163 Spring Street, Melbourne CBD, Melbourne
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.
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