Starlight

Reviews for Starlight – including WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

STARLIGHT ***** PAUL LEVIE Herald Express

Another glittering production from the cast of the Babbacombe Theatre ushers in a burst of summer sunshine in the dark days ahead.


For a couple of hours, funny man Steve Laister and his talented team transport you to a time when summers were non-stop gaiety and fun.  And this was especially so with the introduction of some nostalgic favourites such as Dame Edna Everidge and the Two Ronnies – brought bang up to date by producer/director Colin Matthews.

As always with Matthews’ productions, Starlight makes the most of true talent, glamour and versatility to always fill the stage to bursting, despite a compact cast.This was never more obvious than in the closing act of the first half that produced not one, but two terrific Tina Turners in the shape of vocalists Lindsey Collard and Holly Cosgrove belting out ‘Simply the Best’ But that’s not enough for the Babbacombe Theatre.  Oh no.  They then went on to produce another THREE Tina Turners in Steve Laister, Wayne Martin, and Paul Cobley.  Hilarious.  Then another SIX Tina Turners in the shape of sexy dance troupe Danze Chique.
And then blow me down, another THREE mini-Tina Turners in the shape of the captivating little ‘uns of Kidz and Co.  Absolutely stunning.  How on earth does Colin Matthews come up with these ideas?

The secret to the winning formula is the sheer quality of all four leading vocalists, cemented by Steve Laister’s comedy genius. Many of the audience go back to Babbacombe year after year to be royally entertained.  But the shows are always fresh, always topical and always better than the one before. This is one of the funniest shows they have ever produced, but also one of the most glitzy and glamorous with stunning costumes and precision choreography.

Do yourselves a favour.  Forget the war if just for a couple of hours.  Forget Covid.  Forget the cost-of-living crisis.  And have yourselves your very own Partygate!

"Starlight" Does Not Disappoint. David Evitts for RIVIERA FM

I've always enjoyed the season-long shows at The Babbacombe Theatre, and this year's Summer offering, "Starlight" did not disappoint. From the moment the curtain went up, it was obvious that the audience were in for a top rated evening of music, comedy, and enjoyment.

All of the cast were exceptional from the host Steve Laister, all the way through the main cast members, the dancers, and the exceptionally cute "Kidz and Co.", who are definitely great talented for the future.

Non stop entertainment, with amazing costumes, wonderful songs, and hilarious comedy. I loved every minute, and will definitely going back for another look.

More reviews across the worldwide web. Tripadvisor - thank you Sheila R.

Non stop fun , song and dance. What a treat , I can throughly recommend Starlight and the Babbacombe Theatre … The fun cast kept the show going with laugh out loud jokes , very charming dancing and lots of popular songs … it didn’t dip for a moment .
( Very comfortable seats as well )
A show to lift your spirits , well done everyone involved .

EMAILED TO THE VENUE - Recently while on holiday with GB tours and staying at the Headland Hotel we had the pleasure of visiting your theatre for a variety show on Wednesday 23rd Feb.

My reason for contacting you is to congratulate you and all the people involved on delivering such a splendid performance.

Rarely have I seen such a show full of energy and enthusiasm, the mix of comedy, song and dance especially provided a truly rounded professional and thoroughly entertaining and most enjoyable evening.

Once again, a big thank you to all at Babbacombe Theatre for a great night, good luck in the forthcoming year.

Kind regards, Dave N

GOOGLE - ***** Leesa V. Absolutely loved our visit, Starlight is a superb show, well worth the entrance fee, stunning mix of dances, singers, comedy, well done on cheering up the audience from a dull 2 years of covid!!!

***** Steve B. This Theatre puts on superb shows, I fully recommend going to see Starlight before it finishes in October

TRIPADVISOR - ***** BorneFreeSussex, One of the best decisions of our holiday was to visit the theatre to see Starlight. Lots of singalong songs, lots of dancing and my favourite, lots of seaside humour modern and traditional.

The cast could not be faulted and some two and a quarter hours after the show started, we left and were still laughing at some of the gags.

I'd recommend the show and the theatre to anyone who wants a good fun evening out.

***** Margaret F. Had a fantastic evening. Haven’t laughed that much for ages, in fact it made our holiday. Thank you to everyone involved.

*****RCBabe. Absolutely fantastic show. Don't miss a brilliant opportunity to see one of the best variety shows in the South West. Laughed so much my face and sides hurt. Costumes amazing, singers fabulous, jokes really funny, dancers really good. Everyone one of the cast on top form. Can't fault it at all. The best 2 and half hours in a long. Well done. Really impressed. Thanks for a fantastic evening

FACEBOOK - Susie L. A great big thank you for the wonderful performance last night on my birthday. It was absolutely brilliant and faultless. Great voices comedy dancing etc. Such professionals and superb choreography absolutely magnificent ..so so funny haven't laughed for ages like that .. brilliant and faultless

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