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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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Won tickets to Hello Again Really nice theatre. Friendly staff although had to queue at the bar for ages and prices were quite high for drinks. They even sold chips £1 after the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Gweek, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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 

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Thank Buddy54321
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

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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 

Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the Neil diamond show hello again , last week , great show bringing some of Neil's songs ( that he no longer performs live ) , classics and real early songs from the bang Years , with some commentary on his life . Theatre itself nice comfortable seats , pleasant atmosphere, two story bar / coffee & snacks for... More 

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princesstrq2016, Marketing Asistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this review

Hi walletShrewsbury Thank you for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre on our Trip Advisor page and for your lovely 5* review. Its fantastic to hear you enjoyed the performance of Hello Again. Thanks for your thoughtful, honest comments, we really do appreciate all feddback, so thanks again. Kind regards Princess Theatre More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Won tickets to Hello Again Really nice theatre. Friendly staff although had to queue at the bar for ages and prices were quite high for drinks. They even sold chips £1 after the show. It was a great night, will definitely be visiting again.

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

Hi Alison W Thank you for sharing your valued feedback with us on our Trip Advisor page. Its fantastic to hear you won tickets to watch Hello Again, many congratulations. Thank you for your comments and we can assure you that your feedback has been passed onto the relevant department. Kind regards Princess Theatre More 

Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a quaint Theatre, yes compared to the newer brighter Theatres this has very little. But very charming, Pleasant surroundings would happily go and watch another show. Down side seats are a little worn out.

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Thank Nigel S
princesstrq2016, marketing assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this review

Hi Nigel S Thank you for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre on our Trip Advisor page. Thank you for sharing your kind words about the Theatre, we really do appreciate it. We really do hope to see you again for another show soon. Kind regards Princess Theatre. More 

Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went to the princess theatre with my fiancé as a Christmas present as I am hard of hearing and wear hearing aids I found the seating to be very uncomfortable as I was sat next to the wall so the sound was bouncing off the walls and piercing my hearing aids... so as not to disturb any other theatre... More 

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

Hello mooney71 Thank you for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre and for your 5* review. Its lovely to hear you and your fiance joined us for a night of GHOST. Firstly, sorry to hear about the discomfort you were facing whilst watching the performance. We are however pleased we were able to resolve the issue that you... More 

Exmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My hubby and I went to c Ghost the musical yesterday...we ate a meal in the theatre which was great..was nice to enjoy good food before our show...theatre was clean..staff very helpful... throughly enjoyed our evening 😁

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princesstrq2016, Marketing and Communications Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this review

Hello shyboy2011 Thank you for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre and for your lovely comments. Its great to hear you and your hubby joined us for a night watching Ghost the Musical. I have passed your comments onto Breezes and the front of house departments, as all feedback is very much appreciated as its fantastic to hear... More 

taunton
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the first time we have been here, we watched the musical Ghost it was brilliant, nice theatre but seating could do with upgrading.

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Thank bazzerTaunton
princesstrq2016, Marketing and Communications Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this review

Hello bazzerTaunton Firstly I would just like to welcome you to the Princess Theatre, its fantastic to hear your first experience here with us was watching Ghost the Musical. Thanks for your lovely feedback and 5* review. Brilliant to hear you had a great evening. We hope to see you return to us in the near future. Kind regards Princess... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

small friendly good prices good shows all year round . like anywhere too do with the arts ,take your own sweets .expensive.

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Thank c r
princesstrq2016, Marketing and Communications Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this review

Hello c r Thank you for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre and sharing your feedback. We appreciate all valuable customer feedback, so thanks again for sharing your comments with us. Hope to see you again soon. Kind regards Princess. More 

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