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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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Entertaining night out

We are regulars to the Princess Theatre and popped along to the story of the Bee Gees which was enjoyable.The dancers which accompanied the artists were excellent.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Cornishij
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We are regulars to the Princess Theatre and popped along to the story of the Bee Gees which was enjoyable.The dancers which accompanied the artists were excellent.

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

Hi Cornishij It is brilliant to hear you are returning customers to our Theatre, that's great news. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with us and review on our Trip Advisor page. We are pleased you enjoyed the performance and look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind regards Princess Theare. More 

North Tawton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband & I decided to go to a show here at the last minute, I tried to win tickets & didn't get through so booked anyway. We live about 45 minutes away but decided we wanted to go the whole job so booked a guest house & decided to eat out. When we arrived in Torquay we were met... More 

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

Hello Shipinn Wow what a lovely review! It's fantastic to hear you joined us even though you didn't win the tickets, and we are thrilled your evening turned out to be a success. All your relevant feedback will be passed onto Breezes restaurant also. Thanks again for your kind words & for sharing your experience with us. We look forward... More 

Paignton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Good concert. Chris Montez, Merseybeats and Vanity Fare all gave excellent performances and are well worth seeing. Dave Berry gave a creditable performance. Wayne Fontana was improved on when I last saw him in the 1990's but had got a little bit crude. Subject to the foregoing, a good concert which had every chance of being excellent.

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

Hello disgruntledman54 Thank you for taking the time to review us on our Trip Advisor page and for your lovely review. Its great to hear you enjoyed the performance of Solid Silver 60's and thank you for sharing your thoughts with us regarding the performance. Its much appreciated. We hope you return again soon. Kind regards Princess Theatre. More 

Torquay, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 11 April 2017

A lovely pre theatre dinner before a wander along to the Princess Theatre. Staff are always welcoming. Cute theatre. Outstanding performance of Japanese Drumming. So entertaining. Next.- tickets for the ballet i think.

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

Hi amandaV9892EF Thank you for taking the time to review us on our Trip Advisor Page and for your generous 5* review. Thank you for your lovely comment's and it's fantastic to hear you enjoyed the performance of Yammato Drummers. All your feedback will be passed onto the relevant departments. We hope to see at the ballet! Kind regards Princess... More 

Totnes, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 April 2017

Can't contact this theatre ...booking office number absolutely hopeless tried all day to get through to expensive ticket line ( holding for over 20minutes at 7p / minute ) for a performance tonight where I know they have capacity.

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

Hello ElizabethRouse Thank you for taking the time to review us on our Trip Advisor page. We are sorry to hear that you were on hold for some time on our booking number, we believe this is because they are experiencing a high number of calls at the moment due to our new forthcoming attractions brochure being released. We no... More 

Liskeard, United Kingdom
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118 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017

What a lovely sea-front Theatre. Ideally located with plenty of parking nearby. Not too large to become impersonal. Excellent leg room at the end of the aisle but any tall person would maybe have to sit sideways in the middle of the rows. Seating angled well enough to see the stage. Sound and lighting was excellent. The show itself was... More 

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

Hi LouCole Thank you for sharing your review with us on our tripadvisor page. Its fantastic to hear you joined us for a night of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and it's also great that you and your family enjoyed the performance. Thank you for your insightful feedback, its much appreciated here at the Princess Theatre. We hope to... More 

Tamworth, England, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

The theatre is modern and spacious the sound quality was good and so was the lighting,the staff helpful and polite and on hand to ensure the audience was behaving !

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

Hi Karen O Thank you for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre on our Trip Advisor page and for giving us a lovely 5* review. Thank you for sharing your insightful comments, its lovely to hear such great feedback. We can assure you your comments will be passed onto the relevant departments. Thanks again for joining us for... More 

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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

I saw a brilliant show here (Totally Tina), and there are so many more shows I want to see. Would recommend that you check what is on when planning a trip to Torquay

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Thank Miss Jennifer F
princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this review

Hi Miss Jennifer F Thanks for joining us for a night for Totally Tina! We do hope you enjoyed your stay in Torquay and we are thrilled you enjoyed your experience here at the Princess Theatre. We hope to see you again soon when you return to Torquay. Thanks for sharing your feedback. Kind regards Princess Theatre More 

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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

Amazing show. We bought the cheap seats but it was half empty so we moved to the middle. Theatre is well maintained. Only down side was it was very cold and kept my coat on through the whole show.

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

Hi SallyK1234 Thanks for reviewing the Princess Theatre on our Trip Advisor page. Its great to hear you thought the Woman In Black was an Amazing Show, that's brilliant. We appreciate all customer feedback, so your comments will be passed on. Thanks again, Kind regards Princess Theatre. More 

Dartmouth, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 5 March 2017

Can't fault the performance but the venue let it down. The seats were creaky with a restricted view (even in the stalls), noises were clearly audible from outside and it was just not dark enough. Despite this the actors managed to create a great atmosphere but we left wondering how good it could have been in the right venue. And... More 

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

Hi Allthefours Thank you for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre on our Trip Advisor page. We are thrilled you enjoyed the performance however we are sorry you were let down by the venue. We have taken your comments on board and passed your thoughts onto the relevant department as all customer feedback is most appreciated. We do... More 

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