Babbacombe Theatre in Torquay is one of the most popular things to do on The English Riviera. It's a small theatre with a huge passion for delivery excellence for their customers. The theatre maintains a busy schedule year after year and is jam-packed with a combination of their own in-house productions with a number of well-known acts.

Here’s their showlist for 2019, get in quick before all seats are gone!

Please note: any bookings made on line will incur an additional £2 per ticket transaction fee. Ticket prices displayed represent the price when booking directly with the box office.


Tuesdays & Wednesdays 12th February – 23rd October incl. 8.15pm, Matinee: Wednesday 21st August 2.30pm. Tickets: £22, Seniors £20, Children £11

I ❤️ music

Thursdays 2nd May – 3rd October incl. 8.15pm, Matinee: Thursday 12th September 2.30pm

Tickets: £19, Seniors £18, Children £11. One child FREE with each paying adult


Forbidden Nights

Friday 29th March 7.30pm. Tickets: £22

Welcome to a brand new fantasy! Forbidden Nights is a full production male variety show combining superlative circus and acrobatic skills with finely honed physiques. This unrivalled night of glamour, talent and torsos showcases sizzling new acts, stunt-orientated routines and explosive provocative choreography.

Abandon your inhibitions at the door as the hugely entertaining cast of acrobats, fire acts, aerial artists and world-renowned circus performers flip and spin across the stage in a high-octane show.

This sexy but classy evening with FORBIDDEN NIGHTS is guaranteed to get your pulse racing and leave you begging for more.

Fantasies don’t come any better than Forbidden Night's Sexy Circus.  

Pop Divas Live!

Pop Divas Live at Babbacombe Theatre

Friday 12th April 6pm. Tickets: £15

A fabulous first pop experience for primary age children. Get ready for the best songs from all your favourite female stars in one fabulous fun-packed show. Little Mix will cast some Black Magic and Taylor Swift will Shake It Off as four enormously talented girls bring you up close and personal with the greatest female pop performers of today.

Meghan Trainor, Ariana Grande, Beyoncé and Rihanna will all be dropping in to the biggest Pop Party ever so make sure you’re there!

With dazzling choreography, state of the art videos and superb vocals Pop Divas Live! is the perfect pop concert experience for the little divas in your life.

“My baby sister absolutely loved it. She got the chance to meet and dance on stage with them which was a dream come true. Thank you so much!”

“My 5 and 7-year-old girls had the time of their lives! The length of the show was just right, and we even got a picture at the end.”

“Absolutely fantastically made. My daughter and I loved it! An excellent introduction for children who are too young to go to big concerts.”

Henning When - Get On With It

Saturday 13th April 7.30pm – SOLD OUT. Tickets: £20 (Age recommended 16+)

Stewart Francis – Into the Punset

Thursday 18th April 8pm. Tickets: £21 (16+)

Gary Delaney, Gangster's Paradise

Saturday 8th June 7.30pm. Tickets: £17

Due to exceptional demand and an array of sold out dates all over the UK, Britain's leading one-liner comic extends his brand new 2018 tour with even more dates for 2019, returning to the road with another onslaught of lean, expertly crafted gaggery. A Mock The Week regular and recent star of the new Live At The Apollo series, Gary's shows are renowned in the business for a near unrivalled volume of high-class gags. You should expect no different from this highly acclaimed show. Please note Coolio will not be appearing. 

★★★★ ‘A cavalcade of brilliantly inventive puns’  Guardian

★★★★ ‘More quality jokes in one hour than most comics have in their entire careers...Quite brilliant’ Scotsman

★★★★ ‘A master craftsman’ Times

★★★★ ‘One of Britain's grandmasters of the one-liner'’  Chortle  

Gimme ABBA

FRIDAY 21st June 7.30pm, Tickets: £20, Seniors & Groups £18, Children £16

Gimme ABBA live at Babbacombe Theatre in Torquay

"ABBA have left a fine musical legacy, and it's in good hands." With Gimme ABBA

Gimme ABBA have been performing their fabulous tribute for over 19 years, and this year they will be celebrating their 20th anniversary!

After 20 years of performances, Gimme Abba are now established as one of the best loved UK tributes to Abba! This unique stage show has developed over the years into more than just another ABBA tribute show, reproducing the charismatic stage presence of the flamboyant and glam front four.

This complete and superb ABBA show comes with a repertoire that draws from the greatest hits of Sweden's most famous export. Totalling over two-hours, this performance is jam-packed with all the popular Abba songs and includes fascinating theatrical elements, many costume changes, choreographed dance routines and four-part vocal harmonies that come together to re-create that original ABBA party feel.

"The humour, energy and enjoyment generated on stage delights audiences" and provides a light-hearted side to our ever evolving show, without compromising the integrity of the performance. This spectacular show will bring back memories of that golden ABBA era. This is not just another Abba tribute but a ‘truly complete and exciting Abba experience’ so what are you waiting for? Dust off those platforms! Put on those Flares! and enjoy a nostalgic trip back to the 70s

Abba’s music has stood the test of time and is a testament to the exceptional song writing of Benny and Björn, "being able to perform them for you is both a privilege and an honour, and one that we do not take lightly!" - Lawrence, Benny.

