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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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Brilliant!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW 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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Camborne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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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Cannock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been to many shows at the Babbacombe in the past and have never been disappointed. We booked tickets for the Wednesday show and picked them up at the box office from a young lady called Zoe who is one of the shows dancers, she was very pleasant and helpful, which was a good indicator for the night ahead.... More 

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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Babbacombe Theatre is in a wonderful peaceful setting! We had a walk in the sun before the show taking in the stunning sea & coastal views!. We thoroughly enjoyed the show from start to finish! Pheonix were brilliant & looked so smart when the curtain went up!! Damien has an amazing voice & is a great guitarist, singer &... More 

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

Dear aliastra204 I know that Phoenix and Lisa will be delighted by your very complimentary 5 star review for their show. Thank you for supporting them and our venue by posting your comments we are all most grateful! We shall look forward to Entertaining you again, when you come along to see Music of the Night, I am sure you... More 

Harrogate, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I went to the Summer Revue show last Wednesday, 10.08.16 and enjoyed a wonderful show. The revue had comedy, song and dance and was excellent, traditional entertainment. We laughed until the tears ran down our cheeks and thoroughly enjoyed our evening. If you are able to see this show, it's one not to be missed when you... More 

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

Dear Billy W Thank you very much for your very generous comments and 4 star review for our show Starstruck. it is always so rewarding for everyone involved with the production and theatre operation to read such kind words. Most especially when there is a personal recommendation included! We are delighted both you and your wife enjoyed your evening with... More 

Stoke-on-Trent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic night once again at Starstruck Variety Show at the Babbacombe Theatre this great little venue managed by Colin Matthews is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year and they celebrated in style with yet another amazing show for 2016.superb Comedy Dancing and Singing true British Variety Entertainment at its best everyone who performed was brilliant as always but my favourite... More 

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

Dear aprilvic1 As always, we really appreciate your lovely reviews. Every year you visit, you watch both of our productions, buy the DVD's and then submit a very kind and informative review. Thank you so much for your continued support, everyone involved with the venue is very grateful. We shall look forward to seeing you again when you next visit... More 

Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the theatre twice during our holiday, had a great time and came out smiling on both occasions. Queen the magic years was a great show with many of the favourite songs featured and Damien and Lisa had an excellent vocal combination. Returned for music of the night which was the most eclectic show I have every seen with... More 

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

Dear teithio2013 Thank you so very much for supporting our venue and casts by coming along not once but twice during your stay in the Bay. We were delighted you enjoyed both shows and most grateful for your generous compliments and 4 star review. With reference to our pricing stream here, it is very much regarded as the norm with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow! What an amazing evening! This was by far the best show I've seen in a long time. I love Queen and so was nervous about what we would see... no gimmicks, no one trying to be Freddie, just pure Queen music! Lisa Walker was magnificent and the Phoenix band were amazing, the male vocalist has a real talent and... More 

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

Dear Sarah C Thank you so much on behalf of Phoenix, Lisa Walker and the theatre management for your 5 star review and lovely comments. We are thrilled to know that you had such an enjoyable evening at the Babbacombe Theatre! Kind Regards More 

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