Babbacombe Theatre


Babbacombe Downs, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 3LU

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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.  Since then, he has turned the venue into one of the most successful theatres of its size in the country.

Colin still owns and operates the venue, and his achievements continue to be recognised. Apart from winning, the award for, Outstanding Contribution to Tourism in 2016, his efforts to maintain 5-star entertainment at the venue, has meant the theatre is now ranked on TripAdvisor, as the Number 1 ‘Things to Do’ in Torquay as well as the Number 1 venue under Theatres and Performances in Torquay.

The venue with its extended season running from February to October, as well as the visiting touring shows providing early and late dates, and the now regular Christmas Show, the Babbacombe Theatre has productions running virtually throughout the year.

New shows are constantly added to the theatre’s programme of events, with many household names specifically requesting to appear on the Babbacombe boards. To keep abreast of who you can see appearing at this celebrated venue, refer to venues website alternatively contact the Box Office.

The theatre has:

Access for wheelchair users with an accessible toilet.

Wheelchair spaces.

Loop system.



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Opening Times

Opening 2021 (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)

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


27th Oct 2021 - 22nd Dec 2021

26th Dec 2021 - 26th Dec 2021

1st Jan 2022 - 1st Jan 2022

Step into Christmas, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonStep into ChristmasThe festive season is approaching and the place to be to enjoy the biggest party in town is happening twenty-one times over right here! The mood will be right, and the spirit of goodwill will abound with this super sparkling family show, Step into Christmas. ‘Good Cheer’, is all that you need to…
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10th Dec 2021 - 10th Dec 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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17th Dec 2021 - 17th Dec 2021

Forbidden Nights, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonForbidden NightsForbidden Nights 2021 Tour is here... celebrating their 7th 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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27th Jan 2022 - 27th Jan 2022

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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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 Feb 2022 - 4th Feb 2022

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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15th Feb 2022 - 19th Oct 2022

17th Aug 2022 - 17th Aug 2022

Starlight, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonStarlightNew for 2022 Starlight starring Steve Laister Wayne Martin, Lindsey Collard, Danze Chique, Paul Cobley, Holly Cosgrove and Kidz & Co Enjoy an evening of extraordinary entertainment Tickets £24, Seniors £22, Children £12
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19th Feb 2022 - 19th Feb 2022

Blake Live in Concert, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonBlake Live in ConcertSince joining together in 2007, Brit Award Winning vocalists Blake have recorded and performed many of the world's best loved songs. Celebrating a new decade together, they have chosen their all time favourites, bringing you an extraordinary show that highlights their harmonies better than ever…
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26th Feb 2022 - 26th Feb 2022

Fleetwood Bac, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonFleetwood 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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12th Mar 2022 - 12th Mar 2022

Everything Changes - The Take That and Robbie Williams Story, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonEverything Changes - The Take That and Robbie Williams StoryEVERYTHING CHANGES with their LIVE band & dancers are over the moon to be bringing the songs of UK chart topping band, Take That, to the Babbacombe Theatre stage. Take That have taken the world by storm for over 3 decades, before separating as a 4 piece and Robbie Williams left to his own devices.…
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18th Mar 2022 - 18th Mar 2022

The RUBETTES, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonThe RUBETTESThe Rubettes stormed their way to the top of the UK charts, with their million-selling single “Sugar Baby Love” and went on to repeat their incredible success story Worldwide! With their famous White Caps and a unique Doo-wop/Rock ‘n’ roll style, they notched up a string of international hits with…
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19th Mar 2022 - 19th Mar 2022

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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26th Mar 2022 - 26th Mar 2022

Nish Kumar - Your Power Your Control, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonNish Kumar - Your Power Your ControlNISH KUMAR - CONTROL LITTLE WANDER IN ASSOCIATION WITH PBJ MANAGEMENT PRESENT… NISH KUMAR CONTROL Age Guidance - 18+ Photo Credit - Matt Stronge “Kumar is the smartest, and often the silliest, political comic we’ve got: acute, furious and often the ridiculous fall guy of his own jokes” The…
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2nd Apr 2022 - 2nd Apr 2022

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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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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8th Apr 2022 - 8th Apr 2022

Flow & Joan - Sweet Release, Babbaccombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonFlo & Joan - Sweet ReleaseMulti-award winning musical comedy duo (and sisters) Flo & Joan are climbing out of their pits, armed with a piano and percussion section to bring you a brand new show of their critically acclaimed songs and comedy. Their unique, sharp-tongued style has taken them around the world with multiple…
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15th Apr 2022 - 15th Apr 2022

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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16th Apr 2022 - 16th Apr 2022

Jim Davidson - Unlocked 2022 Tour, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonJim Davidson - Unlocked 2022 TourAfter months of Lockdown, and with the comedy pressure valve set to explode, the people’s favourite is back with a brand-new show for 2022! More outrageous than ever. Jim Davidson OBE, one of Britain’s greatest ever comedians is unlocked and asks you to breakout too and join him on another…
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24th Apr 2022 - 24th Apr 2022

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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2nd May 2022 - 2nd May 2022

