The Princess Theatre first opened it’s doors on Wednesday 7th June 1961. Top of the bill on the opening night were the late, great Tommy Cooper and the legendary Morecambe 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.
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 has seen artistes such as Jim Davidson, Jethro and Jimmy Cricket making regular appearances. However Summer 2002 saw a change from the traditional line-up to a 6 week run consisting of two West End musicals Grease and Chicago. Summer 2003 saw a similar occurrence, featuring the Blues Brothers, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Boogie Nights, with musicals proving to be a popular choice for the local people of Torbay as well as the holiday makers.
Hairy Bikers - Larger Than Live
A Good Night Out from EJPenn, 08/03/13
I admit I am also bemused....by the amount of disappointed reviewers of this show! I saw the boys last night in Torquay and while it was all the things that people have said - and that is advertised lets remember - I laughed more than I have done in ages. To be perfectly honest with you, if the British public cant laugh at a little bit of naughty then what has this nation come to? Its political correctness gone mental. And thats what I love about Si and Dave - not only are they great cooks, but they just say it like it is. Keep up the good work lads!