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Princess Theatre

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Address: 163 Spring St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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+61 3 9299 9990
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09:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 17:00
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Melbourne’s iconic Princess Theatre is regarded by many as Melbourne’s most...

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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We returned to this Theatre to enjoy The Book of Mormon, a show we had been lucky enough to see in New York a couple of years ago. In New York the play was held in a smallish... read more

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have visited The Princess theatre on two occasions in recent months: to enjoy Matilda and the Book of Mormon. Both shows were thoroughly entertaining and utterly hilarious. The Book of Mormon, in particularly, was a standout performance, marked by it's wit, brilliantly written scores and heartening conclusion.  On both visits we chose obstructed view seating. For Matilda we had... More 

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Canberra
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here for the first time to see The Book of Mormon. Fantastic show, laughed so much & just amazing singers. Highly recommended to see this. It was worth the 8 hours drive from Canberra just to see the show. The theatre is beautiful and the staff were friendly. The seating was perfect for a petite girl like me... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We returned to this Theatre to enjoy The Book of Mormon, a show we had been lucky enough to see in New York a couple of years ago. In New York the play was held in a smallish theatre and as such it was very intimate. The Princess gave the same impression (if you discount the upper level the theatres... More 

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Thank Dencal1945
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very beautiful classic theatre. Saw Book of Mormons here and both the show and theatre was superb. I had a restricted view seat and it was still really good as the obstruction is only a thin pole. You still get to see 80% of the stage, but for fraction of the price.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went to see the book of Mormon with my mum , the play was fantastic but we were seated about 4 rows from the back in the top section and had terrible views of the show also their was very little leg room and little elbow room. If you are very tall or very over weight this theatre would... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An absolutely stunning theatre! Great atmosphere, fantastic staff and reasonable prices on food and drinks.

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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came here to see the Book of Mormon. The one thing to know is that if you are over 6 foot (or, I expect above about 5'10") you will be very cramped. We got there a bit early and when we sat down I thought that it would be fine. However, when the person in front sits down, their... More 

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Geelong, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Located on Spring Street opposite Parliament the Princess Theatre is a building of beauty. Architecture and finishing detail of the hey day of theatres it now hosts major productions. We went to see Book of Mormon, the seats were spacious and guaranteed everyone had a view of the stage. The acoustics were brilliant. Not sure you can get into the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to see The Book of Mormon, which is a fantastic show and I highly recommend everyone go and see it!. This was my first time in this theatre. The theatre itself is very beautiful, the décor is wonderful. There is a wide range of drinks available and you can also pre-order drinks for interval. Ice cream, lollies, chips,... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A Christmas gift from my adult children was a coupon to see The Book of Mormon. Great gift - don't miss it! Today I laughed until I cried at a sold out matinee at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne. It is described as 'the oldest continuous entertainment centre on mainline Australia'. It shows its age. Wonderful decor but seats that... More 

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