King Kong starts previews in Melbourne

King Kong hits Australia as major new musical roars into town.

King Kong stars in a photocall at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne last week
King Kong stars in a photocall at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne last week

If you thought that Betty the little animatronic pig in Cameron Mackintosh’s Betty Blue Eyes was impressive, then think again!

The Creature Technology Company in Australia, who were responsible for building the all-singing, all-dancing (well, nearly) pig, are about to deliver their most theatrically challenging animatronics creation to-date.

King Kong is a massive (in every sense) new musical that debuts in Melbourne next month, and is currently in previews at the Regent Theatre.

Directed by Daniel Kramer, with a book by Craig Lucas and original music by Marius de Vries, the show is based on the classic 1933 movie – and countless remakes – about a giant ape gone wild in New York City. The show has been five years in the making and will feature a cast of 40 – and one giant animatronic, six metre tall silverback Kong designed by Sonny Tilders.

The Creature Technology Company, part of theatre producers Global Creatures who will also be bringing Baz Luhrman’s Strictly Ballroom to Sydney next year, are not averse to big challenges. Betty aside, they created the Walking With Dinosaurs and How To Train Your Dragon arena shows.

Whether King Kong will make his way to the West End and Broadway depends on the show’s reception in June, but chances are this show is going to be a giant hit.


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