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Princess Theatre

Torbay Road, Torquay TQ2 5EZ, England
+44 844 871 3023
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Oliver the Musical!!

Went to the opening night of Oliver and enjoyed the wonderful production. Lovely Theatre with great... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Karen B
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Fab night.

Went to see the drifters. Fantastic. Great atmosphere good facilities. Plenty of leg room between... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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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 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Torbay Road, Torquay TQ2 5EZ, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Went to the opening night of Oliver and enjoyed the wonderful production. Lovely Theatre with great seating,lights and sound! A lovely bar and restaurant with a great selection of food!! Great professional staff and a must visit!!

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Went to see the drifters. Fantastic. Great atmosphere good facilities. Plenty of leg room between seats unlike some theatres. Friendly staff. Very helpful.

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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi Everton6000 WOW thank you for your 5 star review, we are very much appreciated. We are so pleased to hear you had a fantastic night watching The Drifters and thank you for sharing your very helpful review. Kind regards Princess Theatre

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to see That'll be the Day and the show was very good. Only problem we had was that we couldn't breath in there. It was a very warm day and the theatre obviously didn't have any air conditioning. Went again last week to see...More

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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi Clare T Thank you for taking the time to review us on our Trip Advisor page and for your lovely review. It's great to hear you watched two shows here with us,so thank you for your support. With regards to the heat, we do...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been to this venue many times since moving into the area. Do not go and buy tickets at the box office use the internet and pay the booking fees. The male member of staff there obviously hates his job and treats everyone with disdain and...More

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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi StevegX1376EV Thank you for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre on our Trip Advisor page. We receive positive and well received feedback about our customer service here in the venue, so we are sorry to hear that you felt your experience with...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We are regular visitors to The Princess Theatre and it was third time lucky with the physic Sally show. A reasonably enjoyable evening had by both of us. My wife enjoys these time of things whilst I’m a little bit sceptical of these things.More

Thank Cornishij
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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi Cornishij Thank you for taking the time to review us on our Trip Advisor page and we are so pleased that you and your wife were finally able to join us for a night of Psychic Sally. Thank you for your lovely feedback and...More

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Reviewed May 13, 2018

We went to an excellent performance of Thoroughly Modern Millie which we thoroughly enjoyed. The theatre staff were helpful about booking accessible seats and explaining how to get into the theatre. However no-one returned my walking aid in the interval and my friend had to...More

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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded May 17, 2018

Hello Safariwoman Thank you for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre on our Trip Advisor page and for your lovely 4 star review. We are 'Thoroughly' pleased that you enjoyed the performance of Thoroughly Modern Millie that we had here with us! Sorry...More

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Reviewed May 2, 2018 via mobile

This might be seen as quaint little old fashioned theatre but the but basic facilities should be in place... At the interval the lady's toilet are in massive demand and the queue are legendary, it would be quicker for them to go out the theatre...More

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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded May 10, 2018

Hi Coolberryhawk Thank you for taking the time to review us on our Trip Advisor page. We do understand that throughout busy periods, especially in the interval, there will be a queue for the toilets due to it being a peak time for customers to...More

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Reviewed April 24, 2018

We often go to the Princess Theatre instead of going to Plymouth. Quite often it isn't full even for shows like Russell Watson. Easy to get to and plenty of parking if you get there early enough. Restaurant has good food although seating limited,closed end...More

Thank S375RMannh
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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded May 10, 2018

Hi S375RMannh Thank you for taking the time to review us on our Trip Advisor page and for your generous 5 star review. We appreciate all feedback, so thank you for sharing your experience with us. The refurbishment in the restaurant is still going ahead...More

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Reviewed April 23, 2018 via mobile

Went to see Jason manford, we were up in the circle and I have a bad hip and knees, i was sat on an end seat and was able to put my legs out, but had spoken to the staff and was told I could...More

Thank Tulip67
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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded May 10, 2018

Hi Tulip67 Thank you for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre on our Trip Advisor page and for your generous 5 star review. We are so thrilled you enjoyed Jason Manford and were able to stay and view the show comfortably. We hope...More

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Reviewed April 22, 2018 via mobile

Saw Jason manford with my wife and while he was great having to sit in a rather cramped seat in an auditorium with no air conditioning spoilt the show. The view from the circle was great but hot. Overall a nice intimate venue but it...More

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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded May 10, 2018

Hi mpeaton99 Thank you for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre on our Trip Advisor page and for your lovely 4 star review. It's great to hear you enjoyed a night watching Jason Manford. With regards to the heat, we do our upmost...More

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Jackie C
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Response from Kenneth C | Reviewed this property |
Don't know there are usually places for wheelchairs nowadays but if you ring. Am sure they will be helpful..
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Response from JeffTheChairman | Reviewed this property |
Hi I fully agree with John - downstairs stalls - front 5 rows centre I hope she enjoys her first visit Jeff
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Response from keefidee | Reviewed this property |
The view from the front row should be fine but you will be looking up a little. I would recommend moving back several rows though if you are able.
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