Exterior, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonSnow White and the Seven Drag Queens - Adults OnlySnow White and the Seven Drag Queens  Awaiting further details Call into the Visitor Information Centre on Torquay harbour side to book tickets.
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14th May 2022 - 14th May 2022

Surfin’ USA with the Beached Boys, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonSurfin’ USA with the Beached BoysSURFIN' USA WITH THE BEACHED BOYS This wonderful show has a huge number of hit songs emanating from the West Coast of the USA…Famous for the Surfin’ Sound! The show features the MAMAS AND PAPAS UK with all the big hits, California Dreamin’, Monday Monday, I Saw Her Again Last Night, Dedicated To…
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20th May 2022 - 20th May 2022

Henning Wehn - It'll All Come Out in the Wash, Princess Theatre, Torquay, DevonHenning Wehn - It'll All Come Out in the WashWatch German Comedy Ambassador Henning Wehn give everything a good rinse and witness him wring sense out of the nonsensical. An unbiased look at a certain virus might be inevitable but Henning has no agenda; he just happens to be always spot on. It’s a curse. “A master at using his outsider…
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11th June 2022 - 11th June 2022

The Rat Pack, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonThe Rat Pack and MarilynThe 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 2022 - 18th June 2022

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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1st July 2022 - 1st July 2022

Cher - Strong Enough, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonCher - Strong EnoughGet ready for an unforgettable evening, celebrating the global superstar and great female icon that is Cher. Featuring all of the classic hits including Turn Back Time, I Found Someone, Believe, Strong Enough, Gypsies Tramps and thieves, her modern Abba remixes and many more. This is one…
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15th July 2022 - 15th July 2022

Gary Delaney: Gary in Punderland, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonGary Delaney: Gary in PunderlandGet ready to dive into a rabbit hole of the best jokes in the world - star of Live at the Apollo and sell-out sensation Gary Delaney is back! One of the most sought after joke writers in the country and longstanding Mock the Week special guest, Gary has been through the laughing glass and he’s…
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6th Aug 2022 - 6th Aug 2022

A Slightly Naughty Night Out, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonA Slightly Naughty Night OutPIE Entertainment are one of the leading bespoke comedy suppliers in the UK and bring this comedy spectacular to the Babbacombe Theatre. Non stop laughter with comedians to suit all tastes. Have your funny bone well and truly tickled at this great value, unpredictable evening that promises to be…
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3rd Sept 2022 - 3rd Sept 2022

The American Four Tops Show, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonThe American Four Tops ShowIt’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, high-stepping choreography and superb vocal harmonies hit the stage with all the glitz of…
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23rd Sept 2022 - 23rd Sept 2022

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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24th Sept 2022 - 24th Sept 2022

Calling Planet Earth, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonCalling Planet Earth“THE SHOW THAT DEFINES A DECADE” A New Romantic Symphony that goes on a journey through one of the greatest musical Era’s of All Time – The Electrifying 80’s Featuring songs from now legendary artists such as DURAN DURAN, SPANDAU BALLET, THE HUMAN LEAGUE, ULTRAVOX, TEARS FOR FEARS, DEPECHE MODE,…
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7th Oct 2022 - 7th Oct 2022

Celine - My Heart Will Go On, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonCeline - My Heart Will Go OnExperience the ultimate Celine Dion tribute Concert as it tours across the UK. My Heart Will Go On is a stunning celebration of the music and life of one of the greatest singers of our time. Starring January Butler as ‘Celine Dion’ and an outstanding live band, the audience are taken on a magical…
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15th Oct 2022 - 15th Oct 2022

Seriously Collins, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonSeriously CollinsSERIOUSLY COLLINS – 10 Piece Phil Collins/Genesis Tribute- Saturday 15th October 7.30pm A genuine tribute to the biggest artist of our generation. Packed with hits and fan favourites, this two-hour extravaganza will take you back to Phil in his hey-day.   Featuring the award winning tribute to the…
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29th Oct 2022 - 29th Oct 2022

The Bootleg Sixties featuring The Overtures, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonThe Bootleg Sixties featuring The OverturesThe Sixties were without doubt the most dynamic and innovative of decades, and their impact upon society is still being felt throughout the world even now. The huge changes in music, fashion, and culture which the Sixties brought about have left an indelible mark on the world, one which will…
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Recent Reviews:

  • Zandra K
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom
    An evening to remember
    5 of 5 stars
    1st Dec 2021
    Just arrived back at our hotel after enjoying an absolutely fabulous show, Stepping into Christmas. This was an unplanned visit but I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. Thank you to every member... Read full review
  • davidgI3138AL
    Amazing and not to be missed
    5 of 5 stars
    4th Dec 2021
    My wife and I were fortunate to be invited to the ‘Step into Christmas’ extravaganza on the evening of 1st December this year (2021). What a night, we (and I’m sure the rest of the audience) never... Read full review
  • SteveF2230
    Brillant show
    4 of 5 stars
    4th Dec 2021
    Christmas spectacular .Fun, Great songs and dance routines; would go again . Recommend as a great night out 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 Disabled Visitors
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • 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.
Telephone 01803 211211

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