The refurbished Babbacombe Theatre has been a valuable asset to the English Riviera for over seventy years having been renowned for wowing audiences with their highly acclaimed variety shows, most especially since 1986 when Colin Matthews took over the venue.
The credibility of this venue now reaches out across the world since being awarded with the Certificate of Excellence for 2 consecutive years on TripAdvisor . It also boasts being ranked between 1 and 3 amongst all the attractions in Torquay.
Now as CHRISTMAS is approaching and preparations begin for the most magical time of year, enhance this yuletide season with a visit to the theatre and book tickets for the all-new family variety show, ‘Christmas Stars.’ Music and humour in all its guises is what this show promises, including side splitting comedy sketches. With the comedic classics, hits of yesteryear and today all interspersed cleverly with Christmas number one hits and mesmerizing musical numbers, this show has pace and guarantees, “ you’ll be seeing stars!”
Christmas Stars offers a great opportunity for family and friends to step in to the spirit of the festivities, so it’s hardly unexpected that audience participation is encouraged. So put your best foot forward and step on down to see what promises to be one of the best shows in the region this Christmas at the Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay.
Our pledge is to continue with featuring up and coming artistes, within our own productions and we are sure you will agree we are showcasing a generation of STARS for the future. Over the past 15 years especially, many have gone on to achieve success in the West End, on Television, in Films and within the world of dance. In fact it’s fair to say they are performing all over the world - waving the flag for Torbay!
To see for yourself what is on offer at the Babbacombe Theatre contact the Box Office - 01803 32838.
A Brief History
Bands had performed during the summer on the site where Babbacombe Theatre now stands, however it wasn't until 1920 that a small bandstand was built. This was followed in 1935 by a larger structure with a canvas awning and although an improvement on the alfresco concerts, the inevitable wind and rain did its worst. In 1938 the Babbacombe Downs Concert Hall was built and it remained virtually unchanged for almost 50 years, until Matpro took it over.
The very first concert here was on the afternoon of 27 May 1939 with the Earnest Gross Municipal Orchestra and BBC Baritone John Steabben, followed that evening by the opening night of the first summer show, Cabaret Revels with tickets at 3/-, 2/- and 6d. The first Sunday concert on 4 June was broadcast live on the radio with Redvers Llewellyn.
With the advent of World War II it was not long before entertainment had to give way to more important uses and the auditorium became a lecture hall for the air crew trainees of the RAF, although during this period there were various shows including those by ENSA and the RAF Flying Training Command Band. This wartime use was commemorated with a plaque presented by the local RAF Association, now on display in the theatre foyer.
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