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.
Selected reviews for this venue:
Hairy Bikers - Larger Than Live (08/03/13) - A Good Night Out
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!
Address: Princess Theatre
Torquay train station is located just along the seafront, about a 20 minute walk away from the Theatre. For more information and train times please check National Rail.
Stagecoach number 12 and 12A buses, stop just along the road, about a 5 minute walk from the Theatre. Also the First Group X80 services the theatre. For more information on Bus Times please check First Group or Stagecoach.
We are located on Torbay Road in Torquay. Postal Code TQ2 5EZ There is ample parking nearby in either the Sheddon Hill, Marina or Fleet Walk car parks plus limited parking available on the road.
There are 6 steps up, with handrails, to the main entrance, then swing doors into the foyer. A ramp is situated to the far right of the doors near to the entrance to Breezes. Two sets of double doors give access to the rear of the stalls, which slopes down (no stairs) to the front row. There is a lift, or a flight of 22 steps, from the foyer to the circle bar. From the bar there are two entrances to the circle, both with double swing doors and 11 steps to a centre gangway, from which there are 6 steps down to the front row and 5 steps up to the back row.
There is also a Café/Bar/Bistro linked to the theatre, which is fully accessible to the disabled and wheelchair users.
The box office is situated on the road side of the building with two flat entrances with heavy swing doors, automatic opening doors are situated to the left of the box office operated by pressing the red button on the wall the counter is 90 cms high, with a writing shelf situated in the middle of the 2 sales counters, The rows with better leg room in the stalls are the front row, V36/42, all side gangway seats and Circle row G.
We have an Infra-red hearing system installed, please ask for a headset at the sweet kiosk in the foyer (Available for a refundable £5 deposit).
Limited signed performances, please ask for details.
Guide, hearing and other working dogs are welcome in all parts of the theatre.
Fully accessible toilets are located from the stalls wheelchair spaces through the fire exit on the right, also from the main foyer through the double swing doors through to the Café-Bar.