Connolly heading to the Regent for show

Last updated 08:00 28/01/2014
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MANAWATU BOUND: Billy Connolly will perform in Palmerston North.

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Billy Connolly is the latest big name to announce he is heading to Palmerston North, with a venue manager saying the strong New Zealand dollar is making it easier to bring international acts to New Zealand.

Connolly, one of the world's top stand-up comedians, will perform at the Regent on Broadway in April as part of a nationwide tour.

The announcement adds to an impressive list of acts making their way to Palmerston North this year, ranging from Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts to country music legend Kris Kristofferson and comedian Rhys Darby.

The Regent's general manager Charles Forbes said it was an especially good lineup.

Mr Forbes said the strong New Zealand dollar had made it easier for promoters to secure acts. "Acts are more affordable to promoters, and that makes it easier to bring them to New Zealand."

Mr Forbes said Palmerston North had a good population base which made it an attractive place to bring performers. The recent announcements were a good run, prompting the Regent theatre to advertise more, he said.

Connolly will be performing on April 22.

At the time, Manawatu Standard reviewer Mervyn Dykes said the show was "vintage Connolly . . . pacing the stage with nervous energy and relying on his giggle and infectious grin to get away with murdering political correctness and lampooning just about everybody".

Tickets go on sale on February 7.

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