Princess Theatre Torquay

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Torbay Road, Torquay TQ2 5EZ, Torquay


As the largest and one of the most important theatre venues in Devon, The Princess Theatre Torquay offers an impressive variety of entertainment including operas, ballets, comedy, concerts, musicals, pantomime and large-scale touring shows. For example, the Princess Theatre Torquay has hosted shows such as Chicago, The Blues Brothers, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Boogie Nights, Grease, Starlight Express, Sunny Afternoon, Little and Large, Jim Davidson and Get Some In.

Located on Torquay’s beautiful seafront, the Princess Theatre has a modern auditorium with excellent seating and views. You can make a day out of visiting the Princess Theatre, as it is close to the beach, the big wheel and many different places to eat and drink. While the Princess Theatre has changed hands several times, it is currently managed by the Ambassador Theatre Group, who are considered the world’s number one theatre company. Whether you are looking for smaller, more local shows or keen on seeing a world-class show, there is something for everyone at the Princess Theatre Torquay.

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Princess Theatre Torquay Seating

With a capacity of 1,491 seats, the Princess Theatre is the biggest theatre venue in Devon. Ticket prices vary depending on where you choose to sit in the auditorium.

Princess Theatre Torquay Seating Plan Map

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The Princess Theatre Torquay is divided across two levels: the Stalls and the Circle which both have different capacities and views of the stage.

Princess Theatre Seating

The Stalls

As by far the largest section of the theatre, the Stalls has a capacity of 1072 seats, meaning that it makes up most of the theatre and a variety of seats can be found in this section. 

The Circle

As the second tier of the theatre, the Circle is smaller with a capacity of 420 seats. 

Seating with Best Visibility

In the Princess theatre auditorium there are generally excellent views without many obstructions due to its raked seating. It is only at the very back of the Circle and the Stalls that there is any restricted viewing as you are further away from the stage.

  • Premium Seating: if you are looking for some of the best seats in the house, then these can be found in the front-centre of the Stalls and there are particularly exceptional seats towards the front of the Stalls in rows C-H which offers excellent views.  the Circle still offers excellent seats and particularly in the front- centre. 
  • Good Value for Money: if you are looking for cheaper tickets, then these can be found at the rear of the Stalls but you can sitll enjoy excellent views of the stage.
  • Discounted Seats: There are slightly cheaper tickets at the front and rear of the Circle but these seats still have little obstruction. 
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Princess Theatre Contact and Opening Times

Princess Theatre Contact Numbers

  • Telephone Bookings*: 0844 871 3023
  • Group Bookings: 0333 009 5387 
  • Access Bookings: 0800 912 6971 

*Calls cost 7p per minute, as well as your phone company's access charge.

Opening Hours

  • Monday to Friday: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Saturday: 10:00 - 16:00 

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Useful Information

Getting there

Cómo llegar a Princess Theatre Torquay

The Princess Theatre Theatre is located on the south west coast of Devon and is easily accessible by both public transport and car. The Princess Theatre address is:

Torbay Road, Torquay, TQ2 5EZ

  • Train: the closest train station to the Princess Theatre is about a 14 minute walk away.
  • Bus: there are several buses which stop close to the theatre, on Torbay road. These lines include 12, 22, 46, 60, 62, 100, 111, 122, and 149.
  • Car: with regards to the Princes Theatre Torquay parking, you can park on the road close to the venue. There is also parking available in car parks Shedden Hill, Marina and Fleet Walk.

Princess Theatre Accessibility

If you have any access enquiries or requests, please call the Princess Theatre access line on 0844 871 3023 (calls cost 7p/pm) or email Please book any requirements in advance because there is not always guaranteed availability. There are also access tickets available for patrons so please call the theatre beforehand to ask about these.

Getting into the theatre

The main entrance to the Princess Theatre is on Torbay Road and has 6 steps up to the main foyer. You can also use the ramp to the far right of the entrance which allows level access to the back of the Stalls. There is a drop-off point just outside of the theatre and access to parking spaces nearby.

Inside the venue

There is a customer lift inside the theatre which can be used to access all sections of the auditorium. The most accessible section of the theatre is the Stalls, which can be accessed by the alternative entrance to the far right of the main entrance. There are five wheelchair spaces in the Stalls and also transfers are possible. However, please let the theatre know beforehand if you want to do a transfer and also bring a companion with you.

The Circle is 22 steps up from the main foyer but this section of the theatre can also be accessed using the customer lift. There are handrails throughout the theatre and all steps are highlighted.

Staff are happy to help throughout your visit and navigate the theatre. There is also an at-seat service available for customers with limited mobility. If you require these services, please let a member of staff know beforehand. Unfortunately, there is no cloakroom in the Princess Theatre so customers have to keep wheelchairs with them throughout the performance.

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Princess Theatre Torquay History

The Princess Theatre Torquay first opened its doors to the public on Wednesday 7th June 1961. On the opening night, Tommy Cooper and Morecambe & Wise performed on the stage. It was originally built by the Torbay Council as a main part of the redevelopment of the Princess Gardens area on Torquay seafront. Since then, the theatre’s management has changed hands many times whilst it has always been under the maintenance of the council. The Princess Theatre was leased to the Apollo Leisure but it was then taken over by SFX and Clear Channel Entertainment. It was bought by ATG in 2009 who have managed the theatre up until now. Traditionally a seaside resort theatre hosting light entertainment and a variety of family shows. However, since 2002 the theatre has been hosting larger scales shows and touring musicals, making it a popular venue for both the holidaymakers and locals alike.

In 1963, the Princess Theatre famously welcomed the Beatles live on stage and they sang their recently released single “She Loves You” which was an extremely big and popular event. The Princess Theatre has also welcomed iconic figures such as Elaine Page, Joan Collins and Joan Rivers.  

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