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Princess Theatre

Launceston's iconic live performance venue in the heart of the city

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The elegant historic Princess Theatre is located in the heart of Launceston. It is managed by Theatre North at the Princess, and hosts a diverse annual program of professional performing arts from around Australia. The theatre can seat over 1000 people and  is also used for conferences and conventions.

The theatre was originally designed and built by Mr Marino Lucas, a vaudeville entrepreneur from Hobart. The backstage area was still incomplete when the theatre opened in 1911, so instead of live shows, silent films were shown. This proved to be so lucrative that the Theatre operated as a cinema until 1970. In 1939, when the Princess was leased to Hoyts, extensive renovations were undertaken with the facade and the foyers being completely redesigned in the art deco style.

The Princess Theatre was purchased by the Launceston City Council and opened as a live venue (its original purpose) to great fanfare on 16 November that year with a gala performance by the Australian Ballet.

As well as holding the fondest of memories for many locals who frequented the cinema screenings, the Princess has also hosted renowned artists such as Dame Margot Fonteyn, Roy Orbison, Slim Dusty, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Harry Secombe, just to name a few. Generations of youngsters have performed on the stage and countless local productions have entertained thousands.

The Princess Theatre is a treasured cultural icon and the hub of live performing arts in Northern Tasmania.

Guided tours of the Princess Theatre are conducted on weekday mornings (subject to Theatre availability) by Friends of Theatre North at the Princess. For tour and show bookings phone the Box Office on +61 3 6323 3666.

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Past events

ESC., Stompin, 2018. Photographer: Mel De Ruyter
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ESC.

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57 Brisbane Street, Launceston

Opera Australia
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Madame Butterfly Opera (Launceston)

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57 Brisbane Street, Launceston

Madame Butterfly is a love story that reaches across cultures, across oceans, across time.
JuliusCaesarWB1
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Julius Caesar

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57 Brisbane Street, Launceston

“Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war” - Act iii, scene i
Madame Butterfly. Photographer: National Photography
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Madame Butterfly Ballet (Launceston)

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57 Brisbane Street, Launceston

Love, honour and loyalty are put to the test in the tragic tale of Madame Butterfly.
Peppa Pig
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Peppa Pig’s Surprise!

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57 Brisbane Street, Launceston

Peppa Pig, George and their friends are back in Australia in a brand new live stage show.
The Nutcracker Moscow Ballet La Classique
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The Nutcracker

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57 Brisbane Street, Launceston

Is the dream for real... or is it just a fairytale?
Bosom Buddies
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Bosom Buddies (Launceston)

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57 Brisbane Street, Launceston

The music, the stories and the laughs that stopped the show.
Four Seasons - Launceston
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Four Seasons – Launceston

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57 Brisbane Street, Launceston

Rhythmically vigorous and harmonically compelling
Fragile Matter
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Fragile Matter – Launceston

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57 Brisbane Street, Launceston

An inspiring and thrilling dramatic dance performance.
White Snake
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White Snake – Launceston

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57 Brisbane Street, Launceston

A famous myth that has captured imaginations for centuries.
Fresh Comedy Gala
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Fresh Comedy Gala – Launceston

Comedy

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57 Brisbane Street, Launceston

Celebrating five years of Fresh Comedy with one huge gala event!
Smokie 2016 Australian Tour
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Smokie – Launceston

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57 Brisbane Street, Launceston

Smokie is one of the most successful bands in the world today.
Mister Maker and the Shapes
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Mister Maker – Launceston

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57 Brisbane Street, Launceston

Mini Makers, get ready for some amazing arty creations!
APIA Good Times Tour
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Apia Good Times Tour – Launceston

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57 Brisbane Street, Launceston

A show that will have you up on your feet, singing along
Neil Diamond
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Forever Diamond – Launceston

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57 Brisbane Street, Launceston

Come and relive the magic and the magical hits of superstar Neil Diamond in a two hour concert experience.
DON QUIXOTE
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Don Quixote – Launceston

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57 Brisbane Street, Launceston

VICTORIAN STATE BALLET - exciting and festive classical ballet treat
Celtic Thunder
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Celtic Thunder – Launceston

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57 Brisbane Street, Launceston

LEGACY - the new and highly anticipated show
Nutcracker
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The Nutcracker – Launceston

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57 Brisbane Street, Launceston

One of the most recognisable and enduring music scores ever written.
Circus Oz
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Circus Oz – Launceston

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57 Brisbane Street, Launceston

Extraordinary skills, ridiculous characterisation, hilarious mayhem and fabulous live music.
Affinity
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Affinity – Launceston

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57 Brisbane Street, Launceston

Tasdance with the TSO in association with The Australian Ballet - an exquisite double bill of contemporary dance
Emergence - De Novo, Sydney Dance Company
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DE NOVO – LAUNCESTON

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57 Brisbane Street, Launceston

SYDNEY DANCE COMPANY - Three revolutionary works from the frontlines of dance
TIAF2015 Pasaje
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Pasaje – Launceston

Live music + concerts, Theatre + dance

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57 Brisbane Street, Launceston

Go on a musical adventure into the scintillating energy and pulsating rhythms of Cuba’s musical styles
Symphonic Dances - TSO
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Symphonic Dance, Launceston

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57 Brisbane Street, Launceston

Inspired by Norway's rich folk music tradition
Bell Shakespeare's Hamlet at the Theatre Royal
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Hamlet – Launceston

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57 Brisbane Street, Launceston

Bell Shakespeare
Evita, Encore Theatre Company Launceston
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Evita

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57 Brisbane Street, Launceston

An Encore Theatre Company production
Kelly by Matthew Ryan, Princess Theatre Launceston
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Kelly – Launceston

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57 Brisbane Street, Launceston

by Matthew Ryan
TIAF 2015 Rising
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Rising – Launceston

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57 Brisbane Street, Launceston

An elegant and powerful contemporary dance work
TIAF 2015 Dementia-13
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Dementia 13 – Launceston

Live music + concerts, Theatre + dance

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57 Brisbane Street, Launceston

The most terrifying experience of your life!
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