Princess Theatre Melbourne
Australia's most popular theatre, the Princess Theatre has been home to many of the world’s most successful stage productions, amongst them The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Cats, Mama Mia! and The Producers. Built in 1886, this beautiful and grand theatre is regarded by many as Melbourne’s most spectacular and culturally unique landmarks.
Dating back as far as 1854, the theatre was purchased by Marriner Theatres in 1986 and plans were put in place for its total refurbishment and 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.
The Princess with her magnificent façade, domed mansard roofs, cast iron filigree, marble staircase and foyer, still shows some of Melbourne’s Hottest Show’s in Town.
Ideally located on 163 Spring Street, Melbourne, and a 2 minute walk from Rydges Melbourne Hotel, this glorious and chic theatre is a definite must see in Melbourne.
Federici - the Princess Theatre’s friendly ghost
The Princess Theatre is haunted by the friendly ghost of ‘Federici’. Federici died of a massive heart attack on March 3rd 1888 after a performance of the Opera, ‘Faust’. Every opening night, a seat in the Dress Circle is left empty for him and it is a sign of good luck if there is a sighting of Federici on that night. Many staff over the years have reported sightings of the friendly ghost.