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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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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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Variety is still alive

Best variety show I have seen in a while was starstruck, very entertaining, well worth a night out. Had us laughing constantly, well done, great performance.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Sunshinestar2015
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English Riviera, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Best variety show I have seen in a while was starstruck, very entertaining, well worth a night out. Had us laughing constantly, well done, great performance.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We attended the matinee, recently, and thoroughly enjoyed the mix of singing and jokes. The cast are all excellent and very professional. Do give it a try

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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The two shows put on each week are why we keep returning to Torquay each year. The quality from all artists is superb. Andy Oakley is superb as compere. in the music of the night, Keedie's rendition of nesson dorma is wonderful. Paul Cobley singing Bring him Home is just fantastic and the tribute to Victoria Wood is really special... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The show was first class entertainment from start to finish. Each of the performers were excellent in there own way lead superbly by Andy Oakley.

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BabbacombeTheatre, General Manager at Babbacombe Theatre, responded to this review

Dear Brian A Thank you so much for taking the time to write your review on our TripAdvisor page with such flattery. We were delighted to read that you enjoyed your evening with us and appreciated the performances of the cast of Music of the Night! Kind Regards BabbTheatre More 

Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An amazing show in this theatre the amount of work and effort from these performers is absolutely tremendous. As this was my first visit to the area and to the theatre I can not praise this show enough. I will certainly revisit theatre when I am back in the area

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BabbacombeTheatre, General Manager at Babbacombe Theatre, responded to this review

Dear Barbara T Thank you for choosing to come along to the Babbacombe Theatre whilst you were holidaying in the area. All of us at the venue are delighted to see from your kind words and 5 star review that you enjoyed your evening with us so much so you plan on returning - there is no compliment greater than... More 

Grays Thurrock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As regular visitors to the Torbay area, we have seen many excellent shows at the lovely Babbacombe Theatre. During our stay in the area this week, again we saw two truly outstanding shows. On Tuesday 6 September we saw the fabulous "Starstruck" which was an amazing extravaganza of music, song, dance and comedy - a real variety show just like... More 

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BabbacombeTheatre, General Manager at Babbacombe Theatre, responded to this review

Dear Stewart C Thank you so much for being such an avid supporter of our venue. Its so nice to know you enjoyed the shows earlier this season so much so you came again when you returned to the Bay this month! We are most grateful for your generous comments and 5 star review however it is your personal recommendation... More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Brilliant show on a Wednesday night so good we came back Thursday for the music show! It's worth travelling just to see these shows. Great entertainers especially Andy Oakley who comperes both shows as well as doing a variety of other very funny things. We'll definitely be back next year!

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BabbacombeTheatre, General Manager at Babbacombe Theatre, responded to this review

Dear Maggie P Your support and personal recommendation is much appreciated by all of us involved with the shows, Starstruck & Music of the Night. We appreciate you taking the time to submit your review and shall look forward to ENTERTAINING you again when you visit the Bay in 2017 Thank you More 

Camborne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2016

After seeing this show i doubt whether you will find any better in the country. all the artists were fantastic and the show was very entertaining.but my star of the night was Keedie after playing different roles including Tina Turner she came on as herself and sang O Mia Babbino Caro and not surprisingly brought the house down. while taking... More 

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BabbacombeTheatre, General Manager at Babbacombe Theatre, responded to this review

Dear Dennisdart2015 Wow, what can I say? Your compliment stating the show Starstruck could be one of the best in the country is an accolade we feel very humbled by.. Thank you! Its very rewarding to know that this show has been enjoyed by you so much and that you specifically felt moved by the performance given by Keedie of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

Visited the theatre for the matinee performance August24th,and what an entertaining experience it was.From beginning to the end we saw some brilliant comedy fantastic singing and wonderful dancing.With quite a small cast they seemed to gel well with each other,if your down in the Torquay area this is well worth a visit.KjUnderhill Bristol

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BabbacombeTheatre, General Manager at Babbacombe Theatre, responded to this review

Dear kjunderhill Everyone involved with the show Starstruck are delighted your theatre experience was an enjoyable one. You are right when you state the cast seem to gel, they all get on extremely well and share special friendships, many forged during the times they have performed here over the years. Some work together on other projects away from the theatre... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

If your visiting torquay or the surrounding area you must visit this theatre. We visited on a thusday evening age range from 10 years old to 79 the tallent in the show was outstanding everyone was singing along and i was so proud that the main man who was compareing was a fellow wolverhampton. The theatre is small and it... More 

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BabbacombeTheatre, General Manager at Babbacombe Theatre, responded to this review

Dear Kirkbydrive Thank you for your personal recommendation and 4 star review. We are chuffed to bits to know that you had an enjoyable evening watching Starstruck and plan to return when you are next visiting the Bay. Your support is much appreciated by us all at the venue! More 

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