Best Theatres in Melbourne

Ballet production at a theatre
Ballet production at a theatre Source: Pixabay

Below is a list of the top and leading Theatres in Melbourne. To help you find the best Theatres located near you in Melbourne, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.

This article is updated every 3-4 months.

Melbourne’s Best Theatres:

The top rated Theatres in Melbourne are:

  • Princess Theatre
  • Forum Melbourne
  • Melbourne Athenaeum

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Princess Theatre

Princess Theatre
Princess Theatre

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.

Products/Services:

The theatre can currently hold up to 1500 patrons over its three levels; Stalls, Dress Circle and Grand Circle. The original chandelier and many of the building’s bespoke interior features are still in place.

LOCATION:

Address: 163 Spring St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: (03) 9299 9800
Website: www.marrinergroup.com.au/venues/princess-theatre

REVIEWS:

“We saw Harry Potter. Sorry no spoilers allowed! I like what they did with the place. The venue is fantastic. The show was also very cool. It can be a bit tricky navigating in and out with tickets scanning, etc, but the queues were short and timing was surprisingly easy, so I’d suggest having a coffee or whatever before you check in, if you have time, otherwise you have to leave and get checked back in again when you return.” – Matthew L.

Forum Melbourne

Forum Melbourne
Forum Melbourne

Forum Melbourne is a live music, cinema, theatre, and event venue located on the corner of Flinders Street and Russell Street in Melbourne, Australia. Built in 1929, it was designed by leading US ‘picture palace’ architect John Eberson, in association with the local architectural firm Bohringer, Taylor & Johnson.

Products/Services:

Marriner Group Catering, Tailor your menu, Event Management, and AV & Production

LOCATION:

Address: 154 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone:  (03) 9299 9860
Website:  www.forummelbourne.com.au

REVIEWS:

“Wonderful live theatre, comedy and music venue, almost 100 years old. Local and international performances can be seen, as well as yearly acts as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. There are multiple bars on site, as well as cloak rooms.” – Wayne M.

Melbourne Athenaeum

Melbourne Athenaeum
Melbourne Athenaeum

The Athenaeum or Melbourne Athenaeum is one of the oldest public institutions in Victoria, Australia, founded in 1839. Its building in Collins St in the Melbourne City Centre consists of a main theatre hosting theatre, comedy and music performances, a small studio theatre, and a subscription library.

Products/Services:

Stalls Capacity: 446, Dress Circle Capacity: 197, Upper Circle: 220

LOCATION:

Address: 188 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: (03) 9650 1500
Website: www.athenaeumtheatre.com.au

REVIEWS:

“Great place to see comedy acts during the comedy festival. There is a wide variety of talent here so there is something for everyone. Numerous theatres also means that more than one act can perform each night. There is bar facilities on site if you would like a drink before or during the show which make it handy.” – Christina P.

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