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Babbacombe Theatre

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Address: Babbacombe Downs Road, Torquay TQ1 3LU, England
Phone Number: +44 1803 328385
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A valuable asset to the English Riviera for nearly eighty years, the...

A valuable asset to the English Riviera for nearly eighty years, the Babbacombe Theatre in Torquay, is renowned for wowing audiences with their highly acclaimed variety shows, performed throughout the year by a professional cast.

In a time where celebrity culture seems to be what inspires people nowadays, social media is the place to have your say and sharing ‘selfies’ is the norm, who would have thought that traditional variety theatre could still be generating 5 star reviews with comments such as, “ If you only see one show this year- make sure it this one”.

The ENTERTAINMENT factor is paramount to the successes of the productions as is the artistic and creative flair of the show’s producer and director, Colin Matthews.

2016 will mark Colin’s 30th year at the Babbacombe Theatre, and he remains as enthused now as he did when he first opened in 1986 to keep variety alive, albeit nowadays it is as much about receiving regular ‘online’ reviews, ‘check ins’, ‘hits’ and ‘tweets’ reaching out across cyberspace as it is about the show itself.

In this digital age, ‘Starstuck’, has a cast that promises side - splitting comedy, powerful vocalists delivering dynamic songs and elegant dancers who are endlessly energetic performing to entertain you, up close and personally.

The cast of Starstuck including Kidz & Co., invite you to, ‘Be Our Guest’ this season?

Check the venues website for details on all the other shows programmed for 2016 or contact the Box Office

The theatre has –

• Access for wheelchair users with an accessible toilet,

• Wheelchair spaces

• Loop System

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Little Theatre

A lovely little theatre that has a warm intimate feel to it. Not open every night but when they have a show which might be "end of the pier "type or a well known performer... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Devonwolf
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Torquay
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Torquay
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31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A lovely little theatre that has a warm intimate feel to it. Not open every night but when they have a show which might be "end of the pier "type or a well known performer comedian or singer it is well worth a visit.

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Thank Devonwolf
Bury, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We thought the show on New Year's day was well worth the money. It was slick, polished, varied and hugely entertaining. Thank you to everyone involved, both front of stage and behind the scenes.

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Thank jemima73
England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We really enjoyed the Christmas House Party on New Years day. We have visited Babbacombe Theatre several times when we have stayed in the area and always enjoy our visit. The tickets are priced sensibly and the seats are comfy. The ice creams at £2 a shot are a little pricey although in comparison to other Theatre's not so bad... More 

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Romsey, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Excellent theatre for viewing the stage, even if you are seated at the side in row Q. It was not a Pantomime (thank goodness), but a polished, amusing and excellent variety show. Well done!

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Thank John M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Christmas show was absolutely fantastic, enjoyed every sketch, song and joke. The performers and costumes were of the highest caliber. A show to be enjoyed by all. Merry Christmas.

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Thank Soke33
Irthlingborough
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

The Xmas show was absolutely brilliant. Have not seen such a good show for years . The cast were fantastic and the comedians had us all laughing .

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Thank MaryC835
Torquay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We have visited the Babbacombe Theatre on many occasions and have not been disappointed. The variety shows are good entertainment and the special guests are always welcomed and supported by the locals. The theatre is old but the feel is welcoming and the staff are friendly. I would say to any visitors visit the theatre you will not be disappointed... More 

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Thank Lynne B
Torquay, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Babbacombe theatre is a local small attraction but huge on its staff helpfulness and the variety of shows.

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LONDON
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103 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

We went to the Christmas show at the Babbacombe theatre and was pleasantly surprised it was very entertaining. There was a delightful 14 year old young girl with a beautiful voice and two comedians, one was outstanding and had us laughing until tears started rolling with his (true ?) stories. The other could give the appearance of Benny Hill especially... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

Considering there was no live band it was surprisingly better than I anticipated even if the comedy was old fashioned. That said, it worked so maybe we don't have to bow down to the PC brigade just yet. Steve was a good host, supported by a cast of super talented performers. The downsides were volume. If there is no band... More 

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