If you are a theatre lover The Princess is a must see – even when it is forlornly empty. The theatre has an amazing history stretching back to 1854 when it opened as Astley’s Amphitheatre and even then seated 2,000 patrons.
The Princess has been remodeled; renovated and renewed a number of times over the ensuing 150+ years and the current interior are a faithful restoration of the 1920’s decorations. The “Wintergarten” located on the 1st floor level is a visual treat with murals and stained glass windows (see photos 3 & 4).
Part of the amazing history of The Princess includes a resident ghost – one Frederick Baker whose stage name was Federici. He died on stage during a performance. A bar is named in his honour (photo 2) and a seat kept for him on opening nights.
The Princess has been used for all manner of theatrical performances and holds the Australian record for the longest running musical – Phantom of the Opera
During my stay in Melbourne, there were many different shows, musicals etc playing at many different theatres.
You can choose anything from opera to rock.
We were lucky to get tickets fro Pricilla, the musical @ the Regent theatre. It was a great night out and was worth every dollar.
If you are in Melbourne and you enjoy the arts, then my recommendation would definitely be to go see a show at the Regent Theatre. Sarah and I just returned from the Lion King this evening, and we really enjoyed it. The theatre was packed from front to back with plenty of locals as well as a very large group of tourists.
The children really loved the show, and the ushers were very courteous to the needs of the young guests. We even witnessed one usher who noticed that one of the cushions was not quite large enough for the little girl in front of us, so she went to the back and got the big one. There were smiles all around as the small 4-5 year old girl would now be able to see Rafiki and Simba in live and living color.
I would love to share additional photos with you of the theatre, but I respected the ushers wishes not to take pictures once inside.
The Regent itself was built and opened in 1929, and survived a fire in the 1940's, but is large and beautiful nowadays. It did also take a 24 year hiatus while the theatre ran out of money, however the Melbourne people got it back up and running in the 1990's.
Mon 9:00am - 5:00pm
Tue 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wed 9:00am - 8:30pm
Thu 9:00am - 8:30pm
Fri 9:00am - 8:30pm
Sat 9:00am - 8:30pm
Sun 11:00am - 7:00pm
Running Time of show:
2 hours and 40 minutes,
with a 20-minute intermission.
Melbourne has some fantastic old theatres, most restored to their former glory. I went to the Regent Theatre on Collins Street a very very short stroll from Bourke Street Mall. We saw The Lion King and it was great.
Her Majesty theatre..
This is the place for Live Shows... a grand old theatre... with World Class Musicals and shows.
Famous people have performed in this theatre. People like Dame Nellie Melba, who sang her first full-scale opera at Her Majesty's Theatre, also ballerinas such as Anna Pavlova, and Dame Margot Fonteyn.
Originally the Old State Theatre "Picture Palace".
The State Theatre, opened in February 1929, was a creation of fantasy both inside and out and one of only a few cinemas in Australia to indulge in an exotic exterior as well as interior.
Topped by a jeweled copper dome, the Forum Theatre is a fantastic and perhaps exaggerated arabic inspired building complete with clock tower, oriel windows, and cupola. The interiors of the forum are just as spectacular as the exteriors, and almost identical to the interiors of the Capitol theatre in Sydney.
The downstairs Forum room at the 'Old State Theatre' has been converted to a Cabaret space and upstairs is a comfortable auditorium available for film and live performances. The Forum is also a venue for the Melbourne International Film Festival hold in July-August every year.
THE PRINCESS THEATRE
Melbournes historic theatre in Spring Street, lit for gala evening. Many famous names have appeared in lights outside this theatre, including hat of Dame Nellie Melba, who chose an abbreviation of the name of her home city for theatrical purposes.
The Princess Theatre has been used for entertainment since 1854. At its height, the majestic theatre was hailed as an equal to the Paris Opera, the Frankfurt Stadt, and the Grand in Bordeaux. But sadly, despite periodic facelifts, the Princess gradually slipped into disrepair and could not meet the technical requirements of 20th century shows.
Shopping around Melbourne:
Retail shops in Melbourne cover the whole range from markets, street stalls, chain stores, emporiums and intimiate Boutiques, to expansive one-stop suburban shopping complexes.
Par example: Street Barrows, Sportsgirl Court (Collins Street)-one of Melbourne's charming arcades-, The upper and lower Mall-a few kilometres from the city.
You can have Fun-Time at the Luna-Park, at St. Kilda, is a permanent fun fair, with thrilling 'rides', penny arcades and side-shows. A visit to Luna Park is part of nearly every Melbourne child's experience.