The Regent Theatre takes pride of place in the sunny lower half of Dunedin’s central Octagon reserve. The theatre regularly hosts live theatre, music, graduations and prize givings, opera, dance, film, project launches, conferences, circus, festivals and community events.
The complex consists of three buildings – the original Ross building (1876), the theatre auditorium (1928) and the fly tower, stage and dressing rooms (1980-81). The maintenance of the theatre has remained true to its historical roots, and it is the only large live theatre venue with a proscenium arch in the Otago area. In 1987, the Regent Theatre was registered as a Category 1 Historic Building. Behind the façade in the Octagon is the original auditorium with one of the largest audience capacities of any theatre in New Zealand, and, as it is fan shaped, all seats provide a good view.
There are several off-street parking buildings and car parks within a few minutes’ walk of the Theatre as well as both paid and free on-street parking.
There is a taxi rank across the Octagon which usually has taxis waiting for customers. If there are none, or you have mobility difficulties, we are very happy to call one to collect you at the door.
There are bus stops for most Dunedin bus routes at various locations around the wider Octagon area.
For more information about the Regent Theatre, click here.