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THEATRE VENUES - PRINCESS THEATRE

Princess Theatre

PRINCESS THEATRE

163 Spring Street
Melbourne VIC 3000


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 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. Other world-class stage productions to have played at this theatre include Cats, Mama Mia!, The Producers, Dirty Dancing, Jersey Boys and Hairspray.

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.

nEXT PERFORMANCE
The King and I
General information
Location Map

Princes Theatre Location
Box Office

CONTACT
Ticket and Show Information
Ticketmaster 1300 111 011
www.ticketmaster.com.au

Wheelchair and Disability Bookings – All Venues
(03) 9299 9800

BOX OFFICE HOURS
The Princess Theatre Box office is open Tuesday – Friday 9am-5pm, and 2 hours before all shows on evenings and weekends. The Box Office is closed on Mondays.

TYPES OF PAYMENT ACCEPTED AT BOX OFFICE
Cash or Credit Card. No Eftpos.

VENUE TICKET COLLECTIONS
Pre-paid tickets can be collected from the venue Box Office within the said opening hours or from 1.5 hours prior on the day of the performance. 

Tickets can also be collected from any Ticketmaster outlet up until the day of the performance. 

VIP Red Carpet ticket holders can pick up tickets and vouchers from 1 hour pre-show on the day of the event at the VIP Window in the foyer at the Princess Theatre.

Nearby Bars & Restaurants
RESTAURANTS

Federici  Bistro
163 Spring St, Melbourne
Ph: (03) 9299 9823
Visit the Federici Bistro Website

Overlooking Spring Street at Melbourne’s iconic Princess Theatre the Federici Bistro serves a delicious menu, an impressive wine list and great coffee. The bistro has been recently refurbished but maintains pieces reminiscent of its eventful history. Outdoor seating is available.

Von Haus
1A Crossley Street, Melbourne
(03) 9662 275

Little Collins St Kitchen
Level 1, 27 Little Collins Street Melbourne
03 9290 1056

Pellegrini’s
66 Bourke Street, Melbourne
(03) 9662 1885

Grossi Florentino’s
80 Bourke Street  Melbourne
(03) 9662 1811

Spaghetti Tree
59 Bourke Street  Melbourne
(03) 9650 3174

Gingerboy
27-29 Crossley Street, Melbourne, Vic 3000.
Tel: (03) 9662 4200

BARS

Terrace Bar
Level 3, 27 Little Collins Street Melbourne 3000
03 9290 1056

The Melbourne Supper Club
1st Floor, 161 Spring Street Melbourne, VIC 3000
Ph: (03) 9654 6300

Aura The Lounge
12 Bourke Street Melbourne VIC 3000
Ph: (03) 9654 3533

Punchlane Wine Bar Restaurant
43 Little Bourke Street
Ph: 9639 4944

Public Transport

TRAIN
The nearest station is Parliament Station
contact: http://www.metrotrains.com.au for timetable and services

TRAM
Trams 86 & 96 to Bourke Street.  The free City Circle Tram also goes past the Princess Theatre.

Parking

Patrons of the Princess Theatre can avail of preferred parking rates at the nearby Wilson Parking, Parkade, 34-60 Little Collins Street, Melbourne.

Offer rates are currently as follows:

  • $6 after 4pm M-F nights and all day on weekends
  • $31 between 6am and midnight M-F
  1. Booking

    • Parking must be booked online in advance via www.bookabay.com.au
    • Enter codeword: MARRINER (case sensitive) in the Discount Voucher field
    • You have a 1 hour grace period either side of your entry/exit times. To alleviate issues, please book to leave as late as possible as you can always leave earlier without any issues.
    • You will receive confirmation of your booking via email and you can also select to receive by SMS to your phone if preferred.
  2. Entering

    Use the credit card you booked with as the identifier at the boom gate on entry to the car park.

  3. Exiting

    No need to queue at the pay station, simply insert the relevant credit card at the boom gate on exit and and the boom gate will open.

Full terms and conditions can be viewed online at www.bookabay.com.au

Accessibility

PHYSICAL ACCESS
There are several theatre entrances located on Spring Street. Glass doors are kept open prior to and during performances. There is one step up into each doorway.

Accessible Entrance
A ramp is positioned at the door two hours before performance time.

Foyer
The foyer is a tiled area. All counters in the foyer area are high. There is a slight rise into the auditorium before the tiled surface gives way to carpet. The box office is located in the foyer.

