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Princess Theatre

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Address: Torbay Road, Torquay TQ2 5EZ, England
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+44 844 871 3023
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10:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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The Princess Theatre first opened it’s doors on Wednesday 7 June 1961. Top...

The Princess Theatre first opened it’s doors on Wednesday 7 June 1961. Top of the bill on the opening night were the late, great Tommy Cooper and the legendary Morecombe and Wise.The theatre was built by Torbay Council as the main feature of the redevelopment of the Princess Gardens area on Torquay seafront. The theatre replaced a marquee which was erected annually to house light entertainment.

The theatre is located on the seafront and boasts panoramic views across Torbay where, weather permitting, you can see the towns of Brixham & Paignton.

The theatre is still council owned and was originally lease managed to Apollo Leisure in 1991. Apollo Leisure was then bought out by SFX, which was then acquired by Clear Channel Entertainment. In 2005 Clear Channel span off the entertainment arm of its business and Live Nation was born. In 2009 Live Nation put their theatre division up for sale and at the end of the year a successful sale went through with the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG). ATG are the current managers of the theatre. The Princess Theatre is Torbay’s largest touring venue with a seating capacity of 1,491.

The theatre is a touring house only and has a variety of independent production companies visiting the theatre. It has played host to a wide variety of entertainment, including opera, ballet, concerts, wrestling, comedy, pantomime, ice shows & West End musicals.

Theatres in seaside resorts are traditionally known for their annual Summer Season consisting of light entertainment and family variety shows, and Torquay is no exception. In the past the Princess Theatre saw the Summer Season lasting 22 weeks of the year and artistes such as Jim Davidson, Jethro and Jimmy Cricket to name but a few, made regular appearances. Today, the Summer Season is a somewhat shorter affair and realistically lasts about 6 weeks. A traditional summer line up can still be found in our programming with one night shows making up the summer diary.

Although the Summer Season was historically the main focal point of the diary it is not the case today. There is no longer an “in season” time frame and we have regular visits throughout the year with West End musicals, such as Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Chicago, Starlight Express, Rocky Horror, CATS, Sunny Afternoon and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as well as concerts, comedians, mediums and finishing the year with a traditional pantomime. . The theatre stages and supports local amateur societies with their performances and endures in the local community, like hosting our award-winning 'Natvitys'.

In 1998 an extension was built onto the side of the theatre to house Breezes cafe bar, which is open to public throughout the year, irrespective of any ‘dark’ period in the theatre. Breezes caters for all; locals & tourists as well as patrons of the theatre. When the theatre is open for a show Breezes’ two bars work alongside the Princess Theatre bar to ensure no customer goes without! The top of Breezes also has a function suite, which can be used for meetings, press functions, parties and private hire. The view from the function suite and upper deck is fabulous, as it is the best viewing point in which to see the full splendour of Torbay.

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better than expected.......

I'm not a panto kind of guy but have to admit I thought it was good. I agree with others that Buttons was top notch and the fairy was best I've ever seen 😜Will no doubt get... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Brilliant! My friend and I come here every year at least a couple of times throughout the year. The atmosphere and all the staff are great.

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Thank June C
princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this review

Hi June C Thanks for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre and its great to hear that you joined us for Cinderella! Thanks for your lovely comments and your regular support on visiting the Princess Theatre. Hope to see you again soon. Kind regards Princess. More 

Torquay, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm not a panto kind of guy but have to admit I thought it was good. I agree with others that Buttons was top notch and the fairy was best I've ever seen 😜Will no doubt get dragged again next year when it's Aladdin. Luke was very nice when he came out of the stage door and chatted and posed... More 

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Thank AMH1969
princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this review

Hi AMH1969 Thank you for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre, and for joining us in watching the performance of Cinderella. We are thrilled you enjoyed the performance and that you will be joining us to watch Aladdin next year. That's fantastic news! All your comments will be passed onto the production, as they would love to hear... More 

