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Princess Theatre

Torbay Road, Torquay TQ2 5EZ, England
+44 844 871 3023
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I didn't know what to expect when I bought tickets but it was a fantastic evening full of... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Barnstaple, United Kingdom
All the fun of the fair except

Surprised at the quality and choice of entertainment at this theatre. Sally Ann Field and cast in a... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
sandra l
Kenmare, Ireland
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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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“dirty dancing” (10 reviews)
“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 2 days 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/

Thank fiveounce
Reviewed 6 days ago

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.

Thank sandra l
Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited on September 1st for our anniversary to see The Magic of Motown.We had a fantastic night and the music was great with the tribute group putting on a fantastic performance.Everyone was dancing in the aisles and the theatre was rocking.The Princess theatre puts...More

Thank spurno
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went there to see Des O'Connor and Jim Tarbuck - what a fantastic Show - bar was good - staff were very friendly - seating needs to be adjusted to give more leg room and a little wider especially in this day and age. Half...More

Thank Keith L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a great idea for the holiday season, this charming theatre was all about the kids, no rip off prices and the small cast were great, all of our party had a thoroughly enjoyable night out.

Thank Maxine M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The theatre show was great and the staff however I was a bit confused that they didn't have their own bar or waiting area. I had to go back out of the building in the rain to find an entrance for a place that I...More

Thank Kellec29
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well we didn't expect that!! What a great show. Superbly done and an absolute joy to watch. What a fab Theatre as well. Superb sound and lighting and so well produced. I have to agree with a previous reviewer though, Tom Parker (Danny Z) was...More

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

Hi nick b Thank you for taking the time to review us on our Trip Advisor page, we are thrilled you enjoyed the production of Grease! We hope to see you again soon Kind regards Princess Theatre

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to see this show last night. A great production with good voices and costumes. However I would say that the weakest character was Tom Parker. His voice was far outclassed by those of his fellow performers and his acting was completely wooden. Whoever cast...More

Thank cannas10
princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi cannas10 Thank you for reviewing the Princess Theatre on our Trip Advisor page. We are so pleased you enjoyed the production of Grease and that you had a great night. All your feedback regarding the performance will be passed onto the producer, thank you...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to see Dirty Dancing good show and enjoyable night apart from the terrible rain on way to see the showMore

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

Hi Mike H Thank you for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre on our Trip Advisor page. We are thrilled you enjoyed the performance of Dirty Dancing and that you had an enjoyable evening. Sorry to hear it was tipping it down with...More

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