Babbacombe Theatre
Babbacombe Theatre
5
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
A valuable asset to the English Riviera the Babbacombe Theatre in Torquay, is renowned for wowing audiences with their highly acclaimed family variety shows, performed with professional casts, throughout the year. ‘Fabulous’ is the word most used in reviews on TripAdvisor, Google and the venues social media pages for their annual seasonal shows. For details about all the shows programmed for 2024 at Devon’s Number 1 theatre (as rated by TripAdvisor), including the current production, Fantazy; please refer to the venues website. The theatre has access for wheelchair users with an accessible toilet, wheelchair spaces & Loop System.
Duration: 2-3 hours
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
What is Travellers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travellers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travellers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.

Top ways to experience nearby attractions

See what travellers are saying
  • Sheila S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Light up your evening with Stardust!
    I saw the Stardust show last week with a party of people on a coach holiday excursion. The show was really excellent and very professional, well up to West End standards, which we had not expected. The compere was funny and had some original, slightly risque but never foul mouthed jokes and had us all in stitches! The soloists sang and danced brilliantly as did the dance troupe and there were some amazing routines plus a delightful item involving a few talented local children. Altogether a great night of variety entertainment with some slick sketches. Highly rated and recommended for feel good factor!
    Dear X8525QSsheilas Thank you so very much for ALL your generous comments! We are thrilled you had such a memorable evening with the cast of Stardust recently. We really value your personal recommendation too, your support is appreciated by all of us involved with the venue and this show. Kind regards Babb Theatre
    Written 1 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 July 2023
  • Alihoop
    Torquay, United Kingdom13 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stardust Summer show. 2023
    This show is fast moving colourful with great singing and dancing. Steve laister the compare and comedian holds the show together, creating a warm, friendly environment and raucous laughter with some of the sketches. Everyone within our group of 42 really enjoyed the evenings entertainment. Another success for the owner, Colin Matthew's.
    Dear Thehoopsies Thank you so much for joining us, I am assuming this is not your first visit as you make mention of, "another success". You have paid us so many compliments in your lovely review, and we are thrilled you and all our group enjoyed your evening with us. Your support continues to be much appreciated by all of us involved with the venue! Kind regards Babb Theatre
    Written 2 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 July 2023
  • Chris H
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You must see “Stardust” at Babbacombe Theatre, Devon.
    Our hotel, Howden Court hotel arranged tickets for us one evening. A coach was provided to collect us , take us to the Theatre and bring us back, all inclusive. The performance by a small company of about 15 was a really first class experience. A comedian, magician in the Tommy Cooper mould,3 excellent singers and a dance company including 4 youngsters are superb . Go an d see the show. It’s called, “ Stardust”. A fantastic evening, a variety show worthy of the West End, what more could you ask?
    Dear U4567VIchrish We are very grateful for your many very generous comments and 5 star rating. It's very rewarding for us to know how much you enjoyed your time with us and everyone here appreciates your support! Thank you. Kind regards Babb Theatre
    Written 24 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Elaine D
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    All round 5 star entertainment
    Wonderful little theatre ! Great shows on a regular basis, but the variety show STARDUST is brilliant. The compare Steve Laister is wonderful. Hits all the right notes whether it’s comedy or singing, he manages to take the audience with him, and involve them in a way I haven’t seen in years. Supported by excellent singers, dancers and even a Tommy Cooper like magician. A great variety of 5 star family entertainment.
    Dear D1047DJelained You are very generous with your comments in this review and we are grateful for every single one of them! THANK YOU Its rewarding to read how much you enjoyed your time with us. Your support is much appreciated Kind regards Babb Theatre
    Written 24 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 16 August 2023
  • Yvonne M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    STARDUST MAGIC
    If you want to have the best 2/3 hours of your life then go and experience STARDUST. I am not a huge fan of the theatre but this show changed my opinion. It was brilliant from start to finish, the cast were amazing and the host was so funny. Lovely dancers, especially enjoyed their version of the riverdance at the end of the show. If you never go to the theatre again please visit this show first, guaranteed to be the best laugh you have had for ages.
    Dear yvonnemZ323FS So many amazing comments, thank you! The fact you came was super, as you are not a usual theatre fan, and its rewarding for us to have a convert because of this production, that makes all of us so happy. Your support is very much appreciated and we hope that one day we may have the opportunity to ENTERTAIN yu again Kind regards Babb Theatre
    Written 24 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 August 2023
  • Richard
    Westgate-on-Sea, United Kingdom6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Old School Summer Show
    Excellent , “feel good factor” show. So glad we got to see it. Every body was brilliant but The River Dance section was truly exceptional. The court room farce was worthy of Morecambe and Wise!
    Dear Cruiser38779701202 Such lovely comments, thank you we are most grateful for your supporting us with the review, but more importantly with your custom! Kind regards Babb Theatre
    Written 24 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Lisa
    Torquay, United Kingdom136 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great evening at babbacombe theatre
    I attended the Babbacombe theatre 29/07/23 with my family (all adults) to see the makings of a murderer with Scottish detective, David Swindle. Upon arriving, we were a little early, so we waited outside for the doors to open. When we got in the staff were all so helpful and kind, couldn't do enough to help us. They swiftly helped us to find our seats and also informed us of the consession shop at the front if we wanted to go over to get something to drink or some snacks. We had just had dinner before so we opted not to get anything else. But it was very busy and people seemed to be able to get a really good selection of drinks and treats and they brought them back to their seats. The seats are plush but could do with a little more leg room. However, they do give you a good intermission time to get up to stretch your legs, pop to the toilet or get more snacks when the consession shop reopens so its not too bad. We really enjoyed the show, the sound and lighting was great to get the full experience and it was easy to exit when leaving. The staff were again, very friendly, saying goodbye to everyone and wishing everyone a nice evening and safe travels home. The car park is really close to the theatre so it really makes up for it not having its own one. It is in a great location, lots of places to eat and drink at beforehand if you fancy it, a beautiful walk along the promanade before or after the show to take in the sea views and enjoy the pretty lights. We live local and have not been before. We will attend again!
    Dear LyricRemix Thank you so much for your very comprehensive review, with so many lovely comments included. We are thrilled you enjoyed your evening with us and David Swindle. Something a little different for us and definitely the evening was quite fascinating! Your support is much appreciated by all of us here at the venue Kind regards Sharon
    Written 17 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 August 2023
  • Jean H
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Great Night Out !!!
    We just got back to the Hotel after a wonderful evening at Babbecome Theatre watching the show called Stardust. It was briliant, they should all be applauded, each and every one of them. They work so hard, we laughed and sang with them from start to finish.
    Dear P6495SIjeanh We love all your comments and want to thank you for your supporting us with not only this lovely review and 5 star rating, but with your custom. We appreciate you joined us whilst you were here on holiday and we love that you loved your evening with us Kind regards Babb Theatre
    Written 17 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 September 2023
  • MrsY
    Gloucestershire, United Kingdom2,081 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A gem of a place
    What a lovely venue ! Perfectly positioned on the cliff is the beautiful babbacombe theatre. Well presented and friendly staff. It’s size and layout makes me think you would have a good view from any seat. We saw a fleetwood mac (bac) tribute band who were very good and it looks like they have regular good shows here. Opposite some hotels and pubs and a short walk from town also. The bar is more of a tuck shop but sells alcohol - most drinks are in cans and wine is in pre made up glasses. Superb place and evening, would actively look up shows to return.
    Dear BecciGlos So many kind words, Thank You so much, we are most grateful for every one of them. We also really appreciate that you plan on returning to see other shows with us and we sincerely hope that your next visit will be just as enjoyable for you. Fleetwood Bac are a really amazing band and they always put on a great night of quality entertainment! We do count ourselves very blessed that we are situated in such a gorgeous part of the Bay, and we appreciated you made mention of our situation also. Kind regards Babb Theatre
    Written 17 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 September 2023
  • Granbo21
    Ramsbottom, United Kingdom15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Evening Out for all the family!
    We went on a recommended evening out by our coach tour company. It was very reasonably priced and a fabulously entertaining show which had everything - comedy, singing, dancing, magician and excellently funny sketches! Would highly recommend a visit to any family member and it is a very reasonably priced evening out - thank you to all the performers!
    Dear Granbo21 We are delighted you joined us and the cast of Stardust, whilst holidaying locally. Thank you for your patronage and your lovely comments and 5 star rating, we are most grateful! Kind regards Babb Theatre
    Written 17 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 October 2023
These reviews are the subjective opinion of Tripadvisor members and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as waiting time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

5.0
5.0 of 5 bubbles1 560 reviews
Excellent
1 332
Very good
169
Average
38
Poor
9
Terrible
12

BourneFreeSussex
Eastbourne, UK19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Offered tickets for Starlight at a group rate, one of the best decisions of our holiday was to visit the theatre to see Starlight. Lots of singalong songs, lots of dancing and my favourite, lots of seaside humour modern and traditional.

The cast could not be faulted and some two and a quarter hours after the show started we left and were still laughing at some of the gags.

