Cornwall

Minack Theatre

Carved into the side of a rocky cliff, this unique theatre puts on open-air productions during the spring and summer.

A Whimsical Dream Becomes Reality

In the 1930’s, a woman named Rowena Cade had the unusual idea to build an open-air theatre into the side of a rocky Cornwall cliff. With the help of her gardener, she carved the granite boulders into a ringed semi-circle, much like the theaters of the ancient Greeks. The Minack Theatre’s first performance was in 1932, and it still hosts performances to this day.

A Working Theatre

The theatre’s season typically runs from May through September. Visitors will find everything from dramas to operas on the Minack’s stone stage, and tickets are only £5 per adult! Past performances have included Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, the hit musical Oliver!, and Gilbert & Sullivan’s classic operetta The Pirates of Penzance.

The Minack’s breathtaking location alone draws many visitors. Behind the stage lies a stunning view of Porthcurno Bay, and the sub-tropic gardens that surround the space are both unexpected and lovely. The Minack is one of Cornwall’s most valuable artistic treasures.