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Princess Theatre

Torbay Road, Torquay TQ2 5EZ, England
+44 844 871 3023
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We often go to the Princess Theatre instead of going to Plymouth. Quite often it isn't full even... read more

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S375RMannh
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Taunton, United Kingdom
Jason manford

Went to see Jason manford, we were up in the circle and I have a bad hip and knees, i was sat on an... read more

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Tulip67
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Bristol, 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 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Torbay Road, Torquay TQ2 5EZ, England
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Reviewed today

We often go to the Princess Theatre instead of going to Plymouth. Quite often it isn't full even for shows like Russell Watson. Easy to get to and plenty of parking if you get there early enough. Restaurant has good food although seating limited,closed end...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Went to see Jason manford, we were up in the circle and I have a bad hip and knees, i was sat on an end seat and was able to put my legs out, but had spoken to the staff and was told I could...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Saw Jason manford with my wife and while he was great having to sit in a rather cramped seat in an auditorium with no air conditioning spoilt the show. The view from the circle was great but hot. Overall a nice intimate venue but it...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Princess Theatre is such a lovely theatre, cosy warm and comfortable. The only problem is the Bar prices, such a rip off. Maybe they could do a local loyalty card for discounted drinks, as we do keep them open in the winter when all the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely Theatre and this review is not to slate the theatre, but the show was a total disaster. Dreadfull from start to finish, bizarre story line, wooden acting, worst ever choreography, dancing and singing an insult to the great Dusty. We indured it to the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fantastic Show. Jasper at his best and the music was amazing with Bev Bevan and Geoff Turton. Princess Theatre is a good venue on the sea front at Torquay but parking in nearby car park is a bit pricey. Staff are friendly and there are...More

Thank genie321
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

lovely welcoming theatre with friendly helpful staff .staying in torquay for a few days we decided to visit the princess theatre to see the buddy holly show a great show had everybody dancing in their seats .asked a member of staff how long the show...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Drove to the willows,had meal.parked opposite theatre only paid£3 50for overnight park.had drink(if you have ATG CARD YOU GET 5%DISCOUNT ON FOOD AND DRINK)show lasted 2hrs with 20mns break,the group played to a PROFESSIONAL STANDARD AND HAD EVERYONE DANCING IN THEIR SEATS.if you are coming...More

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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

We went to see the johnny cash roadshow last night it was fantastic a sell out the theatre itself is a lovely little quaint one staff we very helpful the only thing I must say is call the box office to book much easier and...More

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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

Just been to the princess theatre to watch the Johnny cash roadshow. If you get a chance to see it you must go it was brilliant. The princess theatre was great, fast service at the bar, snacks and ice cream available at the interval and...More

Thank Idealdave
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Kate M
27 March 2018|
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Response from keefidee | Reviewed this property |
The view from the front row should be fine but you will be looking up a little. I would recommend moving back several rows though if you are able.
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Barbara W
14 March 2018|
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Response from malcolm c | Reviewed this property |
Best look at the website online. It looks like the only thing on dates you mention us The Carpenters story on 1st April.
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jopalmer2013
19 November 2017|
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Response from Dawn T | Reviewed this property |
There is nothing for those dates on the UK theatres site but new dates are added all the time. Recommend the following apps UK theatres and Gjg Alert. These will keep you updated with all shows in the UK.
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