Princess curtain to rise after 509 days in the darkness

Joseph Bulmer

The lights are finally being switched back on at Torquay's Princess Theatre after 509 days in the darkness.

And the seafront theatre is promising a 'The Shows Will Go On' extravaganza after the Covid-19 Pandemic shutdown.

Audiences are being welcomed back with an impressive reopening season including West End hits, concerts and family favourites.

There also plans to give the 'Local Heroes' of the pandemic including blue light workers some extra 'TLC' with ticket promotions, with details to be confirmed.

The theatre opens on August 7 with Adam Kay’s This is going to Hurt show.  Adam is a former NHS boy himself and does a lot for the NHS.

Theatre director Annie Masson said: "We can’t wait to open our doors and welcome audiences back. This period of closure has really highlighted how important culture and creativity are to our everyday lives, and how valuable that live experience of theatre really is.

"The Princess Theatre has a phenomenal programme to reopen with, including Adam Kay, The Play That Goes Wrong, Paloma Faith, Chicago and School of Rock. Families can enjoy Fireman Sam and for the ultimate whole-family experience our pantomime Cinderella returns at Christmas.

"We also celebrate the return of our price promise tickets and the introduction of our Local Heroes scheme – saying thank you to the real heroes of the pandemic with special tickets for our blue light workers.”

Also showing at the Princess will be Jane McDonald (August 23), Fisherman’s Friends (September 26), Riverdance (November 26 and 27).

The theatre will have strict entry protocols.

Upon arrival, all members of a party over 18 must demonstrate their COVID-19 status in one of the following ways:

Full vaccination (first and second dose), and with the second dose administered at least 14 days before the visit, demonstrated via the NHS COVID Pass on the NHS App, via the downloaded status from the NHS website or GP letter; or

A negative lateral flow test taken within 48 hours of the visit, demonstrated via the NHS COVID Pass on the NHS App or via an NHS text/email; OR

Proof of natural immunity (positive PCR test within the last six months, after self-isolation has ended and up to 180 days after taking the test). You can all demonstrate this via the NHS COVID Pass on the NHS App.

Ambassador Theatre Group venues are now operating a contactless ticketing system.