As you might expect of a famous seaside resort, in Torquay and Paignton the tradition of seaside theatre is still alive and kicking. We have three theatres providing a wide choice of live entertainment from classic variety shows, to stand up comedy and touring stage shows of West End hits and more.
Travel further afield and both Exeter and Plymouth offer even more choice for theatre lovers. If it's the silver screen you're after, then Torquay is currently waiting for the opening of a new multi screen complex in Union Street which will be the biggest in Devon.
Princess Theatre, torquay
The new kid in town, the Princess Theatre first opened its doors in 1961 with an all star extravaganza featuring Tommy Cooper and Morecambe & Wise. And even the Beatles have graced its stage! Today it still plays host to many big names and offers a wide choice of entertainment including many excellent tribute acts.
Torbay Rd, Torquay TQ2 5EZ
Palace theatre, paignton
The grand dame of Torbay's theatres, the Palace opened in 1890. Considerably more intimate than the Princess in Torquay boasting just 380 seats to the it's Torquay sister's 1,500. It is open all year with an exciting and varied programme of live music, drama, comedy, variety and celebrity appearances. Needless to say Agatha Christie plays are always a popular item on the bill!
Palace Avenue, Paignton, Devon, TQ3 3HF
Independently owned, the theatre which originally opened in 1939, has over the years had its ups and downs, but under the management of it latest owner has seen a revival in its fortunes. It offers what could be called classic seaside variety shows to audiences who come from far and wide to see a company who give it all they've got night after night. Ranked as the no.1 thing to do in Torquay on Trip Advisor it most certainly lives up to the expression 'That's entertainment!'
Berry Pomeroy, Totnes TQ9 6LJ
Little Theatre, Torquay
If 'am dram' floats your boat there's much to recommend the Toads Company at the Little Theatre. Based in an old church just around the corner from the hotel, they have a prodigious output for an amateur theatre company with shows changing regularly.
St Marks Road, Torquay TQ1 2EL