Theatre boss Colin hoping for a magical 35th anniversary

Joseph Bulmer

Colin Matthews is hoping his 35th anniversary running the Babbacombe Theatre will turn out to be a happy one.

2021 may not have started as he would have liked with the doors closed and the stage dark.

But live performances will be returning soon as Covid restrictions are eased and everyone involved with the theatre is hoping patrons old and new will join them to ensure that the 35th anniversary will be magical and memorable.

Colin says there have been many highs and lows since he saved the theatre from closure and it’s now deja vue.

He says: “The irony is that this last year is a repeat of my first year in 1986, in so much as that was also a financial disaster. Hopefully, we can bounce back again with the help of the local community, businesses and the hotels who have always supported us in the past.”

The venue’s own emergency fund and a campaign on Crowdfunder has helped to cover some costs during the closure.

To ensure the future, the theatre is pinning its hopes on its second application for a grant from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund being successful after the disappointment of losing out with the first application. Audiences will also need to again make their way through the doors to secure the future.

Tuesday May 18 will see the opening of the reworked show SuperStars, that will run every Tuesday and Wednesday until October 20 and on June 10, I Love Music will grace the stage every Thursday until October 7.

Other shows on this season’s programme includes Jim Davidson’s Last Man Standing 2021 tour, Tim Vine’s Plastic Elvis, Merrill Osmond, G4, David Baddiel and Bingo Revolution. For 2022 the season kicks off with more comedy favourites which include, Jason Manford, Ed Byrne, Nish Kumar, Omid Djalili and Gyles Brandreth.

Details and bookings online whilst the theatre remains closed go to

The Box Office will re-open on Monday May 10 for telephone enquiries and bookings and the venue will open to the public again from Monday May 17. Telephone: 01803 328385. For enquiries prior to those dates email,