Auditorium
There are no steps from the foyer into the Stalls area of the auditorium. Seating has no central aisles. Seats fold down and forward leaving more room between rows when seats are unoccupied; some people however, may need to brace themselves against the armrest. From the last four or five rows (T-W), view of the stage, above actor’s head height, is affected by the Dress Circle overhang.
Steps up to the Dress Circle are marble, and the railing is high and thick. There are numerous steps with railing up to the Grand Circle. Keep in mind that the Grand Circle is a long way up and that seating rows are steeply tiered. There are no rails down the internal aisles and the aisles’ steps are irregular. The side aisles have rails.

TOILETS
There are eight steps, with rails, down to the male toilets in the street level foyer. Female toilets at this level have one small step. There are no steps leading to the male toilets in the Dress Circle Foyer. Female toilets on this level have two steps with no handrail. To access the Grand Circle toilets, it is necessary to go down a flight of steps and then a further five steps, all with rails.

Accessible Toilets
There is a unisex accessible toilet located between the Male and Female toilets at the Little Bourke Street end of the lower foyer. There is a clearly visible sign.

FACILITIES FOR PEOPLE WITH MOBILITY IMPAIREMENTS
It is recommended to request Stalls seating. Grand Circle not suitable for elderly/disabled or patrons who suffer Vertigo. Frames and crutches are stored in either the recesses in front and back of Stalls, or in the Front of House Manager’s office and returned at interval and conclusion of performances. Patrons are advised of storage area and all items are marked with the patron’s row and seat number.

FACILITIES FOR WHEELCHAIR USERS
For all wheelchair/accessible seating enquiries please contact the Box Office on (03) 9299 9800.

FACILITIES FOR PEOPLE WITH SIGHT IMPAIRMENTS
Seats close to the stage can be requested when booking tickets. Please book through the Box Office on (03) 9299 9800. Some shows have audio-described performances. Direct enquires to the Association for the Blind.

FACILITIES FOR PEOPLE WITH HEARING IMPAIRMENTS
There is a hearing loop within the Stalls seating. People with a hearing aid will need a ‘T switch’. Please contact the Box Office directly for more information on (03) 9299 9800.

Other Venue Information and General Rules
CHILDREN RULES

MARRINER GROUP BABES-IN-ARMS POLICY
Most productions are considered to be unsuitable for children under the age of two years. If taking your child under two years of age into the theatre, please be aware of the following concerns:

  • Tripping hazards, row spacing, stairs, steep rakes and the lack of light in the auditorium during a performance can be particularly hazardous when carrying an infant within the theatre.
    Production elements such as loud music, bright lights pyrotechnic stage effects and show content can cause distress to infants.
    The potential for disturbance to other patrons by crying or restless infants.

Parents choosing to visit the theatre with children less than two years of age are asked to liaise with the theatre's front-of-house staff on arrival at the theatre.

Please be considerate of other patrons in the theatre. If your infant is causing a disturbance, we ask that you temporarily remove the infant from the auditorium.

As the safety of children, parents and other patrons is of high importance, these concerns are brought to your attention for your consideration so that you and all other patrons can enjoy the show in a safe environment.

PLEASE NOTE: Patrons attending with a child under 2 years must purchase an aisle seat in the stalls as this is the safest option. It is recommended that you book through the Box Office by calling (03) 9299 9800.
For children attending a performance, there are a limited number of booster seats available at the usher’s discretion.

AGE RESTRICTIONS
Generally there are no age restrictions. However, for licensed areas a valid form of ID is required; learner or driver’s license, passport, proof of age card, keypass. Some events may have specific age restrictions.

PROHIBITED
Alcohol, hot drinks, cans, bottles, recording equipment can not be brought onto the premises.

NO SMOKING
The Princess Theatre is a no smoking venue.
ATM’s
There are no ATM’s on the premises. Closest ATM is on the corner of Little Bourke and Exhibition Street.

LOST, STOLEN OR DAMAGED TICKETS
Lost, stolen or damaged tickets must be reported to Ticketmaster prior to the event day, or prior to 4pm on the event day

CLOAKROOM
There is a cloakroom available in the downstairs foyer. Please see an usher on entry to the theatre. The theatre provides this service complimentary.

SEATING
The Princess Theatre is a fully seated venue over three levels.

CATERING
Snacks are available for purchase at all bars within the Princess Theatre

PRIVATE DINING
The Princess Theatre’s two private dining rooms provide the perfect space for a pre show dinner or cocktail reception. Please contact our Event Sales Office if you would like to book one of our Corporate Entertainment Packages by calling (03) 9299 9860 or by emailing events@marrinergroup.com.au