Babbacombe Theatre

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Babbacombe Downs, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 3LU

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About Us

A valuable asset to the English Riviera, the Babbacombe Theatre in Torquay, is renowned for wowing audiences with their highly acclaimed family variety shows, performed throughout the year by a professional cast.

The venue, originally a concert hall, opened its doors in May 1939, making 2019 its 80th year – ENTERTAINING YOU!  This special anniversary will be celebrated, in epic proportion, and in true Showbiz style.

Now included in the TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame the venue continues to be ranked as not only the No1 theatre on the English Riviera, but as the No1 ‘Things To Do’ when visiting the region.

This year enjoy, Starburst, every Tuesday & Wednesday from 12th February – 23rd October, I Music every Thursday from 2nd May to 3rd October, appearances from comedians, Henning Wehn, James Acaster, Stewart Francis, Gary Delaney and Jimmy Tarbuck OBE, one of the original Drifters, Roy Hemmings and the very best tribute shows, currently touring the UK, including Fleetwood Bac, The Bon Jovi Experience & Pop Divas, to name just a few.

Starburst, will feature some of the most iconic names in music, TV and the movies, performed by a talented cast, that will embrace the comedic talents of Ken Dodd, Laurel & Hardy, Victoria Wood and the Two Ronnie’s. Hear them, sing opulent songs from stunning movie soundtracks, Phantom of the Opera, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, My Best Friend’s Wedding and the spectacular box office success, of 2018, The Greatest Showman. They are just as adept at performing pop hits old and new too, with songs originally sung by Barry White, Dolly Parton, Cilla Black, Elton John, The Bay City Rollers, Queen and Take That.

I Music, will embrace all genres of music, covering numerous decades. We are all touched by music no matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves it, and this show will be to the soul what words are to the mind! 

Inspiring audiences to continue to support local venues, is never an easy task, however creating magical memories is what everyone at the Babbacombe Theatre will strive to achieve not only this year but for the next 80 years.

 

For information, dates and ticket prices for all the shows programmed during 2019, please check the venues website, alternatively contact the Box Office.

The theatre has • Access for wheelchair users with an accessible toilet, • Wheelchair spaces • Loop System

Opening Times

Opening 2019 (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)

* The box office hours vary throughout the season or tickets can be booked online via their website.

Events

12th Feb 2019 - 23rd Oct 2019

Starburst2019 marks a special anniversary, here at the Babbacombe Theatre - the venue, originally a concert hall, opened its doors 80 years ago, in May 1939! A special anniversary should be celebrated, and in epic proportion! The all new family, variety production, ‘Starburst’, promises to do just that…
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3rd May 2019 - 3rd Oct 2019

I ♥ MusicMusic is the universal language, and what feelings sound like! It inspires us and as quoted by Victor Hugo, “expresses that which cannot be said”. Albeit this all new show, I ♥Music - has a lot to say! You can expect to enjoy a fun-filled show which will take you on an inspirational musical…
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31st Aug 2019 - 31st Aug 2019

One Night in Dublin, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonOne night in DublinJoin 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. Midi and his award winning seven piece band are widely…
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13th Sept 2019 - 13th Sept 2019

Tommy the Album Live!, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonCANCELLED - Tommy the Album Live!2019 sees the 50th anniversary of The Who’s most universally-known and much-lauded concept album, Tommy. To mark this anniversary, international 8-piece band, The Goldhawk’s, will be touring to perform the original album in full detail and accuracy across the theatre stages of UK and Europe. This…
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20th Sept 2019 - 20th Sept 2019

Afterglow Genesis Tribute Band, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonAfterglow Genesis Tribute BandAfterglow covers the music Genesis played once Phil Collins took on vocal duties. The earlier Gabriel period is well supported by numerous tribute bands but there isn't much opportunity to hear those later tracks that are equally popular with most Genesis fans. So don't expect costumes or…
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11th Oct 2019 - 11th Oct 2019

Down for the Count Swing Orchestra, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonDown for the Count Swing OrchestraDown for the Count are a mini big band who bring the sounds of the Swing Era back to life, with an electrifying show full of incredible energy and musicianship. They are constantly in demand, and in 2018 alone they sold out Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, Hideaway Streatham, Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho,…
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18th Oct 2019 - 18th Oct 2019

Gilbert O'Sullivan in Concert, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonJust Gilbert UK TourEnjoying one of the most creative and commercially successful periods of an outstanding career, Gilbert O’Sullivan has continued to look to the future while his famous back catalogue has won respect and adoration all over the world. His 2018 album reached the top 20 and he now returns for a solo…
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1st Nov 2019 - 1st Nov 2019

