The Minack Theatre, Penzance, Cornwall

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The Minack is an open air theatre set along the rugged Cornish coastline, whose stage commands a stunning backdrop of the ocean beyond, situated in the village of Porthcurno, near Penzance in Cornwall.

The theatre was the brainchild of British woman Rowena Cade, who from the age of 38 until just before her death at the age of 89, along with gardener Billy Rawlings and labourer Charles Angove, built a stage and a rough seating area by hand, in order to help out a local repertory company, as their regular venue had been a nearby field.

Rowena originally bought the picturesque, seaside location for just one hundred pounds during the 1920's in order to build a house there for herself and her widowed mother.

From 1929 until the theatre's first production in 1932, Rowena and her craftsmen cut granite and infilled terraces for seating by hand, at the bottom of her garden, in readiness for the production of Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' which on that first night was lit by way of car headlights, interior lights from her house and eventually, the moon.

The popularity of that first production spurred Rowena on to improve the garden site, eventually going on to build - still by hand and without any financial backing - an access road, a car park, a larger seating area and a ninety step stairway down to the arena, she even managed to bag a defunct, WWII gun post, to use as her first box office to replace the original one, that of her mother's kitchen table. 


                                                                          ROWENA CADE 1893 - 1983. 

Today the theatre is owned and run by a private trust, which as well as being a sought after tourist location in it's own right, puts on around 20 open air productions a year from the months of April until September, by way of several amateur dramatic societies, singers and story tellers.

Also situated on site is a coffee shop and The Rowena Cade Visitor Centre which houses an audio / video room, enabling visitors to see Rowena's amazing story about her self build theatre and giving the history of this most unique arts and cultural venue.

The word minack is Cornish for 'rocky place'.

For theatre bookings,dates and times, and to read more about Rowena's life's work, visit the theatre's website below. 

See below for a full list of the Minack's productions and seating prices for 2011.



ADDRESS: Porthcurno, Penzance, Cornwall.


TELEPHONE: 01736 810181.



                                                                                       2012 PRODUCTIONS.  



For Ticket Sales

Ring - 01736 810181.

Box Office - Monday - Friday - 10 AM - 4 PM.

Website -



APRIL 2012

Titanic the Musical - The Atlantic Theatre Company - April 6,7,8,9,12,13 + 14.

MAY 2012

Megavissey Male Voice Choir - May 5

Olympus the Musical - The Good Company - May 17,18, +19.

Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends - May 23 + 24. Sold Out.

Suzanne Vega - May 25 + 26. Sold Out.

The Tin Violin by Alan Kent - The Bish Bash Bosh Theatre Company - May 28 - June 1.


JUNE 2012

The Tin Violin by Alan Kent - The Bish Bash Bosh Theatre Company - June 1.

The Sound of Music by Rojers and Hammerstein - Kidz R Us - June 4 - 8.

The Twits by Roald Dahl - Illyria - June 11 - 15.

Peter Pan - by J.M. Barrie - The Central School of Speech and Drama - June 18 - 22.

The Importance of being Ernest - by Oscar Wilde - The Miracle Theatre Company - June 25 - 29.


JULY 2012.

Twelth Night - by William Shakespeare - The Moving Stories Theatre Company - July 2 - 6.

The Hypochondriac - by Moliere - The Newport Players - July 9 - 13.

De Fledermaus - by Johann Strauss - The Surrey Opera - July 16 - 20.

Cat Among the Pidgeons - George Feydeau - The Janus Theatre Company - July 23 - 27.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare - The Questors Theatre Company - July 30 - August 3.


AUGUST 2012.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare - The Questors Theatre Company - July 30 - August 3.

As You Like It - by William Shakespeare - The Winchester College Players - August 6 - 10.

The Book of Mirrors - by Stephen Thompson + Rob Wallace - The Hertfordshire Players - August 13 - 17.

The Return of the Forbidden Planet - by Bob Carlton - The Mitre Players - August 20 - 24.

David Copperfield - by Charles Dickens - The Tower Theatre - August 27 - 31.



The 39 Steps - John Buchan - The Romsey Amatuer Operatic + Dramatic Society - September 3 - 7.

Macbeth - by William Shakespeare - The Cube Theatre - September 10 - 14.

Ruddigore - by Gilbert + Sullivan - Cambridge University Gilbert + Sullivan Society - September 17 - 21.


                                                 Images courtesy of the Minack Theatre website and wikimedia commons. 

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