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Princess Theatre

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Address: Torbay Road, Torquay TQ2 5EZ, England
Phone Number: +44 844 871 3023
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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The Princess Theatre first opened it’s doors on Wednesday 7 June 1961. Top...

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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Lovely Theatre

Visited on Sunday for a performance. A nice theatre superbly located on the prom and seemingly very well patronised. We could get tickets only for the back of the circle. This is... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Torquay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Another brilliant show we just been to see tonight Chinese circus it was great. The theatre staff are friendly and helpful, only problem is the stairs up to circle there's a lift to first floor but then stairs to onin and the stairs to were we was sitting I picked the same seats we had before has there's no one... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Visited on Sunday for a performance. A nice theatre superbly located on the prom and seemingly very well patronised. We could get tickets only for the back of the circle. This is a large building and you will be a long way from the stage. Not really a criticism - we bought tickets at the last moment

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have visited this Theatre many times and evry time the Theatre staff are ever so helpfull and can't do enough for us.

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Thank ErictheredPlymouth
princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this review

Hello ErictheredPlymouth Thank you for your kind words and reviewing the Princess Theatre. We are so grateful to customers who visit us many times throughout the year, so thank you. Your comments will be passed onto the front of house team also. Kind regards Princess More 

Paignton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Saw the musical Sunny Afternoon based on the Kinks Ray Davies' memories. The story and the dialogue was interspersed with mostly good renditions of Kinks songs but I would have liked to have heard more songs. Otherwise, a good show. However, it was spoilt by the the thirtysomethings in the row behind who seemed to be breathing down our necks... More 

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Thank Chris P
princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this review

Hello Chris P Thank you for taking the time to review us on the Princess Theatre trip advisor page and for your great review. It’s fantastic to hear you joined us for a night of ‘Sunny Afternoon’ and that you thought the show was good. However, I’m sorry that your experience was let down by a group watching the performance.... More 

Truro, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

What a lovely little theatre captured in time , Even to the way they have Binoculars by the seats just like you find in the years gone by! £1 to use them but still lovely feature. The theatre even has a Merchandise stall situated there which is a great feature, even the stars coming down at the end to Meet... More 

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Thank Christopher F
princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this review

Hi Christopher F Thank you for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre, and your lovely comments. Great to hear you joined us for the Solid Gold Rock n Roll show, and you enjoyed the features and products that were on offer to you on this night. Your comments will be passed onto the relevant departments as all feedback... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

We are regular visitors to the Princess theatre and our recent visit was to see the KINKS sunny afternoon. The first half of the show was excellent, but we felt the second half was a bit long and drawn out (this was a comment I heard a few times when leaving the theatre) However the last 15 mins was electric

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Thank Cornishij
princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this review

Hello Cornishij Great to hear you joined us for a night watching Sunny Afternoon. Its great to hear your a regular customer and would just like to say thank you for all your support. Your comments about the show will be passed on to the producer as all feedback is most appreciated. Hope to see you again soon. Kind regards... More 

Datchworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

A wonderful theatre to work in , in a truly great seaside town, with a much improved road to get to it. This town has a classy feel to it, and will always be popular with the holiday crowds, as will the theatre.

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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this review

Hi Marty W Lovely to hear from you, thank you for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre and your 5* review. Thanks for your kind words, and insightful comments. Hope to see you again soon. Kind regards Princess. More 

Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Watched "Sunny Afternoon" on Saturday matinee show.As expected the performance was excellent with an extremely talented cast obviously enjoying it as much as the audience did.I am perplexed by the criticism of the theatre as we found everyone extremely friendly and efficient.No problem getting our drinks at the interval and as for the prices (remembering that if you bought two... More 

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Thank Alan C
princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this review

Hi Alan C We really appreciate you taking the time to review the Princess Theatre and your great 5* review. Its great to hear you thought the performance of Sunny Afternoon was excellent and you enjoyed your time here with us. Thanks for your kind words, we are very grateful for your feedback and we look forward to welcoming you... More 

Newquay, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

This show was brilliant!! The cast could sing - dance and play! Probably one of the best shows we have seen in a long time! The theatre is lovely - every seat appears to have a good view - but - the bar is bedlam - and you can see why - no leadership no organisation. Dirty tables left -... More 

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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this review

Hi Bunchofwhiteroses Thanks for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre. It is great that that you enjoyed the performance of Sunny Afternoon and that you thought it was one of the best shows you have seen. We are really sorry to hear that you felt your visit was let down when visiting the bar area. Your comments are... More 

paignton
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Went to the matinée show on Thursday 20 October with my Mum & Friend, Jenny. We arrived at 12 so we could have lunch in the restaurant/café/bar (Breezes) inside the building. The food was very good, the wine VERY expensive, but with a lot of help from the bar staff got a good deal on a bottle of wine, I... More 

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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this review

Hi beatie123 Thanks for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre and for your lovely kind words. We are so happy you enjoyed the show of Sunny Afternoon, we are sorry however that your mum felt unwell at the time, but glad to know she is feeling much better now. We hope to see you and your mum return... More 

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