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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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Theatre Night on the Downs

This was well worth the money. Great performance by everyone. They all tried their hardest to please the audience. Great seats and fantastic location. We went to the Tuesday... read more

Reviewed 19 July 2015
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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226 reviews
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Reviewed 19 July 2015

This was well worth the money. Great performance by everyone. They all tried their hardest to please the audience. Great seats and fantastic location. We went to the Tuesday show and had a couple of drinks before the performance in the Babbacome inn which we eat in later in the week.

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

Dear John H. How nice to read that you managed to enjoy the hospitality of the Babbacombe Inn on your visit to the Bay. We are very fortunate to have so many wonderful pubs/restaurants/tea rooms that not only serve great food but offer a fabulous service, right on our doorstep! Your generous comments are also most welcome about the show... More 

Dumfries, United Kingdom
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207 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2015

When you are in the Babbacombe section of Torquay and are looking for a really enjoyable experience for all the family, then choose the Babbacombe Theatre which is located in Babbacombe Downs Road. If you choose to come to the theatre I would recommend the Stardust Variety Show on Wednesday night which is a really enjoyable show for all the... More 

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

Dear Rachael S. Thank you so much for coming to see our show Starlight, but most especially for your very complimentary review which included your personal recommendation to our family audiences. We are really most grateful for all your kind comments. It's always nice to know that our patrons have enjoyed their evening with us. I know Ben was particularly... More 

Derbyshire
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Reviewed 18 July 2015

Variety show is on Tuesday and Wednesday. Enjoyable night out. Full house which was nice but elderly audience. Acts were fine and costumes very good. Nice to walk outside at the interval and look at the sea.

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

Dear Rowan31. We are indeed most blessed to be set upon the glorious Babbacombe Downs and we enjoy panoramic views. We are very grateful for your kind words and 4 star review- it is rewarding to know you had an enjoyable evening with us when you came to see Starlight. We do cater for audiences of all ages and now... More 

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Reviewed 15 July 2015 via mobile

Went to watch this show last night best show in years all the cast was of a 5 star standard and was worth every penny and have to say Mr champagne improves with age just missed a bit of elvis

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

Dear Ceryskemp Thank you so much for your kind comments and 5 star review. The fact you say the show represents good value and you offer your personal recommendation is a bonus! I'm sorry you missed some Elvis, but I can confirm Wayne will be in our Christmas show doing some Elvis. We have him singing Return to Sender and... More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2015

First time to the theatre, we went there to see the Neil Diamond Story,it was well worth it, Bob gave 100% he sounded. like Neil Diamond but alas he didnt look like him,we had a wonderful time, and shall be returnin.

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Thank 934Sue
BabbacombeTheatre, General Manager at Babbacombe Theatre, responded to this review

Dear 934Sue. We are delighted you enjoyed your first visit to our theatre and plan on returning. Bob Drury most certainly put on a fabulous production and we do sincerely welcome having a review on our page for one of our touring shows. Thank you very much for your support, kind words and 5 Star review. We shall look forward... More 

Rugby, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2015

We went to see the variety show not expecting too much, we only got the tickets because some-one from the theatre came to our hotel selling them.It was a good show and the costumes were lovely, I know that it will be finished now but I am sure that all their shows will be the same standard.The theatre was clean... More 

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

Dear SheilaMac66. Thank you so much for your kind remarks about our venue. We are pleased when you visited last year you enjoyed your evening with us. Its nice you do make mention of how you found the theater and not just about the performance, which I believe exceeded your expectations? We like to think we can create a nice... More 

Torquay, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2015

Music of the Night with a cast of just 9 must be the best value for money in the Bay. Great costumes, wonderful staging, quick, witty, clean humour. Andy Oakley's versatility has to be seen to be believed, he is so funny, what a professional. Lily Laight is a beautiful dancer with a lovely voice. A real fun production.

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

Dear Sue C Wow, where do I start! Thank you so much for all your generous, comments, your 5 star review and your personal recommendation for our show, Music of the Night. Everyone involved with the show, which we also believe represents good value for money, is grateful for your support and observations. I know both Andy and Lily were... More 

Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
Reviewed 8 July 2015

Saw this show tonight,worthy of the West End,The whole audience gave it a standing ovation,A brilliant cast ,the show had something for everyone

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

Dear Colin W. All of us at the Babbacombe Theatre are grateful for your 5 Star review for the show Starlight! We are delighted you enjoyed your evening with us, thank you for coming along and supporting us. The fact you make mention of the show being worthy of the West End and the standing ovation at the close of... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2015

Absolutely fantastic show in a smashing little theatre, well worth the money as we were entertained from start to finish, brilliant!

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

Dear Donna T Thank you for coming along to see our show Starlight. Even more so though, I'd like to say how grateful everyone is at the venue for your fabulous 5 star review. We liked your comment which stated you were "entertained from start to finish". It means we have achieved what we set out to do - ENTERTAIN... More 

Torquay, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2015

Every time there is a new show I love to go to see it. The shows are as good as some shows I have seen in London, excellent content with very enthusiastic cast. Good voices, comedy and real value for money.

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

Dear Jennifer P. Thank you so much for being a consistent supporter of our venue. It's lovely for us to know we have a local lady enjoying our shows on a regular basis! We particularly appreciate your comment about your evening with us representing good value for money, and that you feel the shows are on par with what you... More 

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