Category Archives: Babbacombe Theatre

Babbacombe Theatre What’s On

Situated on the English Riviera’s beautiful Babbacombe Downs in Torquay, South Devon. Arguably Babbacombe Theatre is one of the most popular Theatres in the South West.

Colin Matthews has produced the highly acclaimed variety shows, whilst often showcasing the very best of rising new talent since 1986. His shows are renowned throughout the industry and across the country. As one of the South West’s only unsubsidised theatres, the thriving venue promises to ensure that the 2013 season will continue to offer the best programme of entertainment throughout the year, with something to suit all genres.


Unwrap the Magic at Babbacombe Theatre

As you start to prepare for the most magical time of the year with your family and friends, ensure you take in the traditional visit to the theatre & book tickets for the all-new variety show, ‘Christmas Stars’ at the Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay. The show promises, music & humour in all its guises. There will be comedic classics, interspersed with the hits of yesteryear & today all delivered by a talented cast with a pace, which will keep you enthralled & wanting more.

During the past two years, the theatre has been awarded with the prestige of being a Certificate of Excellence winner with Tripadvisor, & often achieves the number 1 ranking amongst the 33 attractions in Torquay represented on the site. The reason for the venues popularity, is quite simple, their highly acclaimed variety shows, never fail to ENTERTAIN YOU!

Christmas Stars opens on Wednesday Oct 30th with a matinee performance at 2.30pm & an evening show at 8.15pm. There are then weekly performances, which include Boxing Day and New Years Day.

Other shows that are likely to leave an impression during the lead up to Christmas are the Irish chart topping duo, Foster & Allen. Their ‘Ultimate Collection Tour” show will feature all their hits and is on the Friday 1st November at 8pm.

Families are in for a treat with the wonderfully loveable and just so slightly cheeky Theo The Mouse. In a show written by Wink Taylor (writer for both Sooty and Basil Brush), Magical Mayhem is filled to the brim with jokes, songs and magic. Curtain up is at 2.30pm on Saturday 2nd November.

The pioneers of Folk are in concert for one night only on Friday 15th November at 8pm, Steeleye Span; with Maddy Prior is a definite crowd pleaser

On behalf of the Torbay Dementia Action Alliance, The Military Wives Plymouth are performing a charity concert to raise funds to buy personal GPS Alert Systems. Did you know in Torbay alone about 50 people a month “Go Missing”, due to symptoms of Dementia? Buying and locally deploying the personal systems can cut this frightening statistic dramatically. You can help make a difference by supporting this event on Saturday 23rd November 7.30pm.

Finally the performing arts students from Coombeshead Academy will be on stage in their very own Pantomime on Tuesday 17th December, ‘ Oh yes they are!’ For more details at




Christmas Stars – 2.30pm & 8.15pm 4th & 11th,
2.30pm 18th, 12 Noon & 3pm 26th, 2.30pm 28th

17th      Aladdin 2.30pm


CHRISTMAS STARS Wednesday @ 12pm & 3pm


Babbacombe Theatre
Babbacombe Downs

Box Office
01803 328 385


The Bay City Rollers Story – Local Musician Si Mulvey returns to the Bay

The Bay City Rollers Story

In 1974 the world was to witness a new musical phenomenon the like of which had not been seen the days of Elvis and The Beatles. The music of the Bay City Rollers became the soundtrack for a generation of teenagers growing up in the mid 70’s. The face and voice of that soundtrack belonged to Les McKeown.

With Les leading the way, the band’s singles and albums shot to the number spot all over the globe. Massive hits such as ‘Bye Bye Baby’, ‘Shang A Lang’, ‘Summer Love Sensation’ and ‘Give A Little Love’ (to name just a few) propelled the band to world-wide superstardom and their trademark Scottish tartan was to be seen everywhere across the planet.

The Bay City Rollers Story is a celebration of those hectic days of Hit songs, Touring, TV Shows and the behind the scenes pandemonium that followed the band everywhere they went.

Renewed Les McKeown, has come through the extreme highs and lows of life’s great road and he is here to tell us all about it. All the hits songs are there and audiences are promised a fantastic night of fun and nostalgia as they take a trip back to those innocent days of growing up to the sounds of The Bay City Rollers.

The concert at the Babbacombe Theatre on the 4th October is a very special evening for the band as Les’s bass player Si Mulvey originally comes from Torquay.  Si has consistently been one of the great musicians to come out of the South Devon area.  Not only has he played regularly with Les over the last 10 years but also with The Osmonds and Dr & the Medics.  I have seen the Rollers play many times live and not only are they graced with some of the greatest songs every written they are without doubt the most highly acclaimed bands musically on the 70’s circuit.  I have spoken to Si recently and he can’t wait to come and play in front of his home town audience!

Tickets are selling fast so contact the Babbacombe Theatre box office for a night of great live music and nostalgic