Melbourne is undoubtedly a multicultural city, thanks to its diverse population. Hence, tourists on vacation get to experience and are exposed to a lively sphere of various traditions and cultures of different parts of the world. One of aspect of the aforementioned is Melbourne's art scene, and tourists can find out more from its many art galleries and theatres. If you are travelling to this location, you might want to consider making a trip down to Princess Theatre, and here's why:
A spectacular landmark that you wouldn't want to miss!
The theatre dates back as far as 1854, which was then purchased by Marriner Theatres in 1986. The acquisition came with plans to totally refurbish it to ensure its future placement as a leading live theatre landmark. Three years after its purchase, the refurbishment was finally completed in 1989. Of course, it reopened its doors to the public with an impressive schedule that set a new record for organizing the longest-running show in Victoria. That show was the one and only 'The Phantom Of The Opera'.
Friendly ghost sighting
Finally, here is something for individuals who love to indulge in supernatural sightings or happenings. The theatre has been reported to experience sightings of a friendly ghost, and that ghost was formerly known as Frederick Federici who took on the role of Mephistopheles in Faust, an opera by Gounod. His passing unfortunately occurred just after he finished playing his role – he never managed to return to the main stage to take his bows. However, the production crew reported the opposite as they claimed he was with them the whole time.
Today, a seat (third row in a dress circle) is always left empty to honour him. If his presence is sighted on the night of a performance, it is believed to bring good luck to the night's event.
Accommodations near Princess Theatre
When it comes to the selection of hotels for your vacation, you might want to select the ones that are nearer to Princess Theatre – within a 20km radius. The top 3 hotels to consider would be Hotel Windsor Melbourne, Sheraton Melbourne Hotel and Melbourne Marriott Hotel. If you require cheaper alternatives, there are hotels such as Space Hotel and City Centre Budget Hotel Melbourne. With a market that caters to all sorts of accommodation budgets, you are sure to enjoy a comfortable stay.
Dining options near Princess Theatre
If you have time to spare for some pre theatre dining, you can always head down to 163 Spring Street, Melbourne 3000, where Federici Bistro is located. Tantalize your tastebuds with some light Turkish delights – crisp Turkish bread and a special roasted eggplant dip. Alternatively, you can also go for their Japanese fried chicken – a tasty chicken dish that has been marinated with white soy and ginger beforehand. Oh, don't forget to order a cup of hot Dukes coffee too!
Upcoming Shows at the Princess Theatre
Coming to the Princess Theatre in December of 2015 all the way from Broadway starring Australia’s very own Anthony Warlow in Fiddler on the Roof. One of the most beloved musicals the world over. The story of a traditional family in a little village whose life gets turned upside down by the modernisation of the time.
The show will take audiences on a journey of life, love, passion, struggle, and reality. Songs such as “If I were a Rich Man” will play to your heart strings. Enjoy “Matchmaker” sung live, a song that brought Barbra Streisand resounding success worldwide.
The show has been honoured with numerous awards that include awards for both stage and screen productions, awards for Best Musical granted by both Tony and Olivier Awards, as well as Best Score and Lyrics, Best Cinematography, Best Sound and Best Music Adaption.
Fiddler on the Roof is this summer's show not to be missed. Get tickets now, as the show is on for a limited time.
In January of 2017 another type of show will grace the stage of the Princess Theatre. This time a comedy from the creators of South Park called, The Book of Mormon. With critics like Ben Brantley of The New York Times saying things like, “the best musical of this century,” and Entertainment Weekly proclaiming it “the funniest musical of all time.” It is no wonder there is a wait list already begun when the show is over a year out.
The Book of Mormon hit the road in 2011 and has since won the Tony award for “Best Musical.”
Special Events at the Princess Theatre
There are corporate events packages available at the Princess Theatre. There are three to choose from with different options. The Premium Dinner option allows for 10 - 50 guests to attend a formal dinner before the show in a private suite as well as after show refreshments. The Premium Cocktail package can accommodate a party of 10 - 90 and includes sparkling, white and red wines as well as beer and softdrinks several canapes. The Pre-Theatre Dinner serves 10 - 50 guests and has a delightful 2 course meal along with a beverage selection.
Each of the three group packages make great incentives to reward hard working employees, or spectacular ways to thank your best clients.
Transportation to the Princess Theatre
Never do you have to worry about arranging transport when visiting Melbourne. We provide coach charters for corporate groups as well as private individuals too. So, whether you are travelling with a big group of family members or your colleagues, we can provide you with the best chartered coach for safe and comfortable commuting.