Visitors to Torquay have for years visited the theatre, enjoying the delights of many a varied shows. By far the biggest and most popular theatre in Torbay is the Princess Theatre, which currently has comedian Rob Brydon appearing.
The Princess Theatre first opened its doors on Wednesday, June 7, 1961. Top of the bill on the opening night were the late, great Tommy Cooper and the legendary Morecambe and Wise.
The theatre was built by Torbay Council as the main feature of the redevelopment of the Princess Gardens area on Torquay seafront. The theatre replaced a marquee which was erected annually to house light entertainment.
Theatres in seaside resorts are traditionally known for their annual Summer Season consisting of light entertainment and family variety shows and Torquay is no exception. In the past the Princess Theatre has seen artistes such as Jim Davidson, Jethro and Jimmy Cricket making regular appearances. However Summer 2002 saw a change from the traditional line-up to a six-week run consisting of two West End musicals Grease and Chicago. Summer 2003 saw a similar offering, featuring the Blues Brothers, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Boogie Nights, with musicals proving to be a popular choice for the local people of Torbay as well as the holidaymakers. The same sort of program runs to this day, with the odd major solo star turning up for a sell-out show.
For more information check out the Princess Theatre website here