
I went to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Regent Theatre.

I found the spaces around the bar areas to be quite limited and there was no real space to spread while waiting for the doors to open. Unless you wanted to wait outside, where it was hit/miss with the rain.
The seating itself is comfortable and there’s decent space to move down aisles.
Food and drink aren’t cheap, as a small bottle of Coke set me back $5.50.

The theatre itself is beautiful. Very old and elegant, with its gold detailing and beautiful draping.

Production itself was mostly great. I’m all for a surprise celeb appearance for a laugh, but get someone who can sing. Sorry Shane, theatre isn’t for you. Paulini was amazing as the narrator.
Written November 18, 2022
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goblin54
Plymouth, UK243 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We enjoyed a wonderful evening at this theatre. The architecture inside is beautiful and we saw & Juliet, which is one of the best shows we have seen over more than 40 years of theatregoing. The show would have been great in a tent, but this beautiful theatre made the evening memorable and special.
Written March 30, 2023
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Kramax
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia811 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
I went to this wonderful theatre to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat The performance was a huge disappointment. While the Narrator played a good role and has a great voice, the casting of children in adult roles left me choking. There was a 9 year old Asian girl playing an adult Jewish man. I mean come on, as a previous reviewer asked (and the guy seated behind me!), "was there not enough money for an adult cast?" The narrator which is a pivotal role played other roles which just didn't succeed and took away from the production. It is insanity how bad this version of Joseph is, the benchmark being the version that played in Melbourne 2-3 decades ago and which lives on in my memory for its greatness. Shane Crawford is definitely not the worst person cast in this show and as a Melbournian, he worked. I was planning to see Joseph a few times over summer as I love the music, thank God I didn't buy a second ticket yet. Kudos to the lead actor and to Paulini but forget the rest. For kids and philistines only.
Written November 27, 2022
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Tommo
Melbourne, Australia50,344 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
The Regent Theatre was a grand picture palace in 1929. Having survived fires, floods, and many threats of demolition it was renovated and reopened in August 1996. Im so glad that this building was preserved for future generations to enjoy.

It looks great at night with the Moulin Rougue light display.

We will be returning next month to see the Moulin Rouge show.
Written December 27, 2021
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,069 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
This theatre was built in an age when no expense was spared in construction and decoration. The Regent is one of Melbourne's most popular theatres, and it has remained in almost constant use since it was built. The glorious interior, with its vintage decorations and gold leaf, is an attraction in itself. Any theatre, however, is only as good as the shows the producers choose to put on the stage.
Written December 12, 2022
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Swisshen
Perth, Australia2,323 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
This beautiful old theatre is an ornate miss mash of styles inside which weirdly works. The theatre has comfortable spacious seating which gives good views of the stage even if someone tall is sat in front of you. The stage is large and lends itself to lavish productions.
Written April 12, 2022
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,069 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
The Regent Theatre dates from 1929, when it was a grand picture palace. After a period of disuse, the Regent reopened in 1996 as a spectacular venue for live entertainment. Now, the Regent is at the heart of the East End Theatre District. The Regent is certainly one of Melbourne's most eye-catching live theatre venues. Moulin Rouge! The Musical starts with a long run in the magnificent tradition of musical theatre.
Written June 9, 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,069 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The Regent Theatre is in the center of the Melbourne. It's been renovated, so it's returned to the glory days of the between the wars period. The Regent often stages spectacular shows, such as Moulin Rouge. One of the better points about the Regent is that it is very easy to get to, in Collins St, near the corner of SWanston St.
Written November 21, 2023
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Mr. President
Beijing, China3,255 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
I went here by myself to see War Horse. It’s an old theater. They serve beer and wine and hard drinks inside. The layout is 2 floors. Quite easy to see. Thankfully I had a end seat so I had a full view. The seats were comfortable. Good acting. You cab bring your own drinks inside, they don’t check. It was a good show.
Written May 9, 2020
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