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Princess Theatre

Torbay Road, Torquay TQ2 5EZ, England
+44 844 871 3023
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Most uncomfortable seating

Went to see Chicago yesterday fantastic show just let down by the theatre , £3.50 for a ice-cream... read more

Reviewed 1 May 2016
Julia R
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
All that jazz ;)!

We had an absolutely wonderful evening last night for the last performance of Chicago. We enjoyed... read more

Reviewed 1 May 2016
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The Princess Theatre first opened it’s doors on Wednesday 7 June 1961. Top of the bill on the opening night were the late, great Tommy Cooper and the legendary Morecombe and Wise.The theatre was built by Torbay Council as the main feature of the redevelopment of the Princess Gardens area on Torquay seafront. The theatre replaced a marquee which was erected annually to house light entertainment. The theatre is located on the seafront and boasts panoramic views across Torbay where, weather permitting, you can see the towns of Brixham & Paignton. The theatre is still council owned and was originally lease managed to Apollo Leisure in 1991. Apollo Leisure was then bought out by SFX, which was then acquired by Clear Channel Entertainment. In 2005 Clear Channel span off the entertainment arm of its business and Live Nation was born. In 2009 Live Nation put their theatre division up for sale and at the end of the year a successful sale went through with the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG). ATG are the current managers of the theatre. The Princess Theatre is Torbay’s largest touring venue with a seating capacity of 1,491. The theatre is a touring house only and has a variety of independent production companies visiting the theatre. It has played host to a wide variety of entertainment, including opera, ballet, concerts, wrestling, comedy, pantomime, ice shows & West End musicals. Theatres in seaside resorts are traditionally known for their annual Summer Season consisting of light entertainment and family variety shows, and Torquay is no exception. In the past the Princess Theatre saw the Summer Season lasting 22 weeks of the year and artistes such as Jim Davidson, Jethro and Jimmy Cricket to name but a few, made regular appearances. Today, the Summer Season is a somewhat shorter affair and realistically lasts about 6 weeks. A traditional summer line up can still be found in our programming with one night shows making up the summer diary. Although the Summer Season was historically the main focal point of the diary it is not the case today. There is no longer an “in season” time frame and we have regular visits throughout the year with West End musicals, such as Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Chicago, Starlight Express, Rocky Horror, CATS, Sunny Afternoon and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as well as concerts, comedians, mediums and finishing the year with a traditional pantomime. . The theatre stages and supports local amateur societies with their performances and endures in the local community, like hosting our award-winning 'Natvitys'. In 1998 an extension was built onto the side of the theatre to house Breezes cafe bar, which is open to public throughout the year, irrespective of any ‘dark’ period in the theatre. Breezes caters for all; locals & tourists as well as patrons of the theatre. When the theatre is open for a show Breezes’ two bars work alongside the Princess Theatre bar to ensure no customer goes without! The top of Breezes also has a function suite, which can be used for meetings, press functions, parties and private hire. The view from the function suite and upper deck is fabulous, as it is the best viewing point in which to see the full splendour of Torbay.
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Torbay Road, Torquay TQ2 5EZ, England
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Reviewed 1 May 2016

Went to see Chicago yesterday fantastic show just let down by the theatre , £3.50 for a ice-cream and the most uncomfortable narrow seats with no leg room what a shame . just lucky our row was not full so could move seats so I...More

Thank Julia R
princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2016

Hi Julia R, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us at the Princess Theatre. We are so glad you enjoyed the show 'Chicago', we are sorry to hear you experienced discomfort whilst watching the performance and i hope it didn't...More

Reviewed 1 May 2016 via mobile

We had an absolutely wonderful evening last night for the last performance of Chicago. We enjoyed pre drinks in the bar, enjoying the spectacular views over Torbay. The show itself was brilliant. The Theatre is lovely as were all the staff we encountered. Thanks for...More

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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2016

Thank you ccsjhj for your kind words and generous review. We are so lucky to be situated over looking the glorious views of Torbay. So pleased you had a lovely time here with us and that you enjoyed 'Chicago'. We look forward to seeing you...More

Reviewed 30 April 2016 via mobile

Unfortunately very poor customer service experience. Waitress had very poor attitude the moment we arrived and was unwilling to accommodate us 2 hours before the show as we were a group of 15, stated kitchen was too small, even though we were not wanting main...More

Thank Hollie W
princesstrq2016, marketing assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 20 May 2016

Hello Hollie W Thank you for your comments. We can assure you your feedback has been passed on to the relevant department in relation to this matter. kind regards Princess Theatre.

Reviewed 27 April 2016

We have just enjoyed the matinee performance of Chicago, & what a fabulous experience! The Princess Theatre is a lovely venue with friendly staff & amazing views from the bar. A wonderful performance & the best afternoon out in town!More

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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2016

Hi Clarems S We are so glad that you came and joined us for Chicago and enjoyed the matinee performance. Thank you for taking the time to show your support for the Princess Theatre by adding your comments to our TripAdvisor page, we are sincerely...More

Reviewed 27 April 2016 via mobile

We had booked the blues brothers show arrived 2 hours early hoping they could accomadate 16 for meal pre show. Staff member very rude refused to ask kitchen for any more than chips . We were told only pre booked meals available although restaurant not...More

Thank shaz3er
princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2016

Hi Shaz3er Thank you for taking the time to comment on your recent experience at the Princess Theatre, to see the Chicago Blues Brothers. We are aware of the issue you experienced and that you spoke to the Duty Manager on the evening. We have...More

Reviewed 26 April 2016

i booked to see chicago last minute and what a fantastic show . all the staff were excellent and professional . i would like to thank the man in the booking office for his knowledge on where to sit.More

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princesstrq2016, Marketing Assistant at Princess Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 27 April 2016

Hi CenterCat We are so glad that you came and joined us for Chicago. Thank you for taking the time to show your support for the Princess Theatre by adding your comments to our TripAdvisor page, we are sincerely grateful for your overview and 5...More

Reviewed 26 April 2016

Great theatre for a wide range of shows that are reasonably priced. I find that some times, you can see the same shows here that are also showing at other places but at a better seat price. Worth doing some research

Thank Paul B
Reviewed 25 April 2016

We came here to watch Rocky Horror, excellent show as always., and were pleasantly surprised by the theatre The theatre was packed, and the seats were a wee bit small, but that didn't spoil our enjoyment. We pre-ordered drinks for the interval, and glad we...More

Thank Pastyboyprop
Reviewed 24 April 2016

What an evening! The Chicago Blues Brothers were absolutely brilliant, everyone was up and dancing and singing along. They certainly knew how to get the crowd involved. It was great to here all the old favourites that we have grown up with. Very entertaining and...More

Thank Whitten101
Reviewed 16 April 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed the show. The Theatre just needs some updating - there aren't enough ladies toilets on either level. Also the night we watched the show they kept the heating on! Luckily the amazing show distracted us, even the bar in the interval was...More

Thank Smg3916
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Response from mooney71 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for late reply there is on street parking
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Denise B
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Response from princesstrq2016 | Property representative |
We have a local dance school production putting on a show called Cinderella/Micheal Jackson tribute show. For more info head to the website.
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