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Princess Theatre

Torbay Road, Torquay TQ2 5EZ, England
+44 844 871 3023
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Princess theatre

Kids enjoyed the show Joe pasquale Next week it was Roy chubby brown Week after Ken Dodd... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jepson802
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Superb

Went to see Dirty Dancing here on 2nd August with my partner. Never saw the film so I didn't know... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
steve a
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Haltwhistle, United Kingdom
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
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Torbay Road, Torquay TQ2 5EZ, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Kids enjoyed the show Joe pasquale Next week it was Roy chubby brown Week after Ken Dodd happiness The best shows The kids laughedMore

Thank Jepson802
princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello Jepson802 Thank you for sharing your review with us for the Princess Theatre. Its lovely to hear that the kids enjoyed Joe Pasquale, and that you are visiting us again with some other great comedians. We are looking forward to welcoming you back again....More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to see Dirty Dancing here on 2nd August with my partner. Never saw the film so I didn't know the story. One of the best shows I've ever seen. The cast were brilliant as was the ever changing scenery. The sight of the leading...More

Thank steve a
princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi steve a Thank you for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre on our Trip Advisor page and for your generous 5* review. We are so pleased you enjoyed the performance of Dirty Dancing, we had a great time that week when the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a fantastic weekend in Torquay. Went to the princess theatre to see dirty dancing for my mothers 80th birthday. What a brilliant show! The guy was amazing better than Patrick swayze . It was very true to the film. One of the best shows...More

Thank Julie15sand
princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Julie15sand Firstly may we wish your mother a very happy 80th Birthday! It's fantastic to hear you joined us for a night of Dirty Dancing and you and your mum really enjoyed the performance. We hope you and your mum return to us again...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to see my all time favourite Dirty Dancing, the cast were excellent and the choreography really good not to mention the props. This must have cost a fortune to produce. Worth every penny...If it comes to a town near you go to see it...More

Thank Shirley P
princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Shirley P Thank you for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre on our Trip Advisor page and for joining us for your favourite show, Dirty Dancing. Thank you for sharing your lovely feedback and comments with us, we really do appreciate it....More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an amazing show from start to finish, some lovely twists in the show, the cast worked really hard throughout, well worth seeing.

Thank sheilamurray2016
princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi sheilamurray2016 Thank you for writing us a lovely 5* review. We are so pleased you enjoyed the show of Dirty Dancing and thought it was 'amazing', the cast really were superb! We appreciate all feedback, so thanks once again. kind regards Princess Theatre

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow!! We visited this great Theatre for the last Dirty Dancing performance. I was completely blown away the show was outstandingly brilliant! It is my most favourite film of all time, so I consider myself as a harsh critic. I can find no fault whatsoever....More

Thank ccsjhj
princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi ccsjhj Thank you for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre on our Trip Advisor page. It is great to hear you joined us for the show of Dirty Dancing. Thank you so much for your lovely feedback and comments, we can assure...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cast was Amazing! Verygood show and no mess ups ! Very good singers and dancers ! Would definitely be back for a show againMore

Thank stephaniemacpherson
princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi stephaniemacpherson Thank you for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre on our Trip Advisor page, its great to hear you joined us for a night of Dirty Dancing and that you really enjoyed the show. We do hope to see you again...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent show, cast were amazing, acting, dancing and singing. Standing ovation, well deserved!! Lovely theatre, not too big so good view everywhere.More

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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Dursley65 Thank you for taking the time to review Dirty Dancing at the Princess Theatre and for your generous 5* review. Thank you for your lovely review and we are thrilled you had a great time here with us, some might say 'the time...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went tonight to see Dirty Dancing and it was truly amazing! Standing ovation at the end, the dancing was just fabulous and the lead was even better than Patrick Swayzee!! Fantastic night, I left in tears as didn't want it to end! Thinking of booking...More

1  Thank julie w
princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi julie w What a lovely review! Thank you. We are so pleased you enjoyed the performance of Dirty Dancing, it really was a brilliant show. We appreciate all feedback so thank you for taking the time to review Dirty Dancing on the Princess Theatre's...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is the third time we have been to this wonderful show, Still a 5/5 show but this time was slightly disappointing!!! The small gripe we had I actually heard other people leaving saying that the lead singers Mike was slightly lower and he could...More

Thank Cornishij
princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Cornishij Thank you for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre on our Trip Advisor page. That is fantastic to hear you have been to watch ELO Experience 3 times, it is sad to hear however that this time you felt a bit...More

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34Kaye66
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Response from mooney71 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for late reply there is on street parking
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Denise B
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Response from princesstrq2016 | Property representative |
We have a local dance school production putting on a show called Cinderella/Micheal Jackson tribute show. For more info head to the website.
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