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Princess Theatre

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Address: Torbay Road, Torquay TQ2 5EZ, England
Phone Number: 448448713023
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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Princess theatre is easy to find - on the sea front, well kept, tidy and quite big. Seats are comfy with centre aisle which is very useful. Watched Joe Pasquale from front... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Storrington, United Kingdom
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We had no time to get food prior to Motown show,so quickly visited breezes cafe on sight, choice was limited to a cheese pasty and some cakes, cheese pasty was totally in edible it had been warmed in a microwave and was a floppy greasy goey mess, cakes OK as was the coffee ,but was quite expensive, as were the... More 

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

Hi Scissorhappy50 Thanks for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre and we are delighted to hear you enjoyed the show Magic of Motown. With reference to Breezes, we can assure you your comments will be passed onto the department as we appreciate and welcome any sort of customer feedback. Additionally, we were sorry to read that you were... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Terrible - poor quality sound system - too loud and too much base. Couldn't tell what they were saying. One guy held microphone too close to his mouth - distorted. Very few people in audience. Complained day after to theatre - "thanks for your feedback". Mmmmm nice response after paying hundred pounds for four tickets and walking out at interval.

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

Hi Trevor K Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us for the Princess Theatre on our Trip Advisor page. We appreciated you sharing your feedback with us and as discussed with you there were no reported technical issues on the evening and the show was widely well received. As promised your feedback will be shared... More 

Storrington, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Princess theatre is easy to find - on the sea front, well kept, tidy and quite big. Seats are comfy with centre aisle which is very useful. Watched Joe Pasquale from front row and thoroughly enjoyed it - yes I was picked on but it was fun. Beer was good, bit expensive at £4 a pint but it's a holiday... More 

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

Hello Rodder_T Thank you for taking the time to post your review on our page, we really appreciate receiving feedback from our customers. Thrilled to hear you enjoyed the lovely Joe Pasquale - even if you got picked on! Your feedback is very helpful to us, therefore your comments will be passed on to the relevant department within our Theatre.... More 

York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very busy for lunch. Informed of 20 min wait for food and they were on time to their word. The choice was very good and something for everyone and well priced too. The quality was excellent the wraps well filled with lots of flavour my goats cheese was fab. Great choice we made.

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

Hi Ant1York Thanks for taking the time to review your experience here at the Princess Theatre. Its lovely to hear you enjoyed our food in Breezes and you and your family had a nice time. Your comments have been passed to the relevant department about your visit and we hope to see you again soon. Kind regards Princess. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came last night to see Joe Pasquale and it was great!! Such a good show. We've been to the Princess Theatre so many times and have never had a bad experience. All the staff and very friendly and very helpful. Great location too. Speaking to some of the performers as I have, they all say it's the most professional place... More 

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

Hi Donna J Thanks for your 'Awesome' 5* review and for taking the time to comment on our page. We are thrilled that you enjoyed Joe Pasquale, and its lovely to hear that your a regular customer here at the Princess Theatre. We look forward to seeing you again, for another show. Kind regards Princess More 

London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a lovley Devonshire cream tea excellent service and good value on a very busy Sunday afternoon well done

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

Hi Sarah H Thanks for your recent review, we are pleased you had a lovely afternoon with us and enjoyed your Devonshire cream tea, hopefully the Torquay sun was shining for you. Your comments have been passed onto Breezes to let them know of your experience. Thanks again. kind regards Princess Theatre. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped a couple of times for coffee and cake, amazing. Staff are really friendly. Excellent value for money

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

Hi Anthony E Thanks for taking the time to review and stopping by for some 'coffee and cake'. I have passed this message onto Breezes cafe for you, hope to see you again soon for more cake! Kind regards Princess More 

tianjin china
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been to many shows at the Princess theatre. Many of them music shows and often tribute shows and they have all been pretty good but I have to say that That'll Be the Day blows them all away. Apart from the fact that we were treated to almost a full 3 hours of wall to wall music (and... More 

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South Devon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So glad we decided to go to see this band having never yet managed to see the Moody Blues live. Well they were terrific and played a wide range of early, middle and late songs from the wide selection of the great Moody Blues era. Great personalities on stage, very talented musicians and very enthusiastic despite the disappointing number of... More 

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

Hi Sally W Thank you very much for your 5* review. We are so pleased you enjoyed Legend of a band - Moody Blues tribute. Its lovely to read wonderful comments about show from yourself, and to hear you had a great night out here at the Princess Theatre and fingers crossed they will return again soon. Kind regards Princess More 

Devon, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

To be frank, although this theatre is looking a bit dated it is really quite acceptable for a night out - accoustics at the rock band concert last night (Legend of a Band - if you like the Moody Blues you should check them out, excellent) were very good. Staff very friendly & welcoming. Trays of chips on sale at... More 

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

Hi Ron P Thanks for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre. We are pleased you had a great night with us watching Legend of a Band - Moody Blues tribute. Hope you come back soon to watch another show and to have some more chips :) Kind regards Princess. More 

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