Your guide to Palace Theatre Paignton: Entertainment since 1890

Your guide to Palace Theatre Paignton: Entertainment since 1890

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Take your seats as we pull back the curtain and share an insider’s guide on the much-loved Palace Theatre Paignton. If you haven’t been yet, this is sure to tempt you as we reveal how this theatre, established in 1890, is continuing to bring creativity and entertainment to the heart of Paignton, Torbay.

Watch this video and meet the people behind this new Community Interest Company and be inspired from words on the meaning of theatre from Damien Barber, Artistic Director at Breaking Tradition.

Built in the 1890, the Palace Theatre Paignton has always given back to the local community; whether that’s putting on incredible shows, hosting young creatives or helping with local events, the Palace is always there for the people of Torbay.

Since it first opened, the Palace Theatre has welcomed over a staggering 2 million people through the doors and the theatre currently hosts around 100 performances every year. This “grand old lady” has seen some major changes over the years.

There is nothing like a full house in this theatre. There is no experience like it. That feeling when the house lights go out and the curtain opens and the performance starts, you should be able to bottle it... if you could bottle it, that would change everybody’s lives.
— Maureen McAllister, Operations Director, Palace Theatre Paignton

The most recent being the set-up of Community Interest Company (CIC), Jazz Hands, who have taken on the huge task of running this historic theatre. The dedication, creativity and commitment from this new team is awe-inspiring with everything and all profits bring re-invested into the Palace Theatre to benefit the community on its doorstep. The programme is evolving also, with literally something for every taste; reasons aplenty to keep going back!

Keeping somewhere like the Paignton Palace Theatre thriving, keeping it going, bring in acts from 200 miles away... if you don’t have that everything is going to get very, very stale.
— Damien Barber, Breaking Traditions Artistic Director

Palace Theatre Paignton have a constantly evolving and packaged programme of plays, musicals, dance, comedy, family shows and talks. Check out some of these in our latest Go See This! guide and check out their full upcoming listings on their website. Tickets are really reasonable from as little as £8 and you won’t be disappointed!

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