Babbacombe Theatre


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!  

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.

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, 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

The Coronavirus pandemic means that we have had to close our doors during a season for the first time since WW2. We need your help to keep the theatre going through this tough time whilst our stage is dark on this extended interval. Find out more:

Opening Times

Opening 2020 (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)

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


9th Dec 2020 - 23rd Dec 2020

26th Dec 2020 - 26th Dec 2020

28th Dec 2020 - 28th Dec 2020

1st Jan 2021 - 1st Jan 2021

Superstars, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonSuperstarsSuperStars is a word that conjures up an image of celebrities, who are usually regarded in high esteem and as being inspirational. Therefore, a show of that name, you’d expect to see something that was extraordinary and utterly FAB-U-LOUS! ‘Fabulous’ is the word most used in reviews on…
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18th Dec 2020 - 18th Dec 2020

Forbidden Nights, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonForbidden NightsForbidden Nights 2020 Tour is here... celebrating our 5th year so it’s bigger and better than ever! Immerse yourself in this sexy, innovative and classy show this new age entertainment brings you world class circus acts with our signature Forbidden tease. Get ready for your ultimate ‘Forbidden’…
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19th Dec 2020 - 19th Dec 2020

Aladdin, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonAladdinPANTO FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY Wonder Productions and their magical cast of five present the classic pantomime story of Aladdin, a poor street urchin who spends his time stealing food from the marketplace in the city of Agrabah. His adventures begin when he meets Princess Jasmine and his luck…
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27th Feb 2021 - 27th Feb 2021

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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4th Mar 2021 - 5th Mar 2021

Jethro, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonJethro, The Count is Back for his Farewell TourHe'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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13th Mar 2021 - 13th Mar 2021

Jackson Live in Concert, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonMJ The Legacy - Starring CJStarring CJ and his Incredible Band & Dancers Michael Jackson is not only remembered as one of the most influential artists of all time, but many of today’s artists have been inspired by his iconic style. His career spanned nearly five decades of music, and he was continually at the forefront of…
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19th Mar 2021 - 19th Mar 2021

Cinderella - Adults Only, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonCinderella - Adults OnlyFollowing the huge successes of their previous UK Tour of ‘DICK WHITTINGTON – Grown-Ups Only’, Madeto-Measure Productions are delighted to be back on the road with a hilarious, brand new ‘Adults Only’ version of of CINDERELLA! Have you ever watched a pantomime and wondered what mischief the cast…
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20th Mar 2021 - 20th Mar 2021

Come What May - Moulin Rouge Tribute, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonCome What May - Moulin Rouge TributeAn all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza as you enter the secret world of one of the greatest movie-musicals of all time. Bursting at the seams with timeless classics including Come What May, Your Song, Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend, Roxanne, Lady Marmalade plus songs from some of the most…
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27th Mar 2021 - 27th Mar 2021

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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3rd Apr 2021 - 3rd Apr 2021

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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9th Apr 2021 - 9th Apr 2021

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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16th Apr 2021 - 16th Apr 2021

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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17th Apr 2021 - 17th Apr 2021

The Darkside of Pink Floyd, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonThe Darkside of Pink FloydMore 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…
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24th Apr 2021 - 24th Apr 2021

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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1st May 2021 - 1st May 2021

Rock with Laughter, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonRock with LaughterROCK WITH LAUGHTER STARRING MARMALADE & THE GRUMBLEWEEDS Ob-la-di Ob-la-da, the comedy and classic hits go on and on in the best night of non-stop entertainment you’ll enjoy this year. Join Marmalade as they take you back with their million selling hits – Lovin’ Things, Cousin Norman, Reflections…
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9th May 2021 - 9th May 2021

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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14th May 2021 - 14th May 2021

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 2021 - 15th May 2021

A Slightly Naughty Night Out, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonA Slightly Naughty Night OutPrepare to have your ribs, and everything else, tickled, as comedian Paul Eastwood brings his ‘Live at the Apollo’ style comedy show to the Babbacombe Theatre, starring a host of the best UK comedy acts from the circuit today, including Britain's Got Talent star Mandy Muden, otherwise known as…
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22nd May 2021 - 22nd May 2021

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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28th May 2021 - 28th May 2021

The History of Rock, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonThe History of RockWhere were you when Robert Plant climbed that stairway to heaven or Guns n Roses knocked on heaven’s door? Who can forget Clapton’s blistering riffs or Freddie Mercury’s four octave vocal range? Allow the all new musical extravaganza THE HISTORY OF ROCK to propel you back to the best days of…
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11th June 2021 - 11th June 2021

The Rat Pack, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonThe Rat PackThe star studded cast of the UK’s original and longest running Rat Pack show have achieved many accolades and awards after appearances worldwide, including seasons in The West End, A Royal Command Performance and numerous T.V shows including Strictly Come Dancing for The BBC last year. These…
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18th June 2021 - 18th June 2021

