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Princess Theatre

Torbay Road, Torquay TQ2 5EZ, England
+44 844 871 3023
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Very enjoyable evening

We went to an excellent performance of Thoroughly Modern Millie which we thoroughly enjoyed. The... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Safariwoman
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London, United Kingdom
Out of date and complete lack of ample facilities

This might be seen as quaint little old fashioned theatre but the but basic facilities should be in... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Coolberryhawk
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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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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.
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Torbay Road, Torquay TQ2 5EZ, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to an excellent performance of Thoroughly Modern Millie which we thoroughly enjoyed. The theatre staff were helpful about booking accessible seats and explaining how to get into the theatre. However no-one returned my walking aid in the interval and my friend had to...More

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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Safariwoman Thank you for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre on our Trip Advisor page and for your lovely 4 star review. We are 'Thoroughly' pleased that you enjoyed the performance of Thoroughly Modern Millie that we had here with us! Sorry...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This might be seen as quaint little old fashioned theatre but the but basic facilities should be in place... At the interval the lady's toilet are in massive demand and the queue are legendary, it would be quicker for them to go out the theatre...More

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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Coolberryhawk Thank you for taking the time to review us on our Trip Advisor page. We do understand that throughout busy periods, especially in the interval, there will be a queue for the toilets due to it being a peak time for customers to...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We often go to the Princess Theatre instead of going to Plymouth. Quite often it isn't full even for shows like Russell Watson. Easy to get to and plenty of parking if you get there early enough. Restaurant has good food although seating limited,closed end...More

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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi S375RMannh Thank you for taking the time to review us on our Trip Advisor page and for your generous 5 star review. We appreciate all feedback, so thank you for sharing your experience with us. The refurbishment in the restaurant is still going ahead...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went to see Jason manford, we were up in the circle and I have a bad hip and knees, i was sat on an end seat and was able to put my legs out, but had spoken to the staff and was told I could...More

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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Tulip67 Thank you for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre on our Trip Advisor page and for your generous 5 star review. We are so thrilled you enjoyed Jason Manford and were able to stay and view the show comfortably. We hope...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Saw Jason manford with my wife and while he was great having to sit in a rather cramped seat in an auditorium with no air conditioning spoilt the show. The view from the circle was great but hot. Overall a nice intimate venue but it...More

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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi mpeaton99 Thank you for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre on our Trip Advisor page and for your lovely 4 star review. It's great to hear you enjoyed a night watching Jason Manford. With regards to the heat, we do our upmost...More

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Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

Princess Theatre is such a lovely theatre, cosy warm and comfortable. The only problem is the Bar prices, such a rip off. Maybe they could do a local loyalty card for discounted drinks, as we do keep them open in the winter when all the...More

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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi debbie_powlesland Thank you for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre on our Trip Advisor page. Thank you for your lovely comments regarding the Theatre, we appreciate all feedback so i will pass your comments onto the relevant department regarding the bar prices...More

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Reviewed 14 April 2018

Lovely Theatre and this review is not to slate the theatre, but the show was a total disaster. Dreadfull from start to finish, bizarre story line, wooden acting, worst ever choreography, dancing and singing an insult to the great Dusty. We indured it to the...More

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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi samantharparis Thank you for your review regarding the 'Son of a Preacher Man' show. We appreciate all feedback and we will pass this message onto the production company. Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy the performance, but glad it hasn't deterred you away from...More

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Reviewed 30 March 2018

Fantastic Show. Jasper at his best and the music was amazing with Bev Bevan and Geoff Turton. Princess Theatre is a good venue on the sea front at Torquay but parking in nearby car park is a bit pricey. Staff are friendly and there are...More

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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi genie321 Thank you for taking the time to review us on our Trip Advisor page and your lovely 5 star review. We are so pleased you could join us for a night of Jasper Carrott, and that you enjoyed your evening. We hope you...More

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Reviewed 26 March 2018

lovely welcoming theatre with friendly helpful staff .staying in torquay for a few days we decided to visit the princess theatre to see the buddy holly show a great show had everybody dancing in their seats .asked a member of staff how long the show...More

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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi willored Wow what lovely comments! Thank you for sharing your experience with us on our Trip Advisor page. We hope you enjoyed your stay here with us in Torquay, it's great to hear you had a fun evening watching Buddy Holly. Your comments regarding...More

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Reviewed 24 March 2018

Drove to the willows,had meal.parked opposite theatre only paid£3 50for overnight park.had drink(if you have ATG CARD YOU GET 5%DISCOUNT ON FOOD AND DRINK)show lasted 2hrs with 20mns break,the group played to a PROFESSIONAL STANDARD AND HAD EVERYONE DANCING IN THEIR SEATS.if you are coming...More

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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi john p Thank you for sharing your review with us on our Trip Advisor page and for joining us for a night of Buddy Holly. Thanks for sharing your feedback with us and for giving us an insight into your experience you had at...More

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Jackie C
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Response from Kenneth C | Reviewed this property |
Don't know there are usually places for wheelchairs nowadays but if you ring. Am sure they will be helpful..
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Response from JeffTheChairman | Reviewed this property |
Hi I fully agree with John - downstairs stalls - front 5 rows centre I hope she enjoys her first visit Jeff
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Kate M
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Response from keefidee | Reviewed this property |
The view from the front row should be fine but you will be looking up a little. I would recommend moving back several rows though if you are able.
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