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“KING KONG at the Regent”
Review of The Regent Theatre

The Regent Theatre
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$52.73*
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Melbourne City Sights Morning Tour with Optional Yarra Cruise
Ranked #43 of 437 things to do in Melbourne
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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.
Reviewed December 29, 2013

Is King Kong worth seeing, the short answer is yes.

The Regent experience certainly made the show a positive.

Would I see King Kong again I don't think so. Would I go back and see another show at the Regent the answer is, I certainly will.

The show was more about the theatrics rather than the musical content the actors were great the singing was good, the sound was memorable and extremely loud albeit in the right scenes the lighting was spectacular the costumes were fantastic.

The theatre has a warm romantic feel and has been restored to do Melbourne proud.

The staff are welcoming and I believe very genuine in their approach to the punters.

The Regent is a great theatre and can make a good show fantastic.

Compliments to the Regent for an entertaining evening we will return.

Thank Ron G
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Reviewed December 14, 2013

When we went on a Saturday afternoon, about one-third of the auditorium was empty, and occupants of the back seats were invited to move forward by four rows. The music was very ho-hum, and there was not a single catchy or memorable tune in the whole 2 1/2 hours performance. None of the singers was good, and their voices were amplified so loud that I had to plug my ears. We couldn't relate to anybody on stage, and almost couldn't care less about their emotions or stories, even when we could understand what they were saying. Having said all that, the pluses include amazing setting with imaginative use of lights, and disappearing panels on the floor. The dancers were alright. The only successful character and feature of the presentation was King Kong. While he cannot match the War Horse, he was alive enough with his growling, moving about, being shot at etc. I think we all sympathized with his demise, making him the only thing on stage that we empathized with. (But must the shooting be so intense and for so long? It was almost sadistic watching it.) So congratulations to the handlers. The War Horse, another performance with puppets on stage, was however an outstanding performance that one should see, and comparisons were inevitable. In conclusion, you would not miss much if you didn't see this. We rather regretted our money and our time.

Thank Jessie T
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Reviewed November 12, 2013

When arriving at the theatre in Collins Street and picking up our tickets we had no idea of the amazing architecture that awaited, particularly the mix of many styles that exists in the foyer before reaching the auditorium itself. Very impressive and mind blowing. Any review of this theatre must be coloured by the stage presentation and we had gone to see King Kong a show that has yet to be seen in the UK and which will live long in our memory. The professionalism of the cast is striking. All Right, there are no really memorable songs but the stage presentation takes the breath away and the visit for that alone was worthwhile. However pride of place must go to the animatronic team who brought Kong to life. Thank you for a great evening.

Thank bsandrs
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Reviewed November 9, 2013

Have been to many musicals and left King Kong this afternoon disappointed. King Kong himself and the puppeteers were fabulous and the special effects were worth seeing, but the experience overall was very ordinary. I can't remember going to a show and not having some sort of connection with the lead characters. The storyline was weak and most of the performances limp. Hate to say it, but wouldn't go back if I had a free ticket.

Thank kav994
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Reviewed November 9, 2013

A wonderful piece of history. Beautiful chandeliers and filligree. Makes one feel like royalty just being in such a place. The show KING KONG was fantastic, amazing performers and those guys who worked that huge KING KONG puppet were amazing. Certainly be back for another show next time I am in the city.

Thank pauldeb_13
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