Please be aware that the wonderful show 'Starstruck' has now ended. The show was in production throughout the Babbacombe Theatre 2016 season and is now no longer being staged and, therefore, can no longer be attended. In order to provide the audience, with an ever-changing line up of talent and variety the team at Babbacombe Theatre are committed to producing new shows every season. This policy, along with all of their other shows, provides you with an entirely new theatrical experience each year you attend.
This page exists to primarily inform you of a past production you may, or may not, have seen and is for archival purposes only. For information regarding this season's amazing 2016 Christmas Production appropriately entitled 'The Magic Of Christmas' please click on this 'Magic Of Christmas' link which will take you directly to the Babbacombe Theatre website where you will discover more information regarding the show and also be able to book tickets to this amazing festive production. Clicking on this 'Theatre' link will give you a taste of the many delights that are waiting in store for you when you attend the theatre in 2017.
You may also be interested to know that if you were unlucky enough not to have seen 'Starstruck' during the theatre's 2016 season - or even if you did but would just like to relive the moment again - then do not despair, as a nicely presented DVD of the show has been produced by the Babbacombe Theatre and is available for purchase at the theatre foyer or by post. For further details please scroll down to the lower section of this webpage. The following narrative has been reproduced from the show souvenir programme.
This spectacular production at the Babbacombe Theatre was entitled Starstruck and, with it's celestial line up of performers, promised to be an awe inspiring spectacle certainly not to be missed. Every year this quaint and bijou little theatre excels itself with performances encapsulating levels of theatrical professionalism seldom witnessed outside of the grand metropolis: with musical extravaganzas exquisitely produced, directed and choreographed by Colin Matthews, Pete Leonard and Georgia Lee, ultimately setting a standard by which other theatre productions are judged - and could only ever dream of emulating.
This year's outstanding seasonal production entitled Starstruck, which triumphantly took to the stage every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9th February to 19th October, saw this highly respected and finely seasoned production team reuniting once again, in what can only be described as triumvirate synergy, as they brought together, for your ultimate enjoyment, such celebrated performers as Andy Oakley, Ben Nickless, Paul Cobley, Dean Winters, Eloise Cole, Dance Chique and the star of many an amazing Babbacombe Theatre production, Torquay's very own pop, opera sensation, Keedie.
With such an outstanding production team operating behind the scenes, seamlessly correlating with an equally impressive cast performing out front, you cannot fail to be mesmerised by this season's vibrant production and, as the company at the Babbacombe Theatre are committed to producing new shows every season, who knows what theatrical delights 2017 will bring. But whatever this fine theatre has in store in the future there is one thing on which you can always rely. With Colin, Pete and Georgia's unsurpassed experience, unrivalled vision and meticulous attention to detail, you will always be sure of an entirely new theatrical experience each and every season you attend: and what more can you possibly ask for than that.
In a time where celebrity culture seems to be what inspires people nowadays, social media is definitely the place to air your thoughts and have your say. And in a world where sharing ‘selfies’ has now become the norm, who would have thought that an experience such as traditional variety theatre could still be regularly generating five star reviews: with outstanding comments such as, “If you only see one show this year - then make sure it is this one”. That was my favourite sentence from one of the newspaper reviewers last season.
This year, 2016, will mark my 30th year at the Babbacombe Theatre, and I remain as enthused now as I did when we first opened way back in in 1986 - where my ultimate intention was to keep variety alive, albeit nowadays it is as much about receiving regular ‘online’ reviews, ‘check ins’, ‘hits’ and ‘tweets’ and reaching out across cyberspace as it is about the actual show itself.In this digital age, ‘Starstuck’, has a cast that promises side-splitting comedy along with powerful vocalists delivering dynamic songs and elegant dancers who remain endlessly energetic whilst performing to entertain you, up close and personal.
This season Andy Oakley is the headlining act and he is bound to have you sit up in your seat and take notice! His hilarious tales and comedic antics will take you to places far beyond the Babbacombe boards and do you know, you won’t even have to use your Google Maps app to get there. Also appearing, and always on trend, is Ben Nickless who is bound to leave a marked impression with this seasons show goers. Throughout his performance Ben will be utilising some of the most downloaded pop sensation's biggest and most recognisable hits: performing over 30 songs as many voices delivered in his uniquely humorous style.
A profile that will be instantly recognisable to regular visitors will be that of the diminutive, cheeky and highly acclaimed comedian, Dean Winters. He enjoys partaking in mischief, which includes some very funny original material that never fails to connect with the crowds. And then we have Keedie, who is as adept at interpreting a pop song as she is the most opulent of arias. Listening to her sing, the ordinary suddenly becomes extraordinary - and even more so when she is joined on stage by Paul Cobley, a firm favourite with the venue's audiences. Having appeared at The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and also at the prestigious London Palladium, Paul is no stranger to the West End, or, for that matter, to the patrons here at our very own Babbacombe Theatre, having charismatically performed in many outstanding productions.
With in excess of over a billion hits on You Tube, it’s essential that the vocalist performing one of the most recognisable hits in recent times has the star quality, and ability, to sing high end pop. And we are delighted, therefore, to welcome to the Babbacombe Theatre, Eloise Cole. Simon Cowell was definitely impressed by this young lady and in this season's show, she will no doubt equally engage with all of you too! Also, optimising every show tune, Motown hit and classical song will be Danze Chique. They have an adept ability to interpret the content set by choreographer Georgia Lee with flair, whilst also engaging with the musical arrangements of Pete Leonard - as do Kidz & Co, who cordially invite you to, ‘Be Our Guest’.
I hope everyone of you enjoys your theatre experience with us here at the Babbacombe Theatre and please feel free to visit and add your comments on Facebook or Twitter or even on Trip Advisor or our very own Babbacombe Theatre website. I may have been here for thirty years but reading your accounts of your time spent watching my productions enables me to keep abreast of what you, the audience, want to see. Without you, this theatre would simply not be here. Therefore, on behalf of everyone involved in this season's production of Starstruck, may I thank you for your support and for attending the Babbacombe Theatre. It is because of your support that we can keep theatre, here on the English Riviera, alive and well.
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There has been an absolute abundance of amazing entertainers appearing at this quaint, and delightfully bijou little theatre over the years - with international superstars along with resident performers such as Phil Lowen, Paul Cobley, Dean Winters and sensational singing star Keedie to name just a few gracing the annals of its celebrity seasoned interior. And this year's rollicking extravaganza is no exception as Colin Matthews, Pete Leonard and Georgia Lee's spectacular production of Starstruck takes to the theatre's stage.
This season's star studded cast includes Ben Nickless who, after having much success in talent shows, and several seasons as a bluecoat, became a professional comedian in 2003. Ben is also in great demand working alongside stars such as Christopher Biggins and Su Pollard and not forgetting, of course, none other than David Hasselhoff. Another star of this seasons fine production on the Babbacombe Theatre stage is the many talented and all rounder Paul Cobley, who is no stranger to the world of entertainment after having played roles in many notable productions such as Danny in Grease and in Oliver, the role of Fagin.
Also appearing is vocalist, musician and comedian Andy Oakley who has been in the business for over thirty years. Andy has appeared in many fine productions here at the Babbacombe Theatre including many acclaimed Christmas Shows. His friendly and relaxed style is always a sure fire winner with any audience and his personality will always leave you wanting more. And then there is theatre regular and all round entertainer Dean Winters, who started out as a Red Coat at one of Butlin's fun filled holiday camps. Dean is known as 'The Little Man With The Big Personality' and with his extensive comedy talents matched only by his amazing vocal ability, he can insert his act into any production - making it appear to fit just like a glove.
Which brings us on to two amazing performers Keedie and Eloise. Keedie, of course, is also a theatre veteran and no stranger to the Babbacombe boards. She first appeared at the Babbacombe Theatre in her own show 'For One Night Only' in 2009 and later returned as a special guest judge for Torbay's Got Talent. Keedie has topped the charts with the song I Believe My Heart, which she was asked to perform and duet with Duncan James, from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical The Woman In White. More recently, in February 2015, Keedie auditioned for the BBC TV show The Voice where she performed the song Titanium.
Alongside Keedie is Eloise Cole, who has been performing professionally as a vocalist since 2001. During 2009, as part of the all female group Killer Heels, she reached boot camp on The X Factor. When the band folded she teamed up with a fellow member to create Allure who, in 2010, received the runners up title in The Babbacombe Theatre's 'Torbay's Got Talent' show. And last, but very definitely not least, we are extremely delighted to have in our midst an amazing troupe of dancers who go by the name of Danze Chique. Ten fabulous girls who are sure to set the night on fire with their breathtaking performance and, of course, the youngest members of our line up 'Kidz And Co' - destined without doubt to be stars of the future.
If you attended this amazing show and would like to relive the occasion again in the comfort of your own home, or if you are unable to attend the show but you don't want to miss out on this amazing spectacular altogether, then worry not for the whole performance has been digitally recorded by the good folks at Babbacombe Theatre and is available to purchase as a nicely presented DVD for just £13.50 including postage and packaging. So if you would once again like to enjoy the delights of this outstanding production featuring performers such as Andy Oakley, Ben Nickless, Paul Cobley, Dean Winters, Eloise Cole and Keedie then you may do so by contacting the Enquiries Department of Babbacombe Theatre either by telephone on 01803 322233 or, alternatively, by post, by directing your enquiry to Matpro Ltd, at the Babbacombe Theatre, Babbacombe Downs, Torquay, TQ1 3LU. If you're paying by cheque then please make cheques payable to Matpro Ltd. You may also make enquiries regarding DVDs of previous shows that have ended such as 'Spellbound' or 'Fantasy.'