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The Jim Henson Retrospectacle is an upcoming, three-week celebration of Jim Henson held in Wellington, New Zealand from April 9 - 29, 2018.

The event will feature film and compilation screenings at the Embassy Theatre, along with workshops, puppetry master classes and Q&A sessions at Te Papa. Known guests include Bonnie Erickson and Dave Goelz. The entire event concludes with a two-night concert at the Michael Fowler Centre on April 27 and 28. The concert will be hosted by Bret McKenzie, backed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and feature Muppet characters from The Muppet Show troupe, Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock.[1]

The event has been in development since since 2009.[2]

Event Calendar

  • April 14
Screening: The Muppet Movie
  • April 15
Screening: "Muppet Music Moments" (compilation), Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal
  • April 17
Screening: "Jim Henson's Tales from Muppetland" (compilation)
  • April 18
Screening: "Miss Piggy: A Sow is Born" (compilation)
  • April 19
Screening: "Jim Henson: In Performance" (compilation)
  • April 20
Screening: The Great Muppet Caper, The Dark Crystal
  • April 21
Screening: "Muppet History 101" (compilation), The Muppets
  • April 22
Screening: "The Muppets Heroic Sci-Fi Fantasy Spectacular" (compilation)
  • April 23
Screening: "Jim Henson: His Sesame Street Story" (compilation)
  • April 27
Screening: "This Frog: A Kermit Kompilation from Sam and Friends to Stardom" (compilation)
  • April 27
The Jim Henson Retrospectacle Live in Concert (two performances)
Screening: "Sing! The Music of Sesame Street" (compilation)
  • April 28
The Jim Henson Retrospectacle Live in Concert (two performances)
Screening: Muppets Most Wanted, "Commercials and Experiments" (compilation)
  • April 29
Screening: The Muppets Take Manhattan


  1. "3-week Jim Henson celebration will bring Muppets to Wellington in April", Wellington Scoop, February 1, 2018.
  2. "Muppets in Wellington: Capital to host world-first Jim Henson tribute concert with Bret McKenzie", Stuff, February 1, 2018.

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