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“Nina Conti Show”
Review of Princess Theatre

Princess Theatre
Ranked #14 of 39 things to do in Torquay
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Reviewed November 22, 2017 via mobile

This theatre has a capacity of 1,500 people and normally is pretty full for shows but today it was only half full.

Well organised staff and easy to get service. Auditorium is well staged so that each row gets a good view.

Thank ChocolateCousCous
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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded December 27, 2017

Hello justbecouscous
Thank you for sharing your review with us on our Trip Advisor page. It's fantastic to hear you joined us for a night to watch Nina Conti. Thank you for your insightful feedback, much appreciated. We hope you return to us again soon. Kind regards Princess Theatre

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Reviewed November 14, 2017 via mobile

Fantastic show by a highly talented cast. Have seen them many times and are always amazed at their ability to perform at such a high level and with such enthusiasm night after night.
On our first visit to the Princess Theatre we were highly impressed with all of the staff who were, without exception, polite, friendly and welcoming - a real credit to the organisation.
Slightly disappointed at the high cost of a glass of wine but this did not detract from a superb night's entertainment at an excellent venue.

Thank Johnwolverhampton99
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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded December 19, 2017

Hello Johnwolverhampton99
Thank you for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre on our Trip Advisor page and for your lovely 5* review. As it was your first time visiting the Princess Theatre may I take this opportunity to welcome you to our theatre and we hope to see you again soon. Thank you for all your wonderful comments and we can assure you your comments have been passed onto the front of house team. We are thrilled you enjoyed That'll be the day christmas show, and had a superb night. Merry Christmas kind regards Princess Theatre.

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Reviewed November 7, 2017

A small theatre, the entertainment was first class.
Doors could have opened a little earlier, foyer small with some people waiting outside until inner theatre doors were opened.

Thank Snowdrop1250
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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded December 19, 2017

Hi Snowdrop1250
Thank you for joining us for a night to see Charlie Landsborough and for giving us a 'first class' review. Once again thanks for your feedback. Kind regards. Merry Christmas from the Princess Theatre

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Reviewed November 5, 2017

What ever you do have a drink anywhere else before you watch a show. Two pints of Carlsberg and Two SMALL glasses of the Cheapest Wine, @ £7 each,total £21 + !!!!!!!!!!. Such a shame that they choose to totally rip you off with these prices as the Theatre and Staff are great

Thank Dave T
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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded December 19, 2017

Hi Dave T
Thank you for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre on our Trip Advisor page and for your 4* review. We appreciate all feedback, so your comments have been taken on board and passed onto the relevant departments. We do hope to see you again. Merry Christmas. Kind regards Princess Theatre.

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Reviewed October 31, 2017 via mobile

We went to see a local TOPS production called priscilla queen of the desert which was very good. The entertainment and singing was great and we thoroughly enjoyed show.
Was good to have disabled facility for wheelchair with easy access via side door straight into seating area.
Limited disabled parking with no concessions but there are car parks nearby.
A good evening out.

Thank malcolm c
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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2017

Hello malcolm c
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and comments with us on our Princess Theatre page. Its fantastic to here you enjoyed the production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. We appreciate all feedback and your insightful knowledge of the theatre will be a great help to others. Thank you so much once again. We hope to see you again for another show. Kind regards Princess Theatre

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