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“Great show. Great sound.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Babbacombe Theatre

Babbacombe Theatre
Ranked #2 of 63 things to do in Torquay
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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. There is ‘Magic to Do’ as the all new family show Magic of the Stars opens its doors for the 2017 season at the celebrated venue. Colin Matthews, the show’s producer and director won the Herald Express’s, ‘Outstanding Contribution to Tourism’ Award during his 30th year at the venue in 2016. He now has a legacy to maintain, therefore ‘just for you’ he and the shows cast, invite you to join them on a two-hour journey that promises to ‘warm your heart’. ‘Humour handled by a master’ is very much in the hands of the host and headlining showman, Steve Laister. Others with, ‘parts to perform’ is divine diva, Lindsey Collard, West End actress Gail-Marie, the British Magical Champion of Illusion, Daniel Dean, the effervescent Wayne ‘Champagne’ Martin, Danze Magique, our sensational dancers and finally six youngsters we like to call the Rock Starz! Combined this cast will undoubtedly leave you with a lasting impression. Magic of the Stars features extracts from Broadway and West End shows, has hit songs that span seven decades, numerous classic comedic sketches as well as inspirational lighting, costume design, choreography, and musical arrangements. There will be no other, ‘Night Like This’ in the Bay, so if you want to enjoy a magical and memorable evening of extraordinary entertainment at Devon’s No.1 theatre (as rated by TripAdvisor), then this show will not disappoint. Check the venues website for details on all the other shows programmed for 2017 or contact the Box Office.The theatre has, Access for wheelchair users with an accessible toilet, Wheelchair spaces & Loop System
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“Great show. Great sound.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2013

Me and my husband came to see the ratpack Vegas spectacular show last Saturday. Met the guys after and they were really nice. Was a great evenings entertainment, thought the lighting could have been abit better as it was very hazey and quite dark throughout. However the show sounded great, really good!

Visited September 2013
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BabbacombeTheatre, General Manager at Babbacombe Theatre, responded to this review, October 21, 2013
Dear Yabba123

Thank you very much for your lovely 5 star review and for supporting our venue, its very much appreciated. All of us at the Babbacombe Theatre are delighted you enjoyed your evening watching the Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular show. It's always nice to know that our touring shows are a success with the audiences.
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Torquay, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
“SpellBound - Wow!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2013

This is just one of many shows I've been to see at Babbacombe Theatre and I was not disappointed. The cast were amazing, the singing out of this world and the hilarious comedy was outstanding. The theatre is welcoming and intimate which provides a wonderful atmosphere regardless of what you see. Well done to all the staff who work there and the cast who perform there - A real delight to visit.

Visited September 2013
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BabbacombeTheatre, General Manager at Babbacombe Theatre, responded to this review, October 15, 2013
Dear Kirsty_ann2013.

How delighted I am on behalf of us all at the Babbacombe Theatre to write a response to one of our local supporters!

Your lovely comments and 5 star review has been very well received by all of us. We do like to ensure all the casts and staff have regular updates of the reviews, most especially when there are comments directed at them.

We are blessed in this region with not only an abundance of exceptionally talented performers, but with lovely people who work for us. There is a strong team spirit amongst all our staff, both front of house and back stage and clearly this adds to the theatre experience for our patrons.

Your support for the venue is very much appreciated and I hope we will have the pleasure of your company again? We open in two weeks with the all new Christmas show on the 30th October with a matinee at 2.30pm, whilst preparing for that, both the Managing Director and I along with the Musical Director and Choreographer are working on the new show for 2014! There is never a dull moment in theatre land!

The Babbacombe Theatre has a reputation for being here for the tourist...whilst we want to offer visitors a theatre experience that we hope will enhance their holiday on the English Riviera we very much want to serve the people who live here. It was after all the local tax payers of Babbacombe & St Marychurch that raised the money to build this lovely venue back in the 1930's, so with the support of you and other members of the community we hope we can continue to operate, showcase local talent a foremost do what we love to do more than anything else and that's... ENTERTAIN YOU!
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“excellent value”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2013

fan tastic shows well presented well worth the visit.very helpfull and friendly staff comfortable seating and very good viewing all round.the shows were very reasonably priced.

Visited September 2013
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BabbacombeTheatre, General Manager at Babbacombe Theatre, responded to this review, October 15, 2013
Dear ernestj,

All of us at the theatre, and most especially the front of house staff and manager, enjoyed reading your review.Thank you so much for all your generous comments and 5 stars.

On a personal note, I would like to say, how much I appreciate your support and that you took the time to not only visit us whilst you were in the Bay, but you then went on to share your experience of your time at the Babbacombe Theatre.

I assume as you stated in your review, "the shows were reasonably priced", you came along to see Spellbound and West End Encore? Never a good thing to make assumptions, but nevertheless, what ever shows you have seen here, I am just grateful you feel they represented good value. More importantly though is that we ENTERTAINED YOU!
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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“What a Show”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2013

This show had everything Great singing very funny You wont regret seeing it £17 well spent! A very special evening

Visited September 2013
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BabbacombeTheatre, General Manager at Babbacombe Theatre, responded to this review, October 14, 2013
Dear TonyChris2013.

Your review was short..... but THANK YOU VERY MUCH, says so much in the most concise way.

We really do appreciate your lovely comments and 5 Star review.

Its so rewarding for all of us involved with the show and the Babbacombe Theatre, to know that everything about your visit to the venue culminated in, " a very special evening" for you.

If you revisit the Bay, I hope we may have the pleasure of your company again and be able to ENTERTAIN YOU for a second time?!
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Greenock, United Kingdom
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“Mediocre”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2013

Acts good but spoiled by main comedian whose humour was of the "toilet" variety and patronising to his largely older audience.

Visited September 2013
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BabbacombeTheatre, General Manager at Babbacombe Theatre, responded to this review, October 14, 2013
Dear CatrionaT.

Thank you for coming along to support our venue and the show, Spellbound. Your three star review is also appreciated albeit you state our headlining comedian, Phil Lowen was not to your liking.

Comedy is never easy to pitch to 1000's of people. It's a bit like Marmite..... you love it or hate it. I am just sorry that the latter was applicable to you on your visit to us this season.

Usually we find the older members of the audience are the ones that laugh loudest at Phil's comedy content. The visual aspects of his act, which includes super impressions, seem though to have the widest appeal across all ages.

All comments we receive, whether favourable or not are always discussed by the production team, as they assist us with planning.

As you enjoyed the majority of our variety show, I hope you will join us again in the future. For the 2014 season we are welcoming back the seasoned performer, Andy Oakley as our headline comedy act.
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