The Fleetwood Mac Songbook, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonThe Fleetwood Mac Songbook'The Fleetwood Mac Songbook' is made up of six experienced musicians who are dedicated to celebrating one of the all-time great Rock, Pop & Blues bands in the World – FLEETWOOD MAC. The band deliver faithful live recreations of all the Mac's best known and well-loved songs. They span the 50+ years…
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2nd Nov 2019 - 2nd Nov 2019

Ed Gamble Blizzard Extension, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonEd Gamble Blizzard ExtensionAfter a sellout national tour in Spring 2019, Ed Gamble’s tour has been extended. Live at The Apollo (BBC2) Off of Mock the Week (BBC2), The Russell Howard Hour (Sky), Royal Variety (ITV) Comedy Central at the Comedy Store (Comedy Central), Hypothetical (Dave), Drunk History (Comedy Central), The…
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15th Nov 2019 - 15th Nov 2019

The Carpenters Experience, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonThe Carpenters ExperienceThe Carpenters Experience present a fantastic tribute to Richard & Karen Carpenter, capturing all the mannerisms and vocal similarities in this unique show The Carpenters Experience is fronted by the amazing vocal talent of Maggie Nestor who is a lifelong fan of the band and has had a 20 year…
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22nd Nov 2019 - 22nd Nov 2019

Dick Whittington - Adult Pantomime, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonDick Whittington - Adult PantomimeThe production will feature a hilarious cast of five principal performers (all with extensive previous pantomime experience and credits to their name), as well as four professional dancers, sumptuous scenery, colourful costumes, a laugh-a-second script and eye-popping illusions! There is a…
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29th Nov 2019 - 29th Nov 2019

Roy Hemmings Hits of Motown and Philadelphia, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonRoy Hemmings Hits of Motown and PhiladelphiaOriginal Drifters member Roy G Hemming’s brings together the sound of three of America’s iconic Labels Motown, the Sound of Philadelphia and Stax Atlantic, in one action packed show with his musicians & singers. Featuring hits by The Three Degrees, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Stevie Wonder,…
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21st Feb 2020 - 21st Feb 2020

The Take That Experience, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonThe Take That ExperienceWhilst Take That celebrate 30 years as the UK's number one boy band, The Take That Experience mark over a decade together as the ultimate tribute act with their best show yet! Wowing audiences everywhere they go with their amazing vocals, replica costumes and electrifying dance routines, they…
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28th Feb 2020 - 28th Feb 2020

The Elvis Years, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonThe Elvis YearsThe Elvis Years’ is an authentic concert production, featuring Mario Kombou from the highly acclaimed West End musical ‘Jailhouse Rock’ and led by legendary producer, musical director and Ivor Novello award-winner David Mackay. This energetic show is a complete theatrical experience, transporting…
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20th Mar 2020 - 20th Mar 2020

28th Aug 2020 - 28th Aug 2020

Jethro, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonJethroHe'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. Jethro beguiles and befuddles his audience with the endless stream of irreverent twaddle that has…
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30th Mar 2020 - 30th Mar 2020

An Evening with Merrill Osmond, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonAn Evening with Merrill OsmondMerrill will be performing all the big hits with his band from The Osmond's plus talking about his experiences of growing up within one of the world’s biggest bands, the famous people he has met and how he wrote so many of the world famous hits Merrill Osmond is the lead singer for the world…
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11th Apr 2020 - 11th Apr 2020

Oh! What A Night- Cadillac, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay DevonOh! What a NightOH! WHAT A NIGHT takes you back in time on a musical journey through the incredible career of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, now immortalised in the multi-award winning show Jersey Boys, which has been packing theatres worldwide since its debut in 2005. Valli’s unmistakable voice dominated the…
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17th Apr 2020 - 17th Apr 2020

David Baddiel Trolls: Not the Dolls, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonDavid Baddiel Trolls: Not the DollsFollowing his five-star Olivier-nominated hit My Family: Not The Sitcom and the return to number 1 of his seminal football anthem Three Lions, David Baddiel comes back to the stage with a brand new one-man show, Trolls: Not The Dolls. Trolls – the terrible people who spend all day insulting and…
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19th Apr 2020 - 19th Apr 2020

Gyles Brandreth - Break a Leg!, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonGyles Brandreth - Break a Leg!They say all political careers end in tears. In Brandreth's case it's tears of laughter as the actor, author, ex-MP, One Show reporter and QI, Have I Got News For You and Countdown star is back on tour with his new show celebrating all things theatrical.   Without hesitation or repetition (and just…
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24th Apr 2020 - 24th Apr 2020

Forbidden Nights, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonForbidden NightsWELCOME 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…
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8th May 2020 - 8th May 2020

Money for Nothing - Dire Straits Tribute '20th Anniversary Tour', Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonMoney for Nothing - Dire Straits Tribute '20th Anniversary Tour'‘Money for Nothing’ was formed in 2000 as a tribute to one of the world's premier rock bands - Dire Straits. The abundant energy and the excellence and musicality of their performance makes Money for Nothing a 'must see' for any rock enthusiast or Dire Straits fan. Fronting the band is the…
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15th May 2020 - 15th May 2020

The Bohemians Queen's Greatest Hits, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonThe Bohemians Queen's Greatest HitsA Comprehensive re-enactment of Queen’s Greatest Hits! Internationally renowned Queen Tribute band The Bohemians take you on a high energy roller coaster ride of a concert, featuring  the back catalogue of one of the world’s most popular and iconic rock acts of all time. So many fabulous hits to…
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23rd May 2020 - 23rd May 2020

Explosive LIght Orchestra, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonExplosive Light Orchestra - The Ultimate Tribute to Jeff Lynne and ELOEnjoy an evening celebrating the distinctive music of Jeff Lynne and the Electric Light Orchestra with, what is reputed to be the best ELO Tribute Band currently touring the UK and Europe. Gaining critical acclaim, Explosive Light Orchestra give fresh life to the classic hits Mr Blue Sky, Evil…
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29th May 2020 - 29th May 2020

Fleetwood BacFleetwood Bac are renowned for being the world's first and regarded as the UK's most authentic Fleetwood Mac tribute show. Mick Fleetwood endorses it himself. This band fully replicates the classic Stevie/Lindsey/Christine/John/Mick, 'Rumours' line-up. Rated by THE TIMES newspaper as one of the…
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30th May 2020 - 30th May 2020

Spirit of the Blitz, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonSpirit of the BlitzCELEBRATING THE 75th ANNIVERSARY OF VE DAY The best of British Entertainment remembering all the Forties Favourites with the heartwarming songs and humour that kept the nation smiling during its darkest days. To mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, we dust off the 1940's songbook for a tribute to…
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20th June 2020 - 20th June 2020

Thank Abba For the Music, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonThank ABBA for the MusicFeaturing all of ABBA's greatest and most memorable hits, Thank ABBA For The Music is the ultimate feel good, party style tribute concert. This two-hour theatre spectacular really does capture all the magic and excitement of one of the world's most successful and entertaining live bands. With…
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17th July 2020 - 17th July 2020

Viva La ColdplayViva La Coldplay recreate the complete anthology of Martin, Buckland, Berryman and Champion. The band perform two hours of career-spanning material from 2000’s ‘Parachutes’ to 2015’s ‘A Head full of Dreams’ taking in key tracks such as Yellow, Clocks, The Scientist, Viva La Vida, Something Just…
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21st Aug 2020 - 21st Aug 2020

ABBA - Take a Chance on Us, Babbacombe, Torquay, DevonABBA - Take a Chance on UsThe music of Abba never fails to generate a fantastic night of entertainment, appealing to all age groups. TAKE A CHANCE ON US is a fantastic, family show containing the finest musicians, stunning live vocals and amazing harmonies. The show has professional voiceovers, costume changes,…
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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

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  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
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Recent Reviews:

  • Kimberley H
    Liskeard, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Great time out
    5 of 5 stars
    21st Aug 2019
    Watched starburst afternoon show. You really woulnt be disappointed great show all around and great atmosphere. Steve you make it you really do my first every Time going to see a show and it was... Read full review
  • AH8888888888
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Starburst- brilliant show
    5 of 5 stars
    21st Aug 2019
    Fantastic dancers, brilliant host and a good variety of music. Throughly enjoyed, my nan has visited 5 times!! Read full review
  • Heolnant1
    A wonderful little theatre
    5 of 5 stars
    24th Aug 2019
    What a lovely little place. The staff are amazing and went out of their way to ensure I had a good experience despite being in a wheelchair. Could highly recommend it if only to experience the great... Read full review

Directions

Road Directions

Babbacombe Theatre is situated on the beautiful Babbacombe Downs, in Babbacombe, Torquay; located only 5-10 minutes away by car from Torquay’s harbour side. It is easily accessible from other resorts on the English Riviera, Paignton and Brixham, Car parking: There is restricted on road parking however, there are numerous pay and display car parks within walking distance.

Public Transport Directions

Stagecoach bus no. 22 operates from Debenhams, the Strand, Torquay to St Annes Hall on Babbacombe Road. Babbacombe Theatre is situated on Babbacombe Downs Road and is a short walk away from the bus stop.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Facilities for the Disabled
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Establishment Features

  • Cater for groups

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • Delta accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Special group rates
  • Visa accepted

Specialist Features

  • Marketed towards families
  • Marketed towards senior citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted

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