Queensland’s oldest-standing theatre is now Brisbane’s newest home for live music and performing arts.

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The Princess Theatre reopened to the public in October 2021 as a sister venue to Brisbane icon, The Tivoli. The purchase and revitalisation of the 133-year-old theatre is helmed by The Tivoli owners, brothers Steve and Dave Sleswick.

Located in the burgeoning historic district of Clarence Corner, adjacent to the Mater Hospital, The Princess is the jewel in the crown of Woolloongabba’s emerging entertainment and lifestyle precinct, just minutes’ walk to both South Bank and the new Cross River Rail transport hub.

The thoughtfully restored State Heritage building is home to a state-of-the-art performance auditorium designed for a standing capacity of 920, and a seated theatre capacity of 520. It features four bars, a public café, private event spaces, a rehearsal room, a co-working creative office and workshop space, and an outdoor courtyard.

Brisbane local and history enthusiast Paul Granville has put together a comprehensive independent research article for his personal blog. He uncovered some interesting milestones of The Princess and you can read all about it below.