The Jim Henson Retrospectacle




  • Live concert with Bret McKenzie and NZSO
  • Masterclasses with famous puppeteers
  • Film fortnight series


Celebrate the creator of The Muppets in the world's coolest little capital with 21 days of events including live concerts, films and workshops.

9-29 April 2018

New Zealand
Jim Henson and his characters, New Zealand

By The Jim Henson Company

New Zealand
Brett McKenzie, New Zealand

By Rebecca McMillan

Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington

By Mark Tantrum

Museum of Te Papa Tongawera, Wellington

By Positively Wellington Tourism

Solace in the Wind statue, Wellington

By Julian Apse

Mt Victoria , Wellington

By Rob Suisted

Jim Henson’s characters and Bret McKenzie are taking over Wellington to celebrate and pay tribute to the magic and wonder of Jim Henson’s legacy.

The Jim Henson Restropectacle is a colourful, 21-day festival, including a live concert with Bret McKenzie, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and The Muppets. 

Head along from April 9-29 to welcome international guests and some of the characters from The Muppet Show, Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock to the creative capital. The Embassy Theatre will screen classic films and rare footage from the Henson archive on the giant screen.

Join Jim’s characters, colleagues and collaborators for Behind the Seams workshops at Te Papa. Further details to be revealed in the coming weeks.

For more information about the events, see

Want to be part of the action? Go to Ticketmaster from 8 February 2018 for tickets.

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