TEL:01736 810694 Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Penzance, Cornwall TR19 6JU
10am - 4pm. Closed when a show is in progress. See website for details.
Minack comes from the Cornish 'meynek' meaning stony or rocky place. The Theatre is set amongst the cliffs on a rocky granite outcrop jutting out into the sea. More than 80,000 people a year come between May to September to see a show in this truly spectacular open air theatre. The setting is so stunning it is almost as if the Greeks carved a theatre here into the rocks thousands of years ago.
In actual fact it was Rowena Cade who was responsible for building the theatre. She came to live in Cornwall after the First World War with her mother and built a house on Minack Point. A group of local village players staged Shakespeare's A Midsummer Nights Dream in a nearby meadow in 1929. Rowena offered the use of her garden for the following production of The Tempest as it was beside the sea. Together with her gardener, Miss Cade made a rough terrace for seating and the production was a great success. From then on, for most of the rest of her life, she improved the theatre over the winter months so that other performances could take place here. She never received a penny for what she did, but gave the theatre over to a Charitable Trust, when she died in 1983 at the age of 89.
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