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Babbacombe Theatre


Babbacombe Downs, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 3LU

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A valuable asset to the English Riviera for nearly eighty years, 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 ENTERTAINMENT factor is paramount to the successes of the productions at the celebrated venue and this year will be no exception.

2018 will mark the 4th consecutive year the venue continues to be ranked on TripAdvisor’s Theatres and Performances listing as not only the Number 1 theatre in Torquay, but in Devon! It is also, a winner of the Certificate of Excellence Award again making it seven successive years. The Babbacombe Theatre is also the only theatre in the Bay to have produced successive ‘5 STAR’ productions for three years.

During 2018 as well as their own productions STARSHINE & WEST END AT THE MOVIES, appearances from iconic performers are bound to make an impression. See Tim Vine, Rich Hall, G4, Ed Byrne, Milton Jones & Showaddywaddy to name just a few!

Expect elements of danger, magic and comedy with Starshine, albeit there will also be some breath-taking moments as the cast celebrates the musicals too. Enjoy tributes to some of the most iconic pop stars, including Michael Jackson, who would have turned 60 this year.  

West End at the Movies, whilst enjoying nostalgic musical medleys, you can expect highlights from award winning Big screen smash hits!

Audiences have come to expect a theatre experience that is magical and memorable, and everyone involved with both new productions this season hopes your evening meets all your expectations.

For dates and ticket prices please check the venues website, which also features details for all upcoming shows programmed for 2018. Alternatively contact the Box Office.

The theatre has

 • Access for wheelchair users with an accessible toilet,

 • Wheelchair spaces

 • Loop System

Opening Times

Opening 2018 (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
Opening 2018 (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)

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


13th Feb 2018 - 24th Oct 2018

22nd Aug 2018 - 22nd Aug 2018

StarshineIlluminate your day with - Starshine. Featuring an array of talented performers who share one common purpose to ‘Entertain you’, the all new show for 2018, Starshine, promises an abundance of side - splitting comedy, powerful vocalists delivering dynamic songs and elegant dancers who are...
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3rd May 2018 - 4th Oct 2018

West End at the MoviesIf you are passionate about music, love the magic of watching an epic musical on the big screen and enjoy the wonder of theatre, then the all new show, produced and directed by Colin Matthews, at the Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, West End at the Movies, will be something you will not want to miss...
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29th June 2018 - 29th June 2018

Dire Straits:UKDire Straits:UK is a brand new UK based tribute band to Mark Knopfler’s legendary Dire Straits. The band has that launched in 1977 has spawned some of the greatest loved songs of all time including Sultans of Swing, Walk of Life, the iconic Money for Nothing and the spine tingling Romeo and Juliet....
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20th July 2018 - 20th July 2018

On 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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28th July 2018 - 28th July 2018

CANCELLED - Faith - The George Michael LegacyA stunning celebration of one of the greatest singer –songwriters of all time. Featuring international George Michael tribute, Wayne Dilks and his 8 piece band. Enjoy a musical journey that spans 35 years of hit records, from Wham to his solo career. The show uses actual video footage from The...
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3rd Aug 2018 - 3rd Aug 2018

Black Magic – The Little Mix ShowA highly energetic tribute show that follows in the footsteps of the award winning girl band, Little Mix. This iconic 5-star rated show has live vocals and is full of commercial pop-video choreography. Suitable for kids, tweens, teens and adults alike, The Little Mix Show brings the full pop...
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10th Aug 2018 - 10th Aug 2018

The 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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17th Aug 2018 - 17th Aug 2018

Take a Chance on UsThe music of Abba never fails to generate a fantastic night of entertainment!! Appealing to all age groups “TAKE A CHANCE ON US!” is a fantastic show containing the finest musicians, stunning live vocals and amazing harmonies. The show has professional voiceovers, costume changes, choreographed...
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25th Aug 2018 - 25th Aug 2018

Jimmy Tamley - Family Laughter ShowTwo magical shows in one! Enjoy everything that is JUNGLE JIM in the first half – A lively, colourful and interactive show which is suitable for all ages with lots of wild and whacky animal characters. JIMMY TAMLEY LIVE & LAUGHING will undoubtedly ensure the second half of this show sprints along...
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1st Sept 2018 - 1st Sept 2018

You Win AgainYou Win Again - Celebrating the Music of the Bee Gees Direct from London’s West End, You Win Again – Celebrating The Music of The Bee Gees. Prepare to experience the distinct sound of one the greatest bands to have ever graced the stage in this unforgettable concert spectacular. Immerse yourself...
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21st Sept 2018 - 21st Sept 2018

The Opera BoysAfter the huge success of the 2017 tour, Opera Boys are returning to Babbacombe for their all new 2018 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 past 5 years,...
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28th Sept 2018 - 28th Sept 2018

Daliso Chaponda - What the African said ....The Malawian born stand up comedian Daliso Chaponda was a stand out star from last year’s Britain’s Got Talent. He finished third and captured the hearts of the nation and has had huge success on social media with over 8 million Facebook views and 9 million views on Youtube ! What the judges...
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29th Sept 2018 - 29th Sept 2018

