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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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Evening at the Theatre

Visited the Babbacombe Theatre last Wednesday to see 'An Exciting Evening of Extraordinary Entertainment'. What a great show, was none stop entertainment all evening and so... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Helen H
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the Babbacombe Theatre last Wednesday to see 'An Exciting Evening of Extraordinary Entertainment'. What a great show, was none stop entertainment all evening and so funny. A lovely theatre and in walking distance of most hotels. A fabulous show.

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

Dear Helen H Thank you so much for supporting our venue by coming along to see the show Starstruck. We are delighted you enjoyed your evening with us! Your comments and 5 star review is very much appreciated by all of us involved with the Babbacombe Theatre and should you return to the Bay we hope we may have the... More 

Torquay, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Since last year after a great Sheila Bonnick Boney M-show I did visit in this year The Startruck, The Music of the Night and Dirty Dancing. They were all highlighted shows, with great singers, dancers, performers. Great and unforgettable entertainments, well done! Thanks for the theatre for them! Shame, in this year there is no Sheila Bonnick concert (even solo... More 

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

Dear Tunde K It is always a pleasure to receive a review from someone who comes to the theatre so regularly. Your support is very much appreciated as are your generous comments and 5 star review! Thank you so much! We shall look forward to ENTERTAINING you again on your next visit to the venue. Kind regards More 

Torquay, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spectacular - Must See Show. These four singers & musicians really go to town with a great party atmosphere, dancing in the aisles, whole audience singing along. Video in the background shows how authentic the costumes are, so many changes, they must have been exhausted. Visited with Grandaughter, what a treat for all ages. Great Theatre, friendly staff.

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

Dear Sue We are thrilled you enjoyed your evening with us at the Babbacombe Theatre when you came to see the show, Thank Abba For the Music. It was nice to see that you came along with your granddaughter and she too enjoyed the experience. The cast certainly did create a fabulous atmosphere and put on a wonderful show! It... More 

Cardiff, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a brilliant show! All your favorite songs from start to finish with non stop energy throughout. A live band and superb singing from all of the cast. Have to mention Lily Laight, what an incredible performer. We've seen her a couple of times now and she just gets better and better, you forget how young she is. Not just... More 

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

Dear carys b Thank you so much for supporting the venue and for coming along to see the show, Music of the Night. we are delighted you enjoyed your evening with us and took the time to write a review. We agree wholeheartedly with all your comments about Lily, she is a real asset to the cast and as well... More 

Worcester, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cosy theatre that feels very personal and still has some character. Very friendly staff and easy online booking but then wanted to change the seats and they were very accommodatingill. Will definitely go again.

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

Dear Ann B Thank you for your generous 5 star review and for highlighting our online booking facility. We are pleased you found it easy to navigate. We are also very conscious of your kind words about our Box office staff. All three of them Marie, Zoe and Geraldine will strive to ensure we can accommodate our patrons to the... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you want an enjoyable and entertaining night out then try this lovely little theatre. Went to see "Music Of The Night" while on holiday, what a brilliant show with an excellent cast. I hope the people of Babbacombe appreciate how lucky they are to have this theatre on their doorstep.

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

Dear Margaret1 We are delighted you enjoyed your evening with us when you came to see the show, Music of the Night. Your support is very much appreciated by everyone involved with the show and the venue! Thank you More 

Oxford
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went to see the show Starstruck, and it was one of the funniest shows I have seen for a long time, the choreography was perfect, as were all the acts, dancers, singers, comedians, it all flowed and came together so well, the audience were crying with laughter, I was very impressed with it all, Andy Oakley lead it so... More 

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

Dear Tria723 Thank for supporting our venue, by not only coming along to see our show Starstruck but for taking the time to add your very complimentary 5 star review. We are very grateful! More 

South Devon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Yes a lovely Evening, Music of the Night , we honestly did not know what to expect from this Little Theatre, it was a Enchanting Evening, Slick ,Professional, wonderful Singing, honestly could not fault a thing , and we are very picky people I will admit , but the Talent from everyone in this Show is Second to None. We... More 

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

Dear CHERYL818 Thank you so very much for your very kind words and review for our show, The Music Of The Night. A personal recommendation like this is so valuable to a small unsubsidised venue like the Babbacombe Theatre. All of us involved with the show are delighted you had such a memorable and enjoyable evening and we hope we... More 

Worthing, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

Witnessed a variety show of singing,dancing, comedy sketches, impressions at The Babbacombe Theatre that would grace any West End Stage in London. STARSTRUCK is fantastic, with all the cast members giving 100% .Andy Oakley the front man , Paul Cobley a pure singing sensation ,Dean Winters & Ben Nickless comedy at it`s peak , Keedie and Eloise Cole singing with... More 

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

Dear David K Goodness gracious.... " pure heaven" that is quite a compliment and one all of us at the Babbacombe Theatre are most grateful for. However what pleases us the most is the fact that we know you had an enjoyable evening with the cast of Starstruck. Makes all the effort worthwhile! Thank you very much for your review... More 

Wrexham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

A superb variety show, non stop laughter, it was totally amazing, we laughed until we cried. Well choreographed and time perfect. Support the upkeep of this fabulous theatre, no frills but who needs them, if the entertainment is better than the west end for a quarter of the price, a perfect evenings enjoyment to enhance any holiday in Torquay

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Thank Anita J
BabbacombeTheatre, General Manager at Babbacombe Theatre, responded to this review

Dear Anita J It is most gratifying to read that you enjoyed your evening with us when you came along to see the show Starstruck, whilst holidaying in the Bay. Your comments were very complimentary and everyone involved with the venue want to say "thank you" for supporting us by sharing your review, it is very much appreciated! More 

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