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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
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

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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The Woman in Black

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Tamworth, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 !

Thank Karen O
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Miss Jennifer F
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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.

Thank Sallyk1234
Dartmouth, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Dartmoor National Park, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved the show this evening. Actors were superb, set was outstanding. Very clever use of the set and I loved the sound effects. I was on the edge of my seat. Thank you for a very enjoyable evening.

Thank nickyn4
Liskeard, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As part of a short break we went to see The Woman In Black at this theatre. Very nice, efficient staff. The seats are a bit dated and not terribly comfortable but generally clean and it was an enjoyable evening. The play is also worth going to see, we really enjoyed it.

Thank Mag16_12
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Full of atmosphere and a real spine tingle, I literally jumped out of my skin several times during the performance. Well acted with brilliant use of lighting and sound which at times was deafening! All good fun. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this production.

Thank CheltonianSteve
Gweek, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As very long standing fans of The Moody Blues we thought twice about going to see this tribute but as Gordy Marshall ( drummer with The Moodies for 25 years) is the founder we decided to give them a go. So glad we did, they are not trying to be The Moody Blues just performing a few of the amazing... More 

Thank Judy G
Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Bought my partner and myself tickets for Dream coat with Joe Mcelderry .... brilliant show, Joe was amazing I never realised how strong and powerful his voice is ... also the narrator was outstanding ...and all the supporting cast were fab and looked like they were all enjoying there selves .... you gottta see this show ....you will not be... More 

Thank Buddy54321
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Visited this wonderful venue to watch the final performance of Ghost The Musical. The seats are comfortable and we had a wonderful view of the stage. All the staff here are helpful and super friendly. The show was amazing. Absolutely brilliant from start to finish. Already looking forward to our next visit.

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

Hello ccsjhj Thank you for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre on our Trip Advisor page and for your 5* review, WOW! Brilliant to hear you joined us for an evening of GHOST and that you thoroughly enjoyed the performance and thank you for sharing about your experience here with us. Its great to hear you are returning... More 

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