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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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

CANCELLED - 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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11th Oct 2019 - 11th Oct 2019

Down for the Count Swing Orchestra, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonDown for the Count Swing OrchestraDown for the Count are a mini big band who bring the sounds of the Swing Era back to life, with an electrifying show full of incredible energy and musicianship. They are constantly in demand, and in 2018 alone they sold out Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, Hideaway Streatham, Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho,…
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18th Oct 2019 - 18th Oct 2019

Gilbert O'Sullivan in Concert, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonJust Gilbert UK TourEnjoying one of the most creative and commercially successful periods of an outstanding career, Gilbert O’Sullivan has continued to look to the future while his famous back catalogue has won respect and adoration all over the world. His 2018 album reached the top 20 and he now returns for a solo…
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1st Nov 2019 - 1st Nov 2019

The Fleetwood Mac Songbook, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonThe Fleetwood Mac Songbook'The Fleetwood Mac Songbook' is made up of six experienced musicians who are dedicated to celebrating one of the all-time great Rock, Pop & Blues bands in the World – FLEETWOOD MAC. The band deliver faithful live recreations of all the Mac's best known and well-loved songs. They span the 50+ years…
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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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22nd Nov 2019 - 22nd Nov 2019

Dick Whittington - Adult Pantomime, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonDick Whittington - Adult PantomimeThe production will feature a hilarious cast of five principal performers (all with extensive previous pantomime experience and credits to their name), as well as four professional dancers, sumptuous scenery, colourful costumes, a laugh-a-second script and eye-popping illusions! There is a…
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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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11th Apr 2020 - 11th Apr 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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17th Apr 2020 - 17th Apr 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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24th Apr 2020 - 24th Apr 2020

Forbidden Nights, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonForbidden NightsWELCOME TO A BRAND NEW FANTASY FORBIDDEN NIGHTS is a full production male variety show combining superlative circus and acrobatic skills with finely honed physiques. This unrivalled night of glamour, talent and torsos showcases sizzling new acts, stunt-orientated routines and explosive provocative…
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15th May 2020 - 15th May 2020

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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23rd May 2020 - 23rd May 2020

Explosive LIght Orchestra, Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, DevonExplosive Light 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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17th July 2020 - 17th July 2020

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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Recent Reviews:

  • 548valeriem
    Highbridge, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    5 of 5 stars
    12th June 2019
    What an amazing production mix of comedy singing and dancing .Steve was amazing as were the rest of the cast . Not belly laughed like that for years . So entertaining it left you wanting more... Read full review
  • zojaexa
    Torquay, Devon, UK
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    The 2019 I ❤️ Music spectacular!
    5 of 5 stars
    14th June 2019
    Never a disappointment, this year's I Love Music show on Thursdays was even better than previous years..if that is possible! Packed with all our favourite singa longs...audience participation raised... Read full review
  • Wesco780861
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Starburst - summer show
    5 of 5 stars
    14th June 2019
    An enjoyable evening from start to finish with the singers, dancers, comedians and some children, well done to all of you,well worth a visit 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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