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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26th June 2021 - 26th June 2021

The Tina Turner Experience, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonThe Tina Turner ExperienceThis fully live energetic show charts the life and career of one of the worlds iconic performers. Full of hits like “Private Dancer”, “Nutbush City Limits”, “Proud Mary”, “River Deep Mountain High” and “Let’s Stay Together” to name but a few, this show is the ultimate night out. The concert style…
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2nd July 2021 - 2nd July 2021

Ed Byrne: If I'm Honest, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonEd Byrne: If I'm HonestJoin Ed as he takes a long hard look at himself and tries to decide if he has ANY traits that are worth passing on to his children. Ed Byrne presents his brand-new masterclass in observational comedy hot on the heels of his 17/18 Touring hit, Spoiler Alert! A TV household name, in the past year…
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9th July 2021 - 9th July 2021

On Tour with Elvis, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonOn Tour with ElvisMichael King is widely recognised 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…
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27th Aug 2021 - 27th Aug 2021

ABBA - Take a Chance on Us, Babbacombe, Torquay, DevonABBA - Take a Chance on UsAfter a fantastic night at the venue in the summer of 2018, the band is excited to be able to return again, with their LIVE SIX PIECE SHOW. The band remarked after the show how the audience, “did them proud!" So once again people are invited to put on their platform boots, funky suits or just a…
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4th Sept 2021 - 4th Sept 2021

The American Four Tops Show, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonThe American Four Tops ShowTHE AMERICAN FOUR TOPS DIRECT FROM THE USA, William Hicks’ AMERICAN FOUR TOPS SHOW It’s the show jam packed with sweet soul music and Motown magic that continues to leave audiences dancing and chanting for more following each outstanding performance. Featuring the voice of Mr William Hicks,…
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10th Sept 2021 - 10th Sept 2021

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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18th Sept 2021 - 18th Sept 2021

Electrik Live Orchestra, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonElectrik Live 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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2nd Oct 2021 - 2nd Oct 2021

Tim Vine is Plastic Elvis, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonTim Vine is Plastic ElvisThe total sell out at the Edinburgh festival is now on tour! Feel the electricity as Plastic Elvis hits the stage backed by his incredible five piece THE HIGH NOON BAND. He'll shake, he'll smoulder, he'll try and control his hair and in the end he'll break your heart. Sing along with some of the…
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15th Oct 2021 - 15th Oct 2021

G4 - Live 2020, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonG4 - Live 2020The UK's No.1 classical vocal quartet are back with another exhilarating tour - G4 LIVE 2020. Having exploded into the industry and the public's hearts back in 2004 on the first series of the X-Factor, G4 continue to blow people away, year after year, with their unique style and impactful harmonic…
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29th Oct 2021 - 29th Oct 2021

Sh*t Faced Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonSh*t-faced Shakespeare - Romeo and JulietThe smash-hit, internationally acclaimed, multi sell-out fringe phenomenon is touring the UK with one of Shakespeare's most loved plays: Romeo and Juliet. Sh*t-faced Shakespeare is the hilarious combination of an entirely serious adaptation of a Shakespearean classic, with an entirely sh*t-faced…
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28th Jan 2022 - 28th Jan 2022

Jason Manford: Like Me, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonJason Manford: Like MePhil McIntyre Live ltd, by arrangement with Lisa Thomas Management Proudly presents: Jason Manford: Like Me He’s back! It’s been a busy few years for Jason since his last smash-hit stand up show but fans of his Absolute Radio show will know this nationally acclaimed comedian hasn’t changed a bit…
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4th Apr 2022 - 4th Apr 2022

Omid Djalili:  The Good Times Tour, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonOmid Djalili: The Good Times TourAfter experimenting with a Zoom gig where he got muted by 639 people and a Drive-in gig where Omid witnessed an audience member get out his car, attach a hose pipe to his exhaust and feed it through the window; multi award-winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili is now where he belongs, on a stage…
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Recent Reviews:

  • Julie M
    Tamworth, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Amazing! 😍
    4 of 5 stars
    11th June 2020
    Have watched forbidden nights, David Bowie and a few other tribute acts, love this place it smaller then princess theatre, doesn't sell alcohol, just basic snacks, pop etc Always a nice atmosphere... Read full review
  • O2018QAandread
    A Holiday must.
    5 of 5 stars
    12th June 2020
    Always love to visit Babbacombe Theatre, always a first class show, very talented cast in every show. Good old fashioned variety shows. This is a must everytime we visit Paignton on our holidays... Read full review
  • cathycake
    Devon, UK
    Trip Type:
    A great family night out.
    5 of 5 stars
    4th July 2020
    This is a fantastic theatre. 600 seats, pretty good views from nearly every one of them. I have seen shows here from dramas, comedy, music from both original artists and tributes, to the most... Read full review


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.



  • 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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Company number 10237792.
Registered address 5 Vaughan Parade, Torquay, Devon, England, TQ2 5JG.
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