Minack Theatre

Minack Theatre

The Minack Theatre is Cornwall's world famous open-air theatre, carved into the granite cliff and set in glorious gardens overlooking the spectacular panorama of Porthcurno Bay. From above it looks as though some wandering Greeks, two thousand years ago, had carved a theatre into the granite cliffs of Porthcurno, Cornwall. In fact, it was just under eighty years ago that there was nothing there except a sloping gully of gorse and heather and below that, the sea of the Atlantic Ocean.

The summer theatre season runs from May to September presenting drama, musicals and opera in this most dramatic of settings. Day visitors can explore this world famous open-air theatre created from a cliffside at Porthcurno by Rowena Cade.

The sub-tropical gardens have become an established favourite, especially for gardeners with a taste for the exotic. The succulent plants thrive on the open cliffside providing an added dash of colour to the Minack all year round.

The Rowena Cade Visitor Centre tells the remarkable story of how a girl from Victorian era Cheltenham grew up to build this internationally famous Theatre with her own hands. Visit during the day, explore and relax in our cafe, overlooking the Theatre and soak up the magic that is Minack.

From the start of April to the end of September, the theatre is open to day visitors from 9.30 until 5pm, except during ticketed matinee performances on Wednesdays and Fridays, and children's story telling performances which are usually on Tuesday and Thursday mornings during school holidays.  Matinee performances start at 2pm and evening performances at 8pm.

For a full programme of events and opening hours check the website.

Dog Friendly
Accessible

Facilities

  • Parking
  • Toilets
  • Educational Visits available
  • Group Visits available
  • Restaurant/Cafe
  • Shop
  • Sea views
  • Beach within 2k

Accessibility

  • Disabled parking
  • Disabled toilets

Tickets / Price Guides

Ticket Type Ticket Price Ticket Details
Adult £4.00 Day time visit (no performance)
Adult £9.50 Performance theatre ticket
Child £0.00 11 and under - day time visit (no performance)
Child £2.00 15 and under - day time visit (no performance)
Child £5.00 15 and under - performance theatre ticket
Concession £3.00 Seniors day time visit (no performance)

Opening Times

Open all year

09:30 am - 17:00 pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday,

1 April to 30 September

Directions

The nearest rail and bus stations are in Penