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Princess Theatre

Torbay Road, Torquay TQ2 5EZ, England
+44 844 871 3023
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Great night

Nice theatre, bit dated but, this adds to the charm of the place. Friendly welcome, helpful staff... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
via mobile
Nice theatre

We saw Dirty Dancing and although we were sat at the top we were right at the front and enjoyed an... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Clare P
Gloucester, 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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  • Very good39%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“front row” (10 reviews)
“pre show” (8 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Torbay Road, Torquay TQ2 5EZ, England
+44 844 871 3023
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Nice theatre, bit dated but, this adds to the charm of the place. Friendly welcome, helpful staff, the bar could have done with some extra staff as service was a tad slow. Jimmy Carr was excellent, very funny. Great night out

Thank mattthekat
Reviewed 4 days ago

We saw Dirty Dancing and although we were sat at the top we were right at the front and enjoyed an uninterrupted view of the brilliant show. The stage is small but careful scene management was effective and the seating, although a little cramped for...More

Thank Clare P
Reviewed 1 week ago

I attend on a regular basis with a friend and we always find it a good experience with helpful staff. The range of entertainment is varied and always of a good standard.

Thank A2453OYChristineM
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went last week to see Rob Brydon, he was fabulous. Theatre seat was fine even in row z, I could see pretty well. The only thing negative was the price of the drinks, very expensive

Thank Madasahatter19
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went last Thursday evening to see Frankly Sinatra , had good seats as I am disabled was a very good evening

1  Thank Janet T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We bought tickets to see the Ruth Rendell play during the annual Agatha Christie week. The theatre is on the sea front and has bar and café with good views. The staff are very friendly and welcoming. The play we watched was very good. The...More

1  Thank JackieHx
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Bought tickets on the day to see a Ruth Rendell murder mystery, Although the play was not one of the best we had seen the actual theatre was a lovely little place to go right on the sea front. Very nice and friendly staff with...More

Thank alanp343
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I didn't know what to expect when I bought tickets but it was a fantastic evening full of entertainment and talent. It was lovely to see the theatre so full. Dicky Mint stole my heart. Well done Sir Ken keep on making us laugh/More

Thank fiveounce
princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi fiveounce Thank you for sharing your generous 5* review with us on our Trip Advisor page. Its fantastic to hear you joined us for a night of Sir Ken Dodd. He is such a credit to our Theatre here, its great to hear such...More

Reviewed 14 September 2017

Surprised at the quality and choice of entertainment at this theatre. Sally Ann Field and cast in a Ruth Rendell mystery. All sorts of productions. Staff friendly good price. Lovely theatre.More

1  Thank sandra l
princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi sandra I Thank you for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre on our Trip Advisor page. Thank you for your lovely warming comments & feedback about the Theare. Its great to hear you joined us for a night of mystery with Ruth...More

Reviewed 11 September 2017

Saw this show last year and it was very very good indeed. Noted this year was a completely new show so had to go again. Absolutely superb! If you are of an age and appreciate the music of the 50's/60's/70's then DO NOT MISS IT!...More

Thank Maxsewell
princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Maxsewell WOW What a great review. Thank you for sharing your feedback with us on our Trip Advisor page. We can assure you your brilliant comments about That'll Be The Day will be passed onto the production company, we are so pleased you had...More

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9 June 2017|
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Response from mooney71 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for late reply there is on street parking
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.