The Palace Theatre is a true community theatre for the English Riviera, set in the heart of Paignton , and is the oldest working theatre in Torbay, constructed back in 1890. It is owned and run by Torbay Council. The theatre has a seating capacity of 380. It has undergone a major refurbishment and it looks fantastic.
Tickets for the Palace Theatre can be purchased in person from the Palace Theatre, or by phoning the Box office on 01803 665800, or on line – just click the links by the show you’d like to book.
Palace Theatre and the Community
Friends of the Palace
The friends Of the Palace Theatre are 1,000 plus people who care for the Palace theatre and it’s future. They are dedicated to supporting the theatre by raising awareness of it’s place in the community by promoting its productions, and by raising funds for it’s continual improvement. The friends applauded the council’s decision to invest in the future of this wonderful theatre in 2005 and along with the friends, & English Heritage raised over £933,000 for the complete refurbishment of the venue to bring it into the 21st century. Some of the work involved in the refurbishment included
- Improved Disability Access
- Repairs to the roof and fabric of the building
- New raked enhanced viewing seating
- New temperature control systems including air handling
- Better Box Office facilities.
- Extension to the bar area
The friends maintain a presence in the theatre by meeting and greeting everyone who visits the theatre, they continue to develop the portfolio of the theatre by holding functions such as their monthly coffee mornings. Although the main refurbishment has now taken place there is still much more to do!
For more information on the friends then please contact Marion Smith on 01803 409617.
Paignton Pantomime Productions
Paignton Pantomime Productions is proud of it’s history and of all those dedicated people who, throughout it’s eighty years existence, have worked so hard to present a pantomime to the residents of Paignton and South Devon each Christmas. The following pages takes it’s readers from the “dream” of Jack Baker in 1935 to the present day. In order to present as comprehensive a picture as possible the Society would be indebted to any current or former members of PPP or readers of this site if they would contact us with any information, pictures or programmes of past pantomimes. Such information could be included in this history and this is particularly relevant to the sections leading up to the early 1960’s where there is less documentary evidence held by the Society. www.pantomime.org.uk
Doorstep Arts works in residence at the Palace Theatre, providing weekly drama classes for children and young people aged 4-25. They run 12 weekly groups – both six drop-in groups located at key doorstep sites across Torbay as well as six ‘Doorstep Arts Studio Courses’ based at the Arena in the Palace Theatre. They also run the Doorstep Theatre festival in April and October each year. A full timetable of weekly classes and more information can be found on their website: www.doorsteparts.co.uk
This is a weekly musical workshop group for people of all ages 14 upward, for all instruments and abilities. The workshop focuses on learning and playing traditional tunes from South West England and beyond, learning primarily by ear, although scores are provided as well.
Bijou Theatre Productions
Bijou Theatre Productions produce four productions per year. The Bijou is a Theatre Club that has an audience membership. You do not have to join to act, but you can join to watch. The aim is to promote good quality drama and provide community theatre.
Robert Owen Foundation (ROC)
Robert Owen Foundation Operates from within the Palace Theatre and is a creative platform for people to express their artistic side. Some of their work is now on display in the Theatre. Why not pop in and take a look at Torbay’s environment through their eyes.