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Address: Torbay Road, Torquay TQ2 5EZ, England
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+44 844 871 3023
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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

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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Really nice theatre with some very good shows, look forward to September when they will have the Agatha Christie play.

Reviewed July 7, 2015
Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 24, 2015

My wife and I went to see East Is East one evening during our stay in Torquay. It was a first class production which we both enjoyed. It was a shame that the show we went to see was poorly attended as it was only a third full in the stalls. Instead of maybe row upon row of empty seats... More 

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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 7, 2015

Really nice theatre with some very good shows, look forward to September when they will have the Agatha Christie play.

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Torquay, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 7, 2015

Great theatre. Bar overlooking Torbay. Good seating. Good auditorium. Roadside parking £2.50 for entire evening/night. Wide variety of shows from grand opera to stand up comedy and everything in between. Plenty of restaurants nearby offering pre-theatre dinner. Excellent value for money and well worth a visit.

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Fleet, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 30, 2015

Went to see show on spur of the moment. Local amateur dramatics company called Toads. So pleased we saw this show. The cast were fabulous and lead singers very professional. Story stayed true to the film plus music. We go to lots of London shows and would rate the cast very high. Definitely go to see them again. Theatre good... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 30, 2015

Came last week to see Legally Blonde and it was fantastic! Nothing bad to say about this theatre at all and it is in such a beautiful position. During the interval you can go outside and walk up and down the pier and get a drink after the show! Well worth going to!

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 25, 2015

went to Princess Theatre to see Alan Carr again, it was very nice, all inside been newly decorated and looked so much better, oh and Alan Carr was good too lol.

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Worcester, UK
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Reviewed June 21, 2015

Great place for the National Finals of the Young Farmers Entertainment Competition 2015. A proper theatre with excellent resources. Take the family to see a show if you are in Torquay.

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Reviewed June 15, 2015

July garland musical show was a fabulous tribute to a legend with great songs and dance numbers. Lorna luft was superb and so were the other ladies. Ray Quinn was lovely and sang and danced great. A great show to see for a good old fashioned time.

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Torquay, English Riviera, Devon, England
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Reviewed June 14, 2015 via mobile

What a fabulous show the staging, cast and whole production first class. The icing on the cake Miss Lorna Luft a true 🌟 if you get the chance to see this show its a must. Well done all and good luck with the rest of your tour.

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Bridgend, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 19, 2015

I'v paraglided with Reaction at Oludeniz six times before, however my last flight was just brilliant, the flight lasted 80 mins and we flew up to 2500 meters. The sights I saw were awesome flying way above Babadag over to butterfly valley and more. The best part was flying the paraglided over the Blue lagoon. What a ride.

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