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Princess Theatre

Torbay Road, Torquay TQ2 5EZ, England
+44 844 871 3023
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Torquays premier theatre.

A great place to see shows, plays and music. Not to large so views to the stage are good. Helpful... read more

Reviewed 23 July 2016
Juliawoodhead
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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Love bringing my children hear !! Or coming for a night out !! Always an enjoyable experience... read more

Reviewed 22 July 2016
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Torbay Road, Torquay TQ2 5EZ, England
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Reviewed 23 July 2016

A great place to see shows, plays and music. Not to large so views to the stage are good. Helpful staff, wheelchair friendly.

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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2016

Hi Juliawoodhead Thanks for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre and for sharing your lovely and insightful comments. Hope to see you again soon. Kind regards Princess

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Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

Love bringing my children hear !! Or coming for a night out !! Always an enjoyable experience!! Dose not matter what age u are

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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2016

Hi Joannek2009 Thanks for your lovely review and taking the time to post it on our TripAdvisor page. Theatre is defiantly for all ages to come and have a good time, i must agree with you :) Kind regards Princess

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Reviewed 11 July 2016

The music before the show was so loud that we were worried that the act itself would be too much, but it was fine and we enjoyed the show. As usual, we pre-ordered and paid for the interval drinks at the bar before the show,...More

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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2016

Hi devonandriy Thank you for taking the time to write your review, we are so pleased you enjoyed the performance of Mercury and that you had a good experience here with us at Princess Theatre. We hope you return again soon! Kind regards Princess Theatre.

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Reviewed 3 July 2016

Watched the glen Miller orchestra here and it was a great afternoon ,the show was very good and all the favorite songs .plus some great dancing from the act supporting the band

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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2016

Hi John D Thank you for coming to the Princess Theatre to watch the Glenn Miller Orchestra and for giving the show a lovely review. Its brilliant to hear that the show was enjoyable and that it was an afternoon well spent!

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Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

Another fabulous evening spent at this wonderful venue. We watched the Saturday evening performance of Grease and it exceeded our expectations. The entire cast put on an amazing show which the entire audience enjoyed. The staff are all super friendly and efficient. Thanks, we will...More

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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2016

Hi ccsjhj Thank you for taking the time to write your review and your 5 star rating! We are so happy you enjoyed the production of Grease and that you had a great night with us at the Princess Theatre. We very much look forward...More

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Reviewed 9 June 2016 via mobile

It was my 25th birthday & I had booked three tickets for myself, my Mum & Nan for the Footloose 2:30 show. It was my first visit to the Princess Theatre & we all had a wonderful time, the show was amazing. I hope to...More

Thank Sharna L
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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2016

Hi Sharna L HAPPY 25th BIRTHDAY ! We are glad you joined us at the Princess Theatre to celebrate your birthday with us, and we are overjoyed that you had an amazing time watching Footloose. We look forward to seeing you again and thank you...More

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Reviewed 3 June 2016 via mobile

I was the mum referred to in a previous review from Hayley. I apologise to the couple beside me for having to get up & leave half way through the second half but it was unbearable. This is not the first time. My husband and...More

Thank Alison S
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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2016

Hello Alison S. Thanks for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre. We are sorry to hear that the experience you had with us was uncomfortable. We have expressed your review to the relevant department, and hope you have a better experience at Aida....More

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Reviewed 2 June 2016 via mobile

Have been several times and always enjoy it however they just do not seem to be able to get the temperature right. Tonight my mum had to walk out as she thought she was going to faint and she wasn't the only one. I felt...More

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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2016

Hi Hayley S, Thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. Its nice to hear you are a regular customer of ours and we are sorry to hear that this experience wasn't as enjoyable as others. We have taken your comments...More

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Reviewed 9 May 2016

Visited for Pasha Kovelev show. It's was entertaining and funny. The only down side was the recorded music, When we saw Brendan Cole his 12 piece orchestra as awsome. The theatre was great in that old fashioned style, great location and good parking.

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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 11 May 2016

Hi simon s Thank you for your lovely comments about the Theatre and your 5star overview. We are so glad you had a good time at Pasha Kovelev. We hope to see you again soon, with thanks Princess Theatre.

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Reviewed 8 May 2016

A decision was made to go to the theater and we were so glad we did. We saw the first night of Chicago and were blown away by the production. The level of professionalism of the cast was amazing and there was a full house...More

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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2016

Hi BearMark1 We are so glad you could join us for the production of Chicago, it truly was a fantastic cast. Thank you for your lovely comments and 5star review, and looking forward to seeing you again soon. Kind regards from us all here at...More

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