Minack Theatre, Porthcurno

Minack Theatre, Porthcurno

The Minack Theatre

Date Posted: 1 Nov 2022

It’s hard to beat the Minack Theatre’s incredible setting and fascinating architecture. Granite, with concrete seats, perched on the edge of the cliffs above beautiful Porthcurno Beach, this open-air theatre is the ideal spot for Shakespearean dramas and family-friendly shows alike.

The Minack was created by a woman with vision, Rowena Cade, and the first performance happened over 90 years ago in 1932, lit by batteries and car headlamps.

Given its dramatic location, entry to the Minack Theatre is at your own risk as the site is steep and includes many steps. It is open to the elements, however there is access for wheelchairs and disabled visitors to the top levels, toilets and a balcony with great views over the theatre and the bay. While watching a show is the best way to get the full Minack experience, you can also book a theatre visit to enjoy a trip to the theatre and appreciate the truly sensational location.

On a sunny day, the place is absolutely awesome with a mesmerising turquoise sea below. Dolphins, basking sharks, and seals have all been spotted, along with a variety of sea birds. The flora and fauna have helped settle the place into its coastal environment, with which it is totally sympathetic and in keeping.

Down at Porthcurno Beach, as the huge waves roll in with an offshore blowing back the spray, rainbows often develop, a mind-blowingly magical sight which is almost super-natural.

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Minack Theatre, Porthcurno

Minack Theatre, Porthcurno

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