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’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.
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.