The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno

Minack Theatre Seating

Minack Theatre Seating

One of the world's most famous open air theatres, The Minack Theatre to the west of Penzance (around a 20 to 25 minute drive) is spectacularly situated in the cliff face overlooking one of Britain's best beaches, Porthcurno Beach. Panoramic views of the coastline from this theatre on the headland are truly spectacular. A summer season of plays run from May to September featuring a mix of classic drama, music and opera in what has to be one of the world's most beautiful settings for a theatre! Ample free parking is available adjacent and the open air theatre is open daily for self-guided tours. Pretty sub-tropical gardens, a souvenir shop and The Minack Cafe with magnificent views are also on-site.

Rowena Cade, the inspirational woman behind The Minack Theatre

Rowena Cade, the inspirational woman behind The Minack Theatre

Rowena Cade's Minack Theatre

The Minack Theatre is largely the work of one woman's perseverance to establish a community theatre. Carved into the cliffside, the theatre's construction was a 'labour of love'. Find out more about Rowena Cade (1893-1983), the woman with a background in theatre costume design who built The Minack Theatre, in the excellent Rowena Cade exhibition within the theatre complex. Performances were first staged here in the 1930s, and these initial performances included regular Shakespeare plays, a traditional which continues on at The Minack Theatre today.

Daytime visits to The Minack Theatre

Daytime visits to The Minack Theatre

Where to Stay

A selection of beautiful coastal cottages and stylish apartments near The Minack Theatre cluster around the Porthcurno, St Levan, St Buryan and Sennen areas, putting you just minutes from the theatre, ideal for performances or daytime tours. Penzance is a mere 20 to 25 minutes from The Minack, with other convenient locations including pretty fishing village Mousehole just 15 to 20 minutes away, Lands End and Sennen only a 10 minute drive and St Ives around 45 minutes from the theatre.

Accommodation near the Minack Theatre

  • Penzance   (6.2 miles from the centre of The Minack Theatre)
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    Beautiful country estate near Penzance. Four stunning en-suite rooms each named after a famous poet. Breakfast included in price. Camp bed provided for children. Free Wi-Fi.
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  • Penzance   (7.0 miles from the centre of The Minack Theatre)
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    £30
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    Family run, Victorian era Penzance hotel offering good food and comfortable accommodation within an easy walk of the seafront. Internet access available.
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  • Newlyn   (6.2 miles from the centre of The Minack Theatre)
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    £262
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    This lovely, ground floor holiday property overlooks Newlyn Harbour and sleeps two people in one double bedroom.
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  • Newlyn   (6.5 miles from the centre of The Minack Theatre)
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    £321
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    Contemporary two bedroom Newlyn holiday cottage set close to the beach & attractions. Free nearby parking, laundry facilities, private courtyard. One dog welcome. Short breaks.
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  • Sennen   (2.9 miles from the centre of The Minack Theatre)
    Sleeps 3
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    £260
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    This ground floor apartment is located close to Land’s End, and just a short distance to the beautiful white sandy beach of Sennen Cove which is popular with surfers and where y...
     
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  • Sennen   (3.3 miles from the centre of The Minack Theatre)
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    Only a 250-yard walk from the beautiful sandy beach of Whitesand Bay, this charming little row of three delightful and comfortably furnished holiday cottages commands magnificen...
     
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  • Sennen   (3.3 miles from the centre of The Minack Theatre)
    Sleeps 4
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    £420
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  • St Just   (5.4 miles from the centre of The Minack Theatre)
    Sleeps 5
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    £424
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    This beautifully converted Cornish granite barn, finished and equipped to a high standard, is situated in a peaceful rural hamlet on the edge of the pretty Cot Valley. It is clo...
     
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  • Penzance   (6.9 miles from the centre of The Minack Theatre)
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    £35
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    Victorian townhouse B&B in Penzance centre close to the promenade and ferry services. Family run with all en-suite rooms and pets welcome by arrangement.
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  • Pendeen   (7.6 miles from the centre of The Minack Theatre)
    Sleeps 4
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    £415
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    Stanhope Cottage is tucked away in a peaceful location just minutes from the magnificent coastal path, with mining history on the doorstep. Extensively renovated, the holiday co...
     
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