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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6th Oct 2018 - 6th Oct 2018

The Darkside of Pink FloydThe music of Pink Floyd has stood the test of time, millions of fans worldwide revere the bands entire 14 album discography. Even though the band no longer tour, there is a massive demand for their music to be heard and experienced in a live setting. There are many Pink Floyd Tribute bands...
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12th Oct 2018 - 12th Oct 2018

Snow White and the Seven Ugly B******sSNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN UGLY B*****DS 18+ A PANTOMIME - FOR ADULTS ONLY Join us for some rude, crude, fun and frolics, as Dickey enrols in Prince School in a bid to get his girl! Add some horrible dwarfs, an ugly old evil queen, and a couple of scantily dressed girls for no reason, as we provide...
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20th Oct 2018 - 20th Oct 2018

Robert Temple - The Hypnotist, Live and Outrageous*Not for the easily offended Join leading hypnotist Robert Temple on a fast-paced, laugh-out-loud and hysterical ride to the centre of your imagination! This is YOUR chance to become the star of this unforgettable show. Forget swinging watches and people clucking like chickens – “The Hypnotist:...
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21st Oct 2018 - 21st Oct 2018

Chris RamseyCHRIS RAMSEY LIVE 2018 - THE JUST HAPPY TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE TOUR TOUR EXTENDED Critically acclaimed and award winning Stand Up comedian, host of his own TV entertainment show and Stand Up show on Comedy Central, Celebrity Juice regular and the only person to ever put Katie Hopkins in her...
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8th Nov 2018 - 8th Nov 2018

Blake Anniversary TourBrit-Award-winning vocal trio Blake return in 2018 with a special UK tour, celebrating 10 years together. The show features songs from their brand-new 10th anniversary album including Elgar's 'Nimrod', the Beatles' 'Here There and Everywhere', 'Somewhere' from West Side Story & the classic...
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10th Nov 2018 - 10th Nov 2018

The George Michael StoryThe George Michael Story is touring venues across the UK in 2018 and reputes to be the only truly accurate George Michael Show. It is the only touring show to perform George Michael’s hits in chronological order from ‘Young Guns’ in 1982, ‘Careless Whisper’ in 1984 to 2014 including the re-release...
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15th Nov 2018 - 15th Nov 2018

Tony Stockwell - Psychic MediumRemarkably compelling, amazingly detailed and always humorous The popular star of TV’s Street Psychic, Psychic Private Eyes and Psychic Academy, Tony Stockwell has a long-established credibility as one of the top Intuitive Mediums and has shared the stage all round the world with international...
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23rd Nov 2018 - 23rd Nov 2018

Showaddywaddy'The Greatest Rock & Roll Band In The World’ is a bold statement,but Showaddywaddy has lived up to that title as they recently celebrated their 40th anniversary. Formed in the 1970s in Leicester from several local bands, they have sold more than 20 million records and have toured the world. Their...
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30th Nov 2018 - 30th Nov 2018

Walk Like a ManWALK LIKE A MAN 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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1st Mar 2019 - 1st Mar 2019

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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13th Apr 2019 - 13th Apr 2019

Henning Wehn - Get On With ItYou couldn’t make it up; surely the German Comedy Ambassador Henning Wehn hasn’t bosched out yet another new show? And what’s he still doing here anyway? Well, his lack of transferable skills is what keeps him here and his belief that practise makes perfect is what keeps him going. This show is a...
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18th Apr 2019 - 18th Apr 2019

Stewart Francis - Into the PunsetCanadian one-line merchant Stewart Francis has announced his farewell comedy tour. The comic, who won Dave’s Funniest Joke Of The Fringe in 2012 and has made a dozen appearances on Mock The Week, will go on the road with Into The Punset this autumn. Francis has been speaking about quitting...
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  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

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Recent Reviews:

  • Dawn N
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    5 of 5 stars
    18th June 2018
    Went to watch Lee Nelson which I would definitely recommend if he comes back again. A very very funny man. With restaurants and parking nearby the location is fantastic. Reasonably priced tickets and... Read full review
  • Basingstoke23
    Basingstoke, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    No-stop enjoyment
    5 of 5 stars
    17th June 2018
    Bought the tickets at Bay Thor park hotel, was collected & returned by coach at no extra charge. The show was the best ever, non-stop enjoyment Read full review
  • Nita C
    Trip Type:
    Great evening
    5 of 5 stars
    17th June 2018
    Tickets bought as present for father's Day to see Lee Nelson. Wonderful theatre, attentive staff. The show was amazing, Lee didn't disappoint!!! Hilarious!!! Would definitely recommend. 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.


Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted


  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Facilities for the Disabled
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • Delta accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Special group rates
  • Visa accepted

Establishment Features

  • Cater for groups

Specialist Features

  • Marketed towards families
  • Marketed towards senior citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth

Get in Touch

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Tel01803 328385

Tel01803 322233

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Tel01803 328385

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This Official Tourism Website is managed by the English Riviera BID Company Ltd.
Company number 10237792.
Registered address 5 Vaughan Parade, Torquay, Devon, England, TQ2 5JG.
Telephone 01803 211211

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