The theatre is tight, a typical English seaside theatre, and to that end, and with so many people arriving at once, it was almost impossible for the staff to deal with eveyone coming in.

I'd recommend the show and the theatre to anyone who wants a good fun evening out.
Written 28 February 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Dear BourneFreeSussex, Thank you so much for joining us and we are so pleased that you were all left entertained and laughing your evening away. We work hard to ensure our beautiful 1930s building remains a historic marvel to visit keeping that traditional theatre experience captured for all who visit us. We are pleased to see that although a bit of a rush at the start you enjoyed our amazingly talented cast of 2022 in their show STARLIGHT. We do hope you had an amazing holiday and do hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards Babbacombe Theatre
Written 7 June 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

madw0manash
Torquay, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We visited the Babbacombe Theatre last night after a late decision, and thankfully we did! What a great night and a fabulous all round show. Can’t believe it was the first night as the whole show was slick and very professional. The dancing and singing was excellent with so many costume changes that it left you wondering how they managed to execute it all. The whole show was held together by the very talented and superb Mr Steve Laister who has you laughing out loud. He’s not a bad singer too!
If you are staying in the area, this is one show not to miss! Thanks for a great night all.
Written 12 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Dear madw0manash Thank you so much for deciding to come along on our opening night! We are delighted you enjoyed your evening with us. On behalf of everyone involved with the show, SuperStars, I'd like to say how very grateful we are to you for all your generous comments, your personal recommendation and 5 star rating, but above all for your custom and support. Kind regards Babbacombe Theatre
Written 11 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Tracey S
West Bromwich, UK23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Family
Went as a family of 4 ( 2 adults and 2 children 13&11) to watch superstars at the babbacoombe theatre last night. Absolutely amazing and hilarious really completed my holiday to Devon. This is a must while your in Devon. The dancing singing and comedy was brilliant and all the cast did amazing. I would definitely recommend this and the bonus was if you paid on the door and not online children were free so we only paid for the 2 adults, so £44 in total worth every penny.
Written 2 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Dear Tsyrett, Firstly, we hope you had an amazing holiday. Thank you for making us a part of your memories. Secondly, thank you for a wonderful review. We are so pleased to hear that you all enjoyed the show and hope if you are ever down this way once again we can welcome you back through our doors. Kind Regards Babbacombe Theatre
Written 10 May 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

sylvia marley
Sheffield, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
i saw tuesday and thursday shows both very different absolutely 10stars comical professional and unbelievable value for money its a must when you visit Torquay will see the wednesday one in july fantastic well done everyone Maria all the staff. well managed with covid restrictions transport there and back included. great atmosphere.
Written 26 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Dear sylviam987, Thank you for your 5 or should I say 10 star review. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed both of our shows and hope to see you again very soon for our new 2022 shows STARLIGHT and DONT STOP THE MUSIC. We hope to have you once again leaving our Theatre singing, dancing and laughing away. kind regards Babbacombe Theatre
Written 28 April 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

kettleman2013
Torquay, UK117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
If you are going to have a break in Torquay this summer then you must go and see ‘Superstars 2021’ at the Babbacombe theatre. We went to see the show on the 18th May. It was a fantastic evening well spent. This is the third time we have seen SuperStars, twice before the lockdowns. All the cast were brilliant and as far as I am concerned this was the best of the three shows. Steve Laister was on top form with up to date material that had the whole audience laughing. The singers, Paul Sami-Jane Lindsey and of course Wayne were great and funny in the sketches (despite some cock-ups). The dancers were excellent. I would also like to say a thank you to all the people behind the scenes that enable this show to go on. All in all this was a great evening and will recommend it when we can. And of course Covid compliant so nothing to worry about. We are now looking forward to the other summer show ‘I love Music’
Written 19 May 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Dear Kettleman2013 Thank you so so much for this wonderful review and all your generous comments. We are all very grateful for your continued support!!!! Kind regards Babbacombe Theatre
Written 6 August 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

