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Princess Theatre

Torbay Road, Torquay TQ2 5EZ, England
+44 844 871 3023
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Disappointing theatre

Went to see Aggars and Tuffers which was excellent but the evening was spoilt by the exorbitant... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Julie W
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London, United Kingdom
Nice theatre

We have been to a couple of shows here and never been disappointed. Saw the rolling stones tribute... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kenneth C
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Durham, 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 4 days ago

Went to see Aggars and Tuffers which was excellent but the evening was spoilt by the exorbitant price for the drinks - we will never buy a drink there again. Also we parked at Marine car park where there is a ridiculous parking system of...More

Thank Julie W
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been to a couple of shows here and never been disappointed. Saw the rolling stones tribute on Saturday and it was very good. Drinks are pricey but it's to be expected.

Thank Kenneth C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

great night as always..... staff friendly and always a warm welcome at the door........... bar staff great too

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took my family to see Alladin and had a great time. Venue quite nice with well known and loved acts performing there during the year. Reasonably priced and popular

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had an amazing evening, brilliant show, wonderful theatre and great staff. All round fab night, will definitely re visit.

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

Hi Nita C Thank you for your lovely 4* review and for joining us for a night of Totally Tina! We look forward to your re visit! Hope to see you soon, kind regards Princess Theatre

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very outdated theatre, seats uncomfortable. Staff are pleasant until you try and take a picture! Audience were very unresponsive. Not usually so negative, but it just wasn't enjoyable. Sorry not the best experience I have had, and I doubt if I will go again.More

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

Hi JohnC Thank you for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre on our Trip Advisor page. We are sorry to hear your experience wasn’t an enjoyable one on this occasion, but we do appreciate all feedback so thank you for your comments. Kind...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went to see ABBA mania fantastic show. Staff very friendly good service for interval drinks. Not over the odds. The show itself got everybody up dancing singing everyone knows ABBA.More

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

Hi Clairecrisp Thank you for taking the time to review us on our Trip Advisor page. May we take the time to wish you or the member of your party a happy birthday. We are so pleased you had a great evening with us watching...More

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Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

Took a group to the Princess Theatre for our annual PANTO visit From booking our tickets with Leah to visiting under the watchful eye of Grainne and her awesome team we were treated like VIPs The PANTO was one of the best I’ve seen- with...More

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

Hi JeffTheChairman Thank you for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre on our Trip Advisor page and for your lovely 5* review. Thank you for the wonderful comments about the pantomime, we are so thrilled you enjoyed it and your group! Your comments...More

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Reviewed 15 December 2017 via mobile

Visited today to watch the pantomime. My disabled 85 year old mother is a big fan of Anne on The Chase who was starring in it. Drove through snow from the Midlands to get here and it was worth every moment! Can't say enough good...More

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

Hello winemonster WOW what a lovely 5* review. Thank you. It is wonderful to hear you came to visit us from the Midlands, and that your time spent with us was well worth your visit. Your comments have been passed onto the lovely Christine, who...More

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Reviewed 28 November 2017

This is a good venue situated right on the seafront, but being a 6ft female my view was restricted by a tallish gentleman in front of me.There is not enough gradient to the floor Great show, but the bar prices were eye watering ~ £9...More

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

Hi Debbie H Thank you for taking the time to review the Princess Theatre on our Trip Advisor page and for joining us for a night out to see Milton Jones. Thank you for your feedback, all feedback is hugely appreciated. We can guarantee your...More

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Response from Dawn T | Reviewed this property |
There is nothing for those dates on the UK theatres site but new dates are added all the time. Recommend the following apps UK theatres and Gjg Alert. These will keep you updated with all shows in the UK.
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Sorry for late reply there is on street parking
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