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Babbacombe Theatre

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Address: Babbacombe Downs Road, Torquay TQ1 3LU, England
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+44 1803 328385
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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A valuable asset to the English Riviera for nearly eighty years, the...

A valuable asset to the English Riviera for nearly eighty years, the Babbacombe Theatre in Torquay, is renowned for wowing audiences with their highly-acclaimed variety shows, performed throughout the year by a professional cast.

There is ‘Magic to Do’ as the all new family show Magic of the Stars opens its doors for the 2017 season at the celebrated venue. Colin Matthews, the show’s producer and director won the Herald Express’s, ‘Outstanding Contribution to Tourism’ Award during his 30th year at the venue in 2016. He now has a legacy to maintain, therefore ‘just for you’ he and the shows cast, invite you to join them on a two-hour journey that promises to ‘warm your heart’.

‘Humour handled by a master’ is very much in the hands of the host and headlining showman, Steve Laister. Others with, ‘parts to perform’ is divine diva, Lindsey Collard, West End actress Gail-Marie, the British Magical Champion of Illusion, Daniel Dean, the effervescent Wayne ‘Champagne’ Martin, Danze Magique, our sensational dancers and finally six youngsters we like to call the Rock Starz! Combined this cast will undoubtedly leave you with a lasting impression.

Magic of the Stars features extracts from Broadway and West End shows, has hit songs that span seven decades, numerous classic comedic sketches as well as inspirational lighting, costume design, choreography, and musical arrangements. There will be no other, ‘Night Like This’ in the Bay, so if you want to enjoy a magical and memorable evening of extraordinary entertainment at Devon’s No.1 theatre (as rated by TripAdvisor), then this show will not disappoint.

Check the venues website for details on all the other shows programmed for 2017 or contact the Box Office.The theatre has, Access for wheelchair users with an accessible toilet, Wheelchair spaces & Loop System

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Excellent theatre for viewing the stage, even if you are seated at the side in row Q. It was not a Pantomime (thank goodness), but a polished, amusing and excellent variety... read more

Reviewed 2 January 2016
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Mottisfont, United Kingdom
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Mottisfont, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2016

Excellent theatre for viewing the stage, even if you are seated at the side in row Q. It was not a Pantomime (thank goodness), but a polished, amusing and excellent variety show. Well done!

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BabbacombeTheatre, General Manager at Babbacombe Theatre, responded to this review

Dear John M Thank you very much for the well done, but more so for making a point of mentioning that we have good viewing from our side seats, even when they are nearer to the back of the auditorium. Its so nice of you to have submitted your review and everyone here at the venue is very grateful and... More 

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32 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2015

Christmas show was absolutely fantastic, enjoyed every sketch, song and joke. The performers and costumes were of the highest caliber. A show to be enjoyed by all. Merry Christmas.

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Thank Soke33
BabbacombeTheatre, General Manager at Babbacombe Theatre, responded to this review

Dear Soke33 We are so grateful for the concise and generous comments in your 5 star review. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, we just love the fact that you had an enjoyable and memorable time with us! Kind Regards More 

Irthlingborough
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2015

The Xmas show was absolutely brilliant. Have not seen such a good show for years . The cast were fantastic and the comedians had us all laughing .

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Thank MaryC835
BabbacombeTheatre, General Manager at Babbacombe Theatre, responded to this review

Dear MaryC835 We are indeed thrilled that you had such an enjoyable time with us when you came to see the Christmas House Party. Thank you so much for your generous comments and 5 star review, everyone involved with the show, albeit it was some time ago now, would have been sent a link to be able to read it... More 

Torquay, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2015

We have visited the Babbacombe Theatre on many occasions and have not been disappointed. The variety shows are good entertainment and the special guests are always welcomed and supported by the locals. The theatre is old but the feel is welcoming and the staff are friendly. I would say to any visitors visit the theatre you will not be disappointed... More 

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BabbacombeTheatre, General Manager at Babbacombe Theatre, responded to this review

Dear Lynne B Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences of our venue on our TripAdvisor page. We are very grateful for your personal recommendation and your very complimentary 5 star review. Kind regards More 

Torquay, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2015

Babbacombe theatre is a local small attraction but huge on its staff helpfulness and the variety of shows.

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BabbacombeTheatre, General Manager at Babbacombe Theatre, responded to this review

Dear Yebbit Thank you very much for your kind words about our theatre staff, the theatre programme of events and for your 5 star review. We are most grateful to you. More 

LONDON
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137 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2015

We went to the Christmas show at the Babbacombe theatre and was pleasantly surprised it was very entertaining. There was a delightful 14 year old young girl with a beautiful voice and two comedians, one was outstanding and had us laughing until tears started rolling with his (true ?) stories. The other could give the appearance of Benny Hill especially... More 

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BabbacombeTheatre, General Manager at Babbacombe Theatre, responded to this review

Dear MAKANMAKAN. Thank you so very much for supporting our theatre, not only by coming along to see our show, but for taking the time to write such a lovely 5 star review with your personal recommendation. It means a lot to all of us involved with the production. We are very grateful as well as delighted you had a... More 

Exeter, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 December 2015

Considering there was no live band it was surprisingly better than I anticipated even if the comedy was old fashioned. That said, it worked so maybe we don't have to bow down to the PC brigade just yet. Steve was a good host, supported by a cast of super talented performers. The downsides were volume. If there is no band... More 

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BabbacombeTheatre, General Manager at Babbacombe Theatre, responded to this review

Dear Simon S. Always good to get feedback from a techy!! Sorry there appeared to be issues with the sound when you were in, not sure why it seemed so quiet, it isn't usually, albeit I hasten to add, we have bought some more microphones now so that may have played a small part? I love watching the dancers and... More 

Gloucester, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed this excellent variety show. All the artist were very professional and a very good time was had by one and all.

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BabbacombeTheatre, General Manager at Babbacombe Theatre, responded to this review

Dear Sheila S We are so pleased you enjoyed the show and the cast who appeared in the Christmas House Party. Thank you for taking the time to share your comments and 5 Star review, everyone involved with the venue are very grateful. More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 November 2015

As a regular visitor to Babbacombe Theatre when on holiday, I found it quite refreshing to see a change of headliners in this years Christmas Show. I thought that Steve Laister was the consummate professional and should be seen on television and Lindsey Collard's striking looks and connection with the audience was wonderful. Paul Fordham was equally as handsome as... More 

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BabbacombeTheatre, General Manager at Babbacombe Theatre, responded to this review

Dear Chris T Your support for the theatre is much appreciated by us all involved with the operation, thank you. Always nice to see a review from a regular! We are delighted you enjoyed the show and the performances of the cast. Thank you very much for your praise, kind words and 5 star review, it means so much to... More 

Torquay, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2015 via mobile

Little dubious about seeing a Xmas show mid November but so glad I did. Having been a fan of Steve Laister and Lyndsey Collards for a while I knew that this would be brilliant. So so funny with incredible singing and dancing from all the cast. Lilly Leight was just incredible and will be interesting to see what else she... More 

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BabbacombeTheatre, General Manager at Babbacombe Theatre, responded to this review

Dear Jockman1000 So pleased you enjoyed your time with us at the Babbacombe Theatre when you came along to see the Christmas House Party... in November. Have to say your comment there did make me chuckle! Thank you for taking the time to share your kind comments and review, all of us are most grateful. Incidentally we have Lindsey appearing... More 

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