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Princess Theatre Torquay Torquay

About the Princess Theatre Torquay

First opening in 1961, acts such as Tommy Cooper and Morecambe and Wise were topping the bill at the Princess Theatre’s debut performance. Built by Torbay Council as part of the redevelopment of the Princess Gardens on the seafront, the building replaced an annual marquee that hosted light variety entertainment. Over the years, the Princess Theatre has been managed by several different companies whilst under the continued maintenance of the council. In 1991, the building was leased to Apollo Leisure and was then taken over by SFX and Clear Channel Entertainment. In 2009, Ambassador Theatre Group bought the theatre and continues to manage it to this day.

The Princess Theatre is the largest venue in the wider Torbay area, with a seating capacity of 1,491. Traditionally hosting family variety shows in the summer, it developed its reputation for hosting West End musicals in the early noughties, with shows such as Grease, Chicago and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat visiting during UK tours. These days it continues to host a diverse programme of entertainment including musicals, plays, ballet, opera and concerts.

Plan your visit

The theatre is open for performances up to 90 minutes before the show begins. Patrons are usually able to take their seats in the auditorium 30 minutes before curtain up.
There is no cloakroom at the theatre, and visitors are advised to bring bags and coats small enough to take into the auditorium.
Princess Theatre Torquay has various security measures in place, and theatregoers may be asked to participate in bag checks upon arrival or when entering the auditorium. Please arrive early to avoid queues and allow plenty of time to reach your seats.
The Princess Bistro is open from 10am - 5pm Monday - Saturday for breakfast, lunch, light bites and dinner. Visitors can also enjoy pre-show drinks and refreshments at the bistro’s bar before their scheduled performance begins.
On The Rocks is a casual café-bistro serving a variety of seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes. Visitors can enjoy a pre-show meal before walking around 10 minutes along the seafront to the theatre. Also within walking distance is Michelin-starred The Elephant Restaurant, which focuses on seasonal à la carte, lunch and tasting menus.
There are a variety of grand Victorian-era hotels on the seafront, including The Imperial Torquay, for those looking for an upmarket option. If you prefer cheap, convenient and comfortable accommodation, Travelodge is 18 minutes from the theatre on the number 12 bus.

Help booking tickets

Customers can visit the box office for same-day ticket collection. When picking up tickets, please bring a form of ID such as the card you booked with, and your booking confirmation email.
The box office is open 90 minutes before the first performance of the day begins.
Customers can contact the box office for booking queries by calling 0333 009 6690.
STAR (Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers) are the industry body that regulates the sale of London theatre tickets. When booking from a company you can check their ticket seller database to see if they are registered and conforming to STAR practices. When buying online, you should also check for the padlock in your browser URL bar to ensure the connection is secure.
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