Since forming 20 years ago, Gimme ABBA have enjoyed theatre shows, concerts and festivals worldwide with performances in France, Holland, Germany, Cyprus, Malta, Spain, Brazil, Portugal and nationwide in the United Kingdom.

On Tour With Elvis (Michael King)

Friday 5th July 7.30pm. Tickets: £20

Michael King is widely recognized as the best in the business at being Elvis. Backed by his superb backing band and singers, this show is what many in the Elvis world describe as one of the most authentic and dynamic Elvis Presley tribute shows ever. It has been said on many occasions that Michael King's dynamic and powerful live performances are as close as it gets to watching Elvis for real. You decide...! Touring all major theatres and venues in the UK and Europe. Live show with full supporting band and backing singers.

James Acaster - Cold Lasagne Hate Myself (1999)

Saturday 6th July 7.30pm – SOLD OUT, Tickets £19.50

James Acaster at The Babbacombe Theatre Torquay

The Darkside of Pink Floyd

Friday 12th July 7.30PM. Tickets: £18 Seniors/Children £16

More than just an ordinary Pink Floyd tribute band, The Darkside of Pink Floyd entertain audiences with a fantastic light show and passionate performances.

Due to the demand for their exquisite reproduction of Pink Floyd’s classic music, The Darkside of Pink Floyd are a regular feature at major National music venues, festivals and theatres. They were also the first band to play a live public performance inside the prehistoric caves of the world famous Kents Cavern and they’ve had four sell-out concerts deep underground at Carnglaze Caverns as part of their highly acclaimed ‘Echoes of the Past’ tour.

The band are regulars at the World’s Biggest and Best Tribute Festival, having played, and headlined in 2018, to capacity crowds at Glastonbudget for six years. They have also headlined at BMAD, one of the biggest Music & Motorbike Festivals in the UK. Nominated as Best Tribute Act in the South West Music Awards.

Their  new show for 2019 will feature more theatrical effects and lighting, as well as new songs, recently added to their already extensive set list. The touring show now has a brand new, fully automated light and laser show.

Exciting ? Absolutely . . .

Jimmy Tarbuck OBE, Shares 50 Years Of Memories

Friday 19th July 7.30pm. Tickets: £23

Jimmy Tarbuck at Babbacombe Theatre in Torquay Devon

Jimmy Tarbuck OBE, known affectionately as 'Tarby', is one of Britain's favourite comics and has a television career spanning over forty years.

Still a major hit on the comedy circuit after a varied career beginning as a Redcoat at Butlin's and then as compere at The London Palladium.

Today, he can often be found either on the golf course or entertaining corporate audiences at gala dinners and award ceremonies with his quick wit and charismatic personality.

Neil Diamond - The Experience

Saturday 27th July 7.30pm. Tickets: £23.50


Friday 2nd August 7.30pm. Tickets: £20

Jethro at The Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay

The George Michael Story

Saturday 10th August 7.30pm. Tickets: £22

The Tina Turner Experience

Friday 16th August 7.30pm. Tickets: £20. Seniors/Groups £18. Children £16

The Bon Jovi Experience

Friday 23rd August 7.30pm. Tickets: £21, Seniors/Children/Groups £20

The Bon Jovi Experience at The Babbacombe Theatre in Torquay Devon

The Opera Boys

Saturday 24th August 7.30pm. Tickets: £20, Seniors/Children £18


One Night in Dublin at Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay

Saturday 31st August 7.30pm. Tickets: £24.50, Seniors/Children/Groups £22.50.

Join us for “One night in Dublin” and be transported to “Murphy’s Pub”. Where the house band, The Wild Murphy’s, will be performing great Irish songs by the likes of The Pogues, The Dubliners, The Fureys, The Saw Doctors and many more.

Tommy, The Album LIVE!

Friday 13th September 7.30pm. Tickets: £24.50 Seniors/Children/Groups £22.50

Afterglow - Genesis Tribute Band

Friday 20th September 7.30pm. Tickets: £16. Seniors/Children/Groups £15


Ed Gamble Blizzard at Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay

Saturday 2nd November 8pm. Tickets: £15 (14+).

He's Back!! Enjoy a memorable evening of hysterical nonsense, as we take a peek into the circus lurking deep within the mind of, probably the greatest, comic storyteller ever to grace the stage.

The Elvis Years

(featuring Mario Kombou from the highly acclaimed West End musical ‘Jailhouse Rock’)

Thursday 7th November 7.30pm. Tickets: £22, Seniors/Children/Groups £20

Roy Hemmings

(Original member of the Drifters) in Hits of Motown & Philadelphia

Friday 29th November 7.30pm. Tickets: £20.00

Roy Hemmins at The Babbacombe Theatre in Torquay Devon


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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