Busy 2017 for Regent


Comedy show first up

Films, dance performances and children’s shows are just part of the 2017 line-up for the Regent Theatre, marketing manager Hannah Molloy says.
With three shows in January and events organised until October, it would be a busy year for the theatre, she said.
The year would start with Jim Jefferies’ comedy show on January 12, followed by the Chinese Wuhan Acrobatic and Cultural Troupe on January 19 and the DRUMedin 24-hour drumming fundraiser marathon on January 21.
Looking back, 2016 had also been a good year, with three sell-out shows for the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s (RNZB) Wizard of Oz and Giselle and The Wiggles , Ms Molloy said.
The RNZB would return for another season of shows, with the New Zealand debut of Carmen with L’Arlesienne and a series of short ballets with three Eckman performances, as well as Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet.
“[RNZB’s programme] just seems to keep getting better and better,” she said.
The classic film screenings had also proved popular this year, with more than 1000 people turning up for The Rocky Horror Picture Show, providing a “really nostalgic time” for some, she said.
While the Regent was still discussing whether classic films would return in 2017, there would be plenty of other cinema opportunities for patrons, with the New Zealand International Film Festival returning for another year, along with the Banff Mountain Film Festival _ and a new addition of the Telluride
Mountainfilm touring festival, Ms Molloy said.
Children would also be well-entertained with the Peppa Pig show in March
and The Very Hungry Caterpillar in late July, the latter also touring the region, she said.
The Regent team was trying to schedule events on the same weekends as other events either at the theatre or around the city, so visitors from out of town could “make a weekend of it”, she said.
“We’re trying to build pockets of goodness.”