Babbacombe Theatre


Babbacombe Downs, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 3LU

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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.


12th Feb 2019 - 23rd Oct 2019

21st Aug 2019 - 21st Aug 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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8th June 2019 - 8th June 2019

Gary Delaney:  Gangster's Paradise, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonGary Delaney: Gangster's ParadiseDue 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...
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21st June 2019 - 21st June 2019

Gimme ABBA, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonGimme ABBA"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...
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5th July 2019 - 5th July 2019

On Tour with Elvis, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonOn Tour with ElvisMichael 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...
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6th July 2019 - 6th July 2019

James Acaster - Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonJames Acaster - Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999Little Wander in association with PBJ Management present:JAMES ACASTER-COLD LASAGNE HATE MYSELF 1999 “One time I bought a lasagne from the supermarket, heated it up in the oven and ate a bit of it and it wasn't very nice so I put it in the fridge because it felt wrong to dump a whole lasagne in...
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12th July 2019 - 12th July 2019

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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19th July 2019 - 19th July 2019

Jimmy Tarbuck OBE Shares 50 Years of Memories, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonJimmy Tarbuck OBE Shares 50 Years of MemoriesJimmy 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...
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20th July 2019 - 20th July 2019

Barbershop to Broadway, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonBarbershop to BroadwayThe ‘Chordettes’ Acappella Chorus are one of Devon’s most popular and long-standing ladies’ choirs, singing 4-Part Close Harmony in both the traditional barbershop style and modern arrangements. All performances are Acappella (without accompaniment) and feature all four voice parts – Tenor, Lead,...
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27th July 2019 - 27th July 2019

Neil Diamond - The ExperienceNeil Diamond, The Experience is a phenomenally accurate tribute to the legendary singer/songwriter. Featuring the musicians of the internationally acclaimed Opus One band and official 2018 UK #1Neil Diamond tribute nominee Dominic Kaye, the show takes you on a journey through the decades with...
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2nd Aug 2019 - 2nd Aug 2019

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 Aug 2019 - 10th Aug 2019

The George Michael Story, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonThe George Michael StoryBACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! A celebration of George Michael’s life & musical career, including anecdotes from his friends and interviews with the man himself. His music is performed by an 8 piece band fronted by two performers from the Wham days to George as a solo artist. http://www...
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16th Aug 2019 - 16th Aug 2019

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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23rd Aug 2019 - 23rd Aug 2019

The Bon Jovi Experience, Princess Theatre, Torquay, DevonThe Bon Jovi ExperienceThe Bon Jovi Experience are the world’s first and finest tribute to the great Bon Jovi and are the world’s ONLY tribute to have been requested by and to have performed live on stage with Jon Bon Jovi himself. They are also the only tribute to have been featured on the official Bon Jovi website. “...
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24th Aug 2019 - 24th Aug 2019

The Opera Boys, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonThe Opera BoysAfter the huge successes of the 2017 and 2018 tours, the Opera Boys are returning to Babbacombe for their new 2019 tour. Leading men from London’s West End combine in a powerhouse of vocal harmony to deliver a stunning blend of music ranging from opera to Pop and everything in-between. For the...
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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, DevonTommy 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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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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7th Nov 2019 - 7th Nov 2019

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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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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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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Recent Reviews:

  • graham47kay
    Blandford Forum, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Starburst Show worth 5 stars!
    5 of 5 stars
    20th Apr 2019
    We travelled as a group and had a wonderful entertaining evening enjoying Starburst which runs until late October on a Tuesday or Wednesday. Very funny, well worth a visit and enjoy this very... Read full review
  • Carol A
    Herne Bay, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    5 of 5 stars
    23rd Apr 2019
    Have seen several shows at Babbacombe Theatre, while on holiday in Paignton. The staff are very welcoming and friendly. Starburst is the best show yet. Steve Laister, Lindsey Collard, Dean Winters... Read full review
  • PaulnSuePlymouth
    Plymouth, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Stuart Francis Into the Pun Set Final tour at Babbacombe
    5 of 5 stars
    24th Apr 2019
    Babbacombe Theatre is a lovely old style theatre at the end of the picturesque and scenic cliff top Green. It is a small theatre but had a drinks license for the night in its old style tuck shop bar... 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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Registered address 5 Vaughan Parade, Torquay, Devon, England, TQ2 5JG.
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