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Princess Theatre

Torbay Road, Torquay TQ2 5EZ, England
+44 844 871 3023
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Beautiful theatre with lovely sea views

Very helpful staff, beautiful setting we went to see Let it Be and the show was wonderful... read more

Reviewed 15 February 2016
Anne H
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
Excellent show

Went to the theatre last night with a group of friends to see Let it be what a fantastic time... read more

Reviewed 9 February 2016
David N
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England, United Kingdom
via mobile
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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 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Torbay Road, Torquay TQ2 5EZ, England
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Reviewed 15 February 2016

Very helpful staff, beautiful setting we went to see Let it Be and the show was wonderful, everybody singing along with the old Beatles songs. Two hours just flew by. Would definitely recommend this theatre and this show. We have booked again for October to...More

Thank Anne H
Reviewed 9 February 2016 via mobile

Went to the theatre last night with a group of friends to see Let it be what a fantastic time everyone had . good group excellent seats staff were very helpful would recommend to anyone.

Thank David N
Reviewed 9 February 2016

Went here for the first time to see Brendan Cole "A Night to Remember" fantastic show. We had good seats in the stalls so a very good view. Being tall there is not much leg room and you have to stand up if somebody wants...More

Thank lynebbs
Reviewed 18 January 2016 via mobile

This is a superb location for this theatre right on the harbour front. Wonderful building and a real hub for the harbour.

Thank BelfastFoodTravelMan
Reviewed 18 January 2016

After booking to see the Bee Gee tribute band for my mum I was worried that she would not be able to manage the stairs etc so booked near the front on the ground floor. Not only was it brilliant to watch but the location...More

Thank nita08
Reviewed 5 January 2016

We took a group of children and adults recently. The "jokes" were lost on most of us, and a bit near the mark at times for a family show. The twelve days of Christmas has been used many times before but nevertheless was funny and...More

Thank Ron-Hazel W
Reviewed 31 December 2015

We went to see this year's pantomime with our family and were really disappointed. The cast did not gel with the audience for the first 15 minutes with every 'joke' falling flat. The humour was, at times, very near the mark for a family audience....More

Thank Wendy F
Reviewed 30 December 2015

We went to this superb Pantomime on Tuesday 22nd December 2015 and were enthralled from start to finish. Audience participation was great and we laughed so much at all the antics, we forgot that it was raining outside. I recommend this to anyone looking for...More

Thank Elizabeth B
Reviewed 23 December 2015 via mobile

Took my disabled mother to see "That'll Be The Day". She really enjoyed herself and the staff were really helpful as well. Good access for wheelchairs and great seat location. Bar, coffee shop and snacks available on ground floor. Very good visit.

Thank iBosh1981
Reviewed 18 December 2015

I wanted to spend a Christmas evening to remember with my 2 great-grandsons 5 & 8, Finn & Joe in Torquay. As the focal point of the festive evening out we visited the Princess Theatre and saw Sleeping Beauty. We arrived for the first night,...More

Thank Betty W
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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.
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