Princess Theatre

Princess Theatre, Melbourne: Hours, Address, Princess Theatre Reviews: 4/5

Princess Theatre
4
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Melbourne’s iconic Princess Theatre is regarded by many as Melbourne’s most spectacular landmark. Dating back as far as 1854, the theatre was purchased by Marriner Theatres in 1986 and plans were immediately put in place for its total refurbishment to ensure its future viability as a live theatre venue. The Princess Theatre reopened in 1989 with the musical ‘Les Miserables’ followed by ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ which established a new record for the longest-running show ever staged in Victoria. Today, it continues to host some of the world’s most renowned theatre productions.
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Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.
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Traveller
Melbourne, Australia5,588 contributions
Dec. 2021
This is one of the premium theatres for live performances in Melbourne and is probably the best. It has 1452 seats.

Established in 1854 and rebuilt in 1886 to a design by noted Melbourne architect William Pitt, it is the oldest surviving entertainment site on mainland Australia.

My favourite seats are at the centre in the first row of The Dress Circle where I can get a vantage viewpoint of the stage from the height.

Currently showing "Harry Potter and The Cursed Child" which continues after months of suspension during the Covid lockdown.
Written 12 December 2021
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia9,319 contributions
Nov. 2021
The Princess Theatre is reopening after the lockdown, with a extended season of the Harry Potter saga. The Princess Theatre has been in business since 1854, when the Great Australian Gold Rush was in full swing -- it's one of Australia's oldest entertainment venues. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child will run for several months, followed by another edition. I have seen several shows at the Princess Theatre, the venue is always magnificent, as is the staging,
Written 11 November 2021
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia25,217 contributions
Jun. 2021
The Princes Theatre in Australia's oldest entertainment site with the first theatre built in 1854 and rebuilt in 1886 from a design by architect William Pitt. Not having been inside for a show for years I have no comment but worth a look from Spring Street.
Written 1 July 2021
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Bob
Tamworth, Australia13 contributions
May 2021
Really great show. Some parts are a bit scary for kids. The queue for drinks was far too long. One thing that really did annoy me was that fact that none of the bars displayed prices for drinks. The prices were excessive and perhaps the reason why. This is why I’m reducing my review score from5 to 3. I think it is very poor form.
Written 7 May 2021
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia36,520 contributions
Apr. 2021
Princess Theatre is one of the oldest theatres. It dates back to 1854, and many famous productions have been staged here over the years. Some of the more well known ones have been The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables. It is one of Melbourne's magnificent landmarks and is a must see sight.
Written 30 April 2021
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John-Lorraine B
Mount Barker, Australia41 contributions
Apr. 2021 • Couples
An elaborately beautiful theatre of the bygone era. An absolutely delightful venue. Very friendly staff. The show was a pure delight and compared equally with London
Theatres plays. We’re we’re ASTOUNDED at the amazing props,,, not giving a
Thing away! We are from Adelaide and certainly not disappointed.
Written 30 April 2021
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DonH1506
Australian Capital Territory, Australia74 contributions
Apr. 2021
3.5 stars for a theatre that is beautifully reminiscent of the best of the West End. The seats are roomy for a theatre, but something must be done about the lack of female toilets. The queue at intermission snaked up 3 flights of stairs. Completely unacceptable.
Written 10 April 2021
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Denise
4 contributions
Mar. 2021
WOW how can I tell you my experience without spoiling it for you This theatre and the play on now Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a bucket list event for everyone. Even if you are not a Harry Potter Fan the theatrics in this play is exceptional and will leave you in disbelief . Although the theatre was full it was not claustrophobic nor was it hot, any discomfort you may feel will certainly be dispelled by the show. Absolutely amazed no green screen nor CGI and this show is exceptional. So Lucky to have seen it. Thank you Cast and Crew
Written 19 March 2021
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia9,319 contributions
Dec. 2020
The Princess Theatre opened in 1854, at the height of the Great Australian Goldrush; it is the oldest continuously operating theatrical venue in Australia. Its future looked grim until David Mariner purchased it in 1986 and refurbished the property. Since then, it has hosted many top box-office musicals most recently Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the first time the show opened outside of London or New York. The Princess is a Second Empire structure, and it is an integral element of the Spring St streetscape, opposite Parliament House. The Princess is on the Victorian Historical Register and listed by the National Trust.
Written 7 December 2020
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia9,319 contributions
Feb. 2020
The Princess Theatre is one of Australia's top theatrial venues. Various theatres have occupied the site since Gold Rush days in the 1850s.. Now it's in the hands of David Marriner, who spent a small fortune restoring the theatre to its former glory. The Princess Theatre reflects the Victorian era Parliament of Victoria, which is just across the road. The Princess Theatre is easy to get to; Parliament Metro station is close by, and the tram stops within walking distance.
Written 22 April 2020
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  • Tue - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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