Grimsby, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First time at venue and paid extra for premium seats in circle. Definitely not worth the extra money. Cinderella was a lovely lead and the ugly sisters captured attention but Buttons totally saved the show for me and my tribe. The sometimes stiff performances and lack of pizzazz didnt warrant the price tag. Buttons did however engage the audience well... More 

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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this review

Hi jjens7370 Thank you for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre on our Trip Advisor page. Thank you for joining us to watch Cinderella, we can assure you your comments will be passed onto the production team, as all feedback is valuable. Thanks again and we hope you return to us again soon, kind regards Princess Theatre More 

Torquay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cinderella Brilliant, well worth it, best panto I've seen. Good singing, dancing & comedy Shame theatre was half empty

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Thank 322local
princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this review

Hi 322local Thanks for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre and for joining us for the festive pantomime season! Great to hear you thought Cinderella was 'brilliant'. We shall pass your feedback onto the production company. Hope to see you again soon. kind regards Princess Theatre More 

Devon
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

let me start by saying that the Pantomime we went to see was the best weve ever been too - the cast , production and everything and everyone involved were brilliant . we had an absolutely fantastic family evening. Its great to see performers who genuinely wanted to entertain and I think just about everyone in the theatre joined in... More 

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Thank bon88888
princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this review

Hello bon88888 Thank you for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre. Its is fantastic to hear you enjoyed the performance of the pantomime and that you thought it was the best one you’ve seen. We are sorry to hear that your experience was let down by the service at the bar. Your comments have been passed onto the... More 

Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just come out of the show Cinderella which we booked on a whim. Have to say the real star of the show was Aidan J Harvey who I hope has a good agent who negotiated top whack for his services, that man is worth his weight in gold, a consummate professional who even when corpsing and others around him were... More 

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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this review

Hi cmaryreeve WOW what a fantastic review! Its great to hear you enjoyed the pantomime, and the lovable Aiden J Harvey. I have passed your comments onto the company manager for you, as i'm sure Aiden J Harvey would absolutely love to read this. Thanks again for your lovely words. We hope to see you again! Kind regards Princess Theatre More 

Devon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A warm welcome from friendly staff, small breakfast menu and decided on the fry up with pot of tea and free tea refill all for £6. All ordered at the counter where there was a superb selection of home made cakes on offer. Found nice seating upstairs with great elevated view over Torquay marina and the Bay. Pots of tea... More 

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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this review

Hi Breakfastking1 Thank you for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre, and for your lovely 5* review. I have passed on your messages to Breezes Cafe, where you were served your breakfast. Its fantastic to hear you enjoyed the experience here at the Princess Theatre and the food that was served to you was of great value! We... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Another brilliant show we just been to see tonight Chinese circus it was great. The theatre staff are friendly and helpful, only problem is the stairs up to circle there's a lift to first floor but then stairs to onin and the stairs to were we was sitting I picked the same seats we had before has there's no one... More 

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Thank Jane B
princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this review

Hi Jane B Thank you for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre and joining us for a night of Chinese State circus. Thank you for your lovely comments, and we hope to see you back again for the pantomime run this christmas! Oh Yes We Do! Kind regards Princess Theatre More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

Visited on Sunday for a performance. A nice theatre superbly located on the prom and seemingly very well patronised. We could get tickets only for the back of the circle. This is a large building and you will be a long way from the stage. Not really a criticism - we bought tickets at the last moment

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Thank Ian P
princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this review

Hello Ian P Thank you for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre and for sharing your lovely thoughts. We hope you return to us again soon. kind regards Princess Theatre More 

Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

We have visited this Theatre many times and evry time the Theatre staff are ever so helpfull and can't do enough for us.

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Thank ErictheredPlymouth
princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this review

Hello ErictheredPlymouth Thank you for your kind words and reviewing the Princess Theatre. We are so grateful to customers who visit us many times throughout the year, so thank you. Your comments will be passed onto the front of house team also. Kind regards Princess More 

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