Babbacombe Theatre

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Babbacombe Downs, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 3LU

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Babbacombe Theatre in Torquay, Devon

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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 for the remainder of 2019 and for 2020, 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: https://babbacombe-theatre.ticketsolve.com/confirm-donations

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.

Events

11th Feb 2020 - 21st Oct 2020

19th Aug 2020 - 19th Aug 2020

Superstars, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonPOSTPONED - SuperstarsSuperStars 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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7th May 2020 - 8th Oct 2020

I Love Music, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonPOSTPONED - I Love MusicIt is said that a good song stands the test of time, and that can be said about the 40 musical numbers featured in a new show for 2020, I Love Music. You can expect to enjoy a fun-filled production that will take you on an inspirational musical journey, encapsulating all genres on the musical…
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18th Sept 2020 - 18th Sept 2020

Afterglow Genesis Tribute Band, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonCANCELLED - Afterglow 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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19th Sept 2020 - 19th Sept 2020

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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26th Sept 2020 - 26th Sept 2020

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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2nd Oct 2020 - 2nd Oct 2020

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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9th Oct 2020 - 9th Oct 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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10th Oct 2020 - 10th Oct 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 Oct 2020 - 11th Oct 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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16th Oct 2020 - 16th Oct 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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6th Nov 2020 - 6th Nov 2020

17th Dec 2020 - 17th Dec 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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10th Nov 2020 - 10th Nov 2020

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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14th Nov 2020 - 14th Nov 2020

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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20th Nov 2020 - 20th Nov 2020

Cinderella - Adults Only, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonCinderella - Adults OnlyFollowing the huge successes of last year’s 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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21st Nov 2020 - 21st Nov 2020

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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28th Nov 2020 - 28th Nov 2020

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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11th Dec 2020 - 11th Dec 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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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

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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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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11th Mar 2021 - 11th Mar 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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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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20th Mar 2021 - 20th Mar 2021

Come What May - The ULTIMATE TRIBUTE to Moulin RougeCome What May - The ULTIMATE TRIBUTE to Moulin RougeSweeney Entertainments present to you an 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 and Lady…
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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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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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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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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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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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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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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
  • Excellent
    822
  • Very Good
    151
  • Average
    36
  • Poor
    7
  • Terrible
    9

Recent Reviews:

  • AlisterNb
    London, United Kingdom
    A night to remember
    5 of 5 stars
    12th May 2020
    We went to see a show at night. I would recommend this theatre to anyone, the cast is superb in their main roles and, with some neat tricks. Also, voice a host of other characters. For a small... Read full review
  • 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

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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