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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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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Went to see this production on Saturday evening. A very good show. Lovely theatre with great views over Torquay harbour. A tip though we tried to book tickets on the internet and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 September 2015
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2015

We went to see an Agaths Christie play here. Very smart theatre well kept and attended by very enthusiast staff. It had 3 bars on different levels and a cafe all had views of the sea. Seating in the theatre was comfy with plenty of leg room. In the intervals the ice cream ushers came around. And a nice touch... More 

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Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2015

Went to see this production on Saturday evening. A very good show. Lovely theatre with great views over Torquay harbour. A tip though we tried to book tickets on the internet and the booking fees nearly scuppered the trip. We bought our tickets from the tourist information centre in Paignton no booking fees or card fees saved almost £12 doing... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2015

Whilst taking a lovely holiday in Paignton, we visited the Princess Theatre in Torquay on Wednesday 9 September to see the amazing "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" show. We were aware of what a great theatre the "Princess" is as we went to see two fabulous shows there whilst on holiday in the area the same time last year. The theatre is... More 

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Birmingham
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015

We were really impressed with the customer service we received from the staff. All were friendly, helpful and very professional. The theatre did get a little hot as mentioned by other reviewers. Excellent range of shows from what we could see from the advertising.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015

Saw Jimmy Carr, which is always an experience... Seats "in the gods" but had a good view. Theatre was very very warm, needed ventilation or air conditioning. Staff were very friendly & helpful both booking and on the night. Would be happy to catch another show there, if I can bring a fan (the electric sort...)

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2015

Oder we went first to see metro which was brilliant then two days later we went to see Jimmy Carr who also was brilliant but oh my god the theatre kept there air conditioning off all the way through these performances we nearly passed out I asked a member of staff and was told jokingly ( we keep it off... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2015

Went to see Showaddywaddy, what a good night, seat and theatre clean, free parking on road after 6pm but don't leave it to late to get a parking space, best idea have a meal close by and park early

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2015

i went to see jimmy carr made the mistake of having a couple of pints before there is only two mens room and there was a about a ten min queue i have seen this for the ladies (alot of them seemed to just give up) but not for the mens went outside to see if there was any place... More 

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2015

The theatre is lovely and clean, the staff friendly and helpful and the atmosphere condusive to an excellent evening out. Jethro was brilliant! However, there appeared to be no form of air conditioning (or if it was there, it was completely useless!!) The Circle was nowhere near full, thank goodness. If it had been we would have been unable to... More 

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Torquay, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2015

as a local we decided when we were out for a walk to stop and have a drink we sat out side my husband went to order drinks when he came back said you will be getting 2 glasses of wine when the drinks came out i had a glass of wine my husband had a beer £11.70 i kid... More 

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