Christmas Crackers at The Babbacombe Theatre in Torquay

Take a look at our list of top-class productions coming up at the Babbacombe Theatre this season for some wonderful winter warmers and festive yuletide delights to add that extra sparkle. This charming cliff-side theatre started life in the 1930’s as a bandstand and has been entertaining many thousands of visitors all year round ever since. With a wide selection of hugely entertaining variety shows, outstanding touring companies and well-known performers and comedians, the Babbacombe Theatre is one of the most respected seaside variety venues in the UK, winning Number 1 ranking in TripAdvisor’s Theatres and Performances in Devon listing.


Wednesdays 5th & 12th December- 2.30pm & 8.15pm.

Wednesday 19th December 2.30pm.

Boxing Day, Wednesday 26th December 12 noon & 3pm.

Friday 28th December 3pm.

New Year’s Day, Tuesday 1st January 2019 12noon

You’ll find plenty of non-stop glamour, glitz and sparkle at this year’s show, Christmas Crackers, a Feast of Festive Fun with lots of laughs with firm favourite, headline act, Andy Oakley. There’s magic in the area with comedy magician, Peter Baffles as well as special guest, West End performer and TV actress, Lily Laight and the exceptional talent of vocalists including Paul Cobley, Sami-Jane and Simon Stuart.

Throughout December and until Tuesday 1st January, there’s afternoon matinees and evening shows featuring chart topping popular songs, show tunes, humorous sketches and colourful dance routines to give you, your family and friends that extra festive feelgood factor.

Christmas Crackers is a two-hour feast of festive fun for all the family which I like to provide as a great alternative to panto over the Christmas period. Topping the bill is one of the theatre’s favourite comedians Andy Oakley.


Thursday 6th December 7.30pm.

Enjoy a musical journey back to the swinging 60’s with the fabulous songs of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons with classic hits such as Let’s Hang On, Big Girls Don’t Cry, December 63 (Oh What a Night!), Bye Bye Baby and many others from the multi award-winning musical, Jersey Boys. If you’re looking for a Christmas party atmosphere, Walk Like A Man is a great night out with toe-tapping tunes and fantastic dance moves.


From Tuesday 12th February 2019, running weekly every Tuesday & Wednesday, 8.15pm until Wednesday 23rd October 2019.

Celebrating the very best live entertainment in the ‘Bay with some first-class entertainers bringing an eclectic extravaganza of music, dance, comedy and theatre magic.


Wonderful Christmastime
Wonderful Christmastime, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay

The party's on….and only comes this time of year to the Babbacombe Theatre in Torquay. The mood will be right, and the spirit of goodwill will abound in the all new family show, Wonderful Christmastime. Comedy will feature throughout; in more than one guise! Enjoy comedic one liners, funny stories and numerous side-splitting sketches. If you like to celebrate the yuletide season with laughter, then this show will not disappoint.

Babbacombe Theatre
Babbacombe Theatre in Torquay, Devon

An asset to the English Riviera for over eighty years Babbacombe Theatre is renowned for wowing audiences with their highly acclaimed family variety shows, most especially since 1986 when Matpro Limited took over the venue. From its earliest days, the theatre had many years of successful summer shows and it became known for its reputation of hosting household names on the threshold of their careers, including in 1955/56 Bruce Forsyth, who headlined in the Hedley Claxton’s ‘Gaytime’. From its heyday in the 1970s, successive failures in the early 1980s led to the council deciding to close the theatre, however Colin Matthews, who had been operating the theatre since 1986 took on a new lease in 1990.



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