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The Jim Henson Retrospectacle is Here!

11 April - Square Eyes Film Foundation

We're getting super excited to welcome a gaggle of Jim Henson's most iconic characters from Sesame Street, The Muppet Show and Fraggle Rock to Wellington, along with their extremely talented performers.

Our Live in Concert performances have already reached capacity, but there's still plenty more to do, see and hear with lots of celebrational, Muppetational fun for all ages getting underway this weekend with our Film Fortnight and our Behind the Seams events.

Muppets, Music and Magic Film Fortnight

Our Film fortnight kicks off with The Muppet Movie (1979) at Embassy Theatre at 1pm on Saturday. This iconic Henson film will be introduced by veteran Muppet performer Dave Goelz and his furry friend The Great Gonzo. After that it’s full-steam ahead with an amazing showcase of Henson films and documentaries from deep within the archives.

We know you're desperate to know which characters are coming...but we can't spill all the beans just yet. Life needs a little mystery, right? You can, however, meet the performers joining us in Wellington and that may give you a clue or two...

In the meantime, if you'd like the chance to rub shoulders with some extremely talented performers, collaborators and characters at some of our film screenings, then here's a few we suggest adding to your itinerary. Advance tickets are currently available for all of these events from Ticketmaster:

The Muppet Movie: 14 April, 1pm Introduced by veteran performer Dave Goelz and his Muppet friend Gonzo, with a Q+A to follow.

Labyrinth: 15 April, 1.30pm Introduced by Dave Goelz, with a Q+A to follow.

The Muppet Show: Muppetational Celebrational Special: 16 April, 11am Introduced by Bonnie Erickson, the designer and creator of Miss Piggy, Dave Goelz and Gonzo.

Miss Piggy: A Sow is Born: 18 April, 11am Introduced by Bonnie Erickson.

The Dark Crystal: 20 April, 6pm Introduced by Dave Goelz with a Q+A to follow.

Muppet History 101: 21 April, 11am Introduced by Muppet historian Craig Shemin with Q+A to follow.

Sing! The Music of Sesame Street: 27 April, 12.30pm Introduced by the performer behind Sesame Street's Rosita, Carmen Osbahr, and Rosita herself.

Commercials and Experiments: 28 April, 11am Introduced by Muppet historian Craig Shemin with Q+A to follow.

The Muppets Take Manhattan: 29 April, 11am Introduced by a whole gang of our international guests. Don't miss it.

Behind the Seams

Our Behind the Seams events cater to all ages, with puppet workshops for all-ages, performer meet-and-greets, and discussion panels featuring some very special guests. And, the great news is, we've added a bonus FREE event:

Bonnie Erickson, the designer and creator of Miss Piggy, will be at Te Papa from 3.30pm on Saturday 14 April for a puppet meet-and-greet, along with Weta Workshop designers Johnny Fraser-Allen and Ben Hawker. There's no need for tickets, just bring your own puppet creations and come along for the ride.

Take a browse around the website and get the bigger picture and more details about what's in store for this amazing celebration of Jim Henson, his Muppet friends, his collaborators and more!

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