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19 December 2019

The first upgrade in 24-years of Melbourne’s beautiful Regent Theatre, is now complete, thanks to support from the Victorian Government.

inside of gilded building

The eight-month renewal project saw the façade of the heritage-listed theatre repaired, increased seating capacity to more than 2,300 and has given it the flexibility to reconfigure to host productions and events of all sizes.

The bar and foyer areas have also been improved, more women’s bathrooms added and the balcony extended to create a more intimate setting for audiences.

The theatre has been an iconic part of Melbourne’s history since its construction in 1929, surviving a flood, potential demolition, and a fire that destroyed the auditorium and its organ in 1945.

The project comes as the UK’s National Theatre prepares to bump in the acclaimed production War Horse, which will launch the reborn theatre on 10 January ahead of a packed calendar of performances and events in 2020.

The Regent Theatre will host the Australian premiere of Moulin Rouge! The Musical, based on the smash hit film by Australian director Baz Luhrmann, in 2021.