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Babbacombe Theatre

Type:Theatre

Babbacombe Downs, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 3LU

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Opening Dates and Times

Opening 2022 (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
Opening 2022 (24 Jan 2022 - 1 Jan 2023)

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

About

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.

View a clip of Starlight here

 

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.

 

Awards

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    Recent Reviews:

    • 196jonf
      Don't stop the music
      5 of 5 stars
      20th May 2022
      The Show was "Don't Stop the Music". It was an excellent evening out. The show was very good. the sang a whole range of songs and the singers had great voices. The comedy pard of the show was very... Read full review
    • Fwengerlee
      Brixham, United Kingdom
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      Amazing Show!
      5 of 5 stars
      21st May 2022
      Don’t Stop the Music! 19th May. The show was spectacular! Wonderful costumes, incredible dancing and amazing voices. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute! Thank you to all concerned. Read full review
    • M1032WHchristopherw
      Another fantastic evening.
      5 of 5 stars
      23rd May 2022
      Another fantastic evening at this small but delightful theatre. The show “Don’t Stop The Music” was just just packed with popular songs, and comedy at a pace which was truly brilliant. We left the... Read full review

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    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.

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