colinhilaryburnett
Torquay, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
If you’re looking for a evening of entertainment then this is definitely the place to go. Set in a beautiful location this lovely theatre is clearly well managed & run with passion & a genuine love for the performing arts. We enjoyed a fun filled night of entertainment watching Superstars 2021 & would thoroughly recommend a visit. So good to see live performances again!
Written 27 May 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Dear colinhilaryburnett It was with great delight, we were able to read back your wonderful review. All your very complimentary comments are so lovely and the fact you also gave us your personal recommendation means a lot to everyone involved with the venue. Thank you so much for your support, it means a lot! Kind regards Babbacombe Theatre
Written 7 September 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Caroline M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
The opening night of ‘ I love Music,’ was a tremendous evening of entertainment.
There was a fantastic range of pop and show music, across the decades. The singing and dancing were outstanding. The versatile comedian and compere gave us many laughs and seamlessly brought the whole show together. This show is suitable for the whole family and is seaside entertainment at its very best. It runs every Thursday evening during the summer 21 season.
Written 19 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Dear I2163TJcarolinem, Thank you for your review, we are so very pleased that you went away entertained. We pride ourselves on making family fun entertainment for everyone to enjoy, we hope you went home singing and dancing. Kind Reagards Babbacombe Theatre
Written 28 April 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Chris W
Torquay, UK19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Our third visit to the lovely Babbacombe Theatre resulted in another fantastic evening of entertainment. The show Starburst was just that, a burst of stars from start to finish. The pace of the show was extraordinary, switching from classic ballads backed with talented professional dancers, to tongue in cheek comedy and back to a themed stage set which again allowed the dancers to shine. The whole evening was hosted by Steve Laister, a very funny man! Babbacombe Theatre is a very traditional seaside venue, well worth the visit as the effort which goes into the stage sets, costumes, scripts and welcome is quite obvious. Will definitely be back, well done to one and all.
Written 27 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Dear R9708YCchrisw Thank you so much for joining us again this season, albeit the show is SuperStars this season, LOL, we all get the titles muddled too :) We are so very grateful for your continued support and pleased to note that you will be joining us again. All your very generous comments and 5 star rating is appreciated by all of us involved with the venue, thanks again. Kind regards Babbacombe Theatre
Written 30 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

aprilvic1
Stoke-on-Trent, UK39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Solo
The best little Theatre in the Bay I come annually every year.this years In house shows Superstars and I love Music just wow Superstars featured a very talented cast of performers who gave their all and gave us all some great songs dance and comedy with fabulous costumes.even tho they could only have half the capacity in due to current restrictions the audience gave them huge applause and we were glad to see live Variety back on stage where it belongs.their second show I love Music was another fabulous show with lots of well known songs mixed in with some not so well known the Andrew Lloyd Webber section with a scottish themed take off was as always a popular choice esp for me as he is my favourite composer.all singers gave their all and entertained us all so brilliantly I loved Thank you for the Music it was an apt song choice given the current situation because Thank you for the Music the songs your singing thanks for all the Joy your bringing who can live without it I ask in all honesty what will life be without a song or dance what are we so I say thank you for the Music for giving it to me.🎶🎤and give it to us all you did with such enthusiasm and joy.
Live Theatre is back the Curtain has risen and the stage lights are shining once again🎭 and long may it continue see you all next year unless I can revisit again later in the year.
Written 19 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Dear aprilvic1, Thank you firstly for coming along and joining us 2021 while things were certainly different to what we saw as normal but also for such an amazing review of the shows you came to see. It was a great relief to have our curtains come up once again and see all of your amazing faces laughing and singing away. We very much hope to see you again this year for our new shows STARLIGHT and DONT STOP THE MUSIC in 2022 Kind regards Babbacombe Theatre
Written 28 April 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Robert V
Torquay, UK30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
With everything that has been going on around us, and in the world right now, it was such a delight, and 2 Hours of pure escapism, to go to see STARLIGHT at the Babbacombe Theatre Last Night.

From the moment the Curtain went up, a receptive audience was treated to an extravaganza of wonderful entertainment. The Show
headed by the very funny and versatile Steve Laister, always extremely hilarious routines, and a great host for the evenings show. The Amazing Vocals and comedy of Paul Cobley, Wayne Champz Chapman (Martin), @Holly Cosgrove, Lindsey Collard, and not forgetting the Beautiful Dancers Danze Chique, Wonderful Routines and Costumes, and Kidz & Co, 3 cute children who were amazing as well.

This Show is Buzzing from start to finish, and should NOT be missed.

Congratulations to @Colin Matthews, for another brilliant production.

The Show is on Every Tuesday & Wednesday Evening, Until the 19th October. Doors Open 7:30pm - Curtain up at 8:15pm
Written 28 March 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Dear Robert V, THANK YOU so so much Robert for your amazing review. We completely agree with all of the above (obviously) but wow thank you we really appreciate all of your support and do hope you'll visit us again soon for another magical wonderful hilarious evening of entertainment. Kind Regards Babbacombe Theatre
Written 7 June 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 1,556
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

BABBACOMBE THEATRE (2024) All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

All Torquay HotelsTorquay Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in Torquay
All things to do in Torquay
Amusement Parks in Torquay
RestaurantsFlightsHoliday HomesTravel StoriesCruisesCar Hire