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“fantastic night”
Review of Babbacombe Theatre

Babbacombe Theatre
Ranked #2 of 62 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
Reviewed October 9, 2013

we visited this show whilst on a few days break through THHN we got tickets to see this hilarious show our 12 year old enjoyed it as much as us, The show was almost playing to a full house it was full of songs dances and very funny sketches made a very sad time we are going through into some wonderful memories. Would strongly recommend

Thank TraceyandKarenmay13
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BabbacombeTheatre, General Manager at Babbacombe Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2013

Dear Traceyand Karenmay13.

We have had some lovely reviews for Spellbound, but yours is one of the most poignant. All of us involved with the venue are absolutely thrilled you had a memorable family experience with us and the show was enjoyed by you all.
Thank you very much for your kind comments and 5 star review, we are very grateful. We also want to send you our very best wishes for the future x

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Reviewed October 5, 2013

Brilliant ,, laughed and laughed till our sides ached, also shed tears of emotion at the beautiful singing.
Won over by the illusionist.

1  Thank PamalecScot
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BabbacombeTheatre, General Manager at Babbacombe Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2013

Dear PamalecScot

Thank you very much for your 5 star review and kind comments. I'm sorry though we made you ache and cry...albeit for the right reasons. :)
The show Spellbound will be pretty hard to top, but be assured we will continue to strive to ensure that every new show we produce will rise to the mark. If you visit us again in 2014, I'd like to think you may be able to make the same statement Babbacombe's Best Ever Show! You are clearly a regular visitor so your support is greatly appreciated by all of us involved in the running of the venue.

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Reviewed September 18, 2013

We had a fantastic time, real value for money.. the staff are so polite we visited 3 times in our 18 day stay at babbecombe/torquay&paignton

Thank Speedy1767
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BabbacombeTheatre, General Manager at Babbacombe Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2013

Dear Speedy1767
It must now seem a very long time ago now when you came to see us at the Babbacombe Theatre.. not only once but three times? I hope you still have fond memories of your visit?
My apologies for the delay in responding to your extremely complimentary 5 star review. On behalf of us all I cannot thank you enough for your support and lovely comments..most especially that you felt we offered good value for money and you found our staff to be so polite. From a managerial prospective it is always good to know how are front of house team are perceived by our patrons.
I hope when you next visit the Bay we may have the pleasure of ENTERTAINING you again? Thank you.

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Reviewed September 17, 2013

I went to see spellbound with a group of friends and I was the youngest member of the audience by at least 30 years. Brilliant performance and the singing was amazing and the comedy was brilliant, although a some points i was looking around thinking is this really suitable for the age of the crowd, but they loved it. I loved the fact that it was an old style theatre which is something I have never experienced! Great night out!

Thank LumpysMrs
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BabbacombeTheatre, General Manager at Babbacombe Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2013

Dear LumpysMrs,

I have to admit whilst I'm typing, I am having a good giggle to myself, what a fab user name :)!

Thank you ever so much for taking the time to share your very complimentary comments on our TripAdvisor page.

On behalf of everyone involved with the production Spellbound and the venue, I'd like to express our gratitude for your 5 star review. Its also nice to know your trip here marked a new experience for you and we met the grade! I hope we may get to ENTERTAIN you again in the not to distant future?

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Reviewed September 15, 2013

It was good, and made a reasonable night out, but wasn't as funny as the reviews sugggested. Too much dancing although the main
comedian was excellent

Thank Marilyn D
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BabbacombeTheatre, General Manager at Babbacombe Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2013

Dear Marilyn D.

Thank you very much for your kind review. Its good to know you enjoyed Phil Lowen, the top of the bill. He is a very versatile comedy talent and we are thrilled he has been with us this season and will be joining us again in our all new show opening on Wednesday 30th October, Christmas Stars.
When producing a variety show there is always a balance to consider and we do try to ensure we have all elements covered equally. Its unfortunate you felt the comedic aspect of the show was lacking. I hope if you come to see us again, we will have addressed this, albeit we will always utilise singing and dancing into one of our productions, it's very popular with many of our patrons.
It is rewarding to read that you came along to see the show after reading some of our other reviews, and found it to be a reasonable night out.
We will always strive to ENTERTAIN everyone that comes to support us whilst making it good value for money!

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