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Princess Theatre

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Address: 163 Spring St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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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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What a venue, what a show

As usual the Book of Mormon was sold out but the theatre staff handled the large and excited crowd very well and even the ladies cloakroom queue was manageable. It's a beautiful... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Erica J
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Canberra, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Laugh out loud from the start to the finish. Do yourself a favour and go and see it. The theatre is small but perfect for the show. The story is hilarious, the music is unreal, the performers work together so well to make as good as you could expect. We will go again and will make another weekend of it... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

As usual the Book of Mormon was sold out but the theatre staff handled the large and excited crowd very well and even the ladies cloakroom queue was manageable. It's a beautiful venue for a musical that made us hoot with delight.

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Rome, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Book of Mormons is a laugh out loud, laugh often, toe tapping musical. This show is full of glitz, humour, great voices and catchy songs. The language and some of the topics are confrontational so this show may offend some. However, the musical is meant to entertain and at the same time challenge the audience. It does meet its... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved the show but gate this cramped old theatre. The show was a wonderful irreverent expose on the logic of religion but more importantly it was funny and the music wss good. A great cast and performance. But this theatre is one big sardine can and a disaster waiting to happen. In big need of renovation.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I saw the Book of Mormon here on a Tuesday night. The venue itself was very nice plus it had a bar to buy drinks. The place was fully booked but getting in and out of the theatre for the show and intermission worked smoothly plus even though the line for the toilet was very long it moved quickly so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The interior of the Princess Theatre is absolutely incredible! The theatre itself is built beautifully, and is absolutely timeless.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Princess Theatre is a lovely old theatre, however the stalls seating is very cramped and actually worse than aircraft seating. Because of how the seats fold back when sat on you have to ask the row in front to stand up as well as the row you are trying to move down. I can understand wanting to be able... More 

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Whakatane, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You pay business class prices to be uncomfortably crammed into economy seating. The theatre itself is quite beautiful but the closeness of the seating alongside and in front and behind is bordering unacceptable. Even sight lines are difficult because the seat tiering is slight. Sorry but my viewing of "Book Of Mormon" was impacted by the seating arrangement.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a fun night out in buzzing Melbourne . I had seen the Book of Mormon on Broadway a few years ago and was excited to take the rest of my family to see the show I have spoken about so many times The show is ridiculously funny and clever It's an incredible production just as good as anywhere in... More 

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Farmington, Connecticut
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Only having lived in Melbourne for 3 years, I've been to this theatre twice. I saw Matilda with my daughter and Book of Mormon with a friend. I bought t the VIP package both times. We sat in the stalls for Matilda and the Dress Circle for Mormon. The seating is extremely cramped and in the stalls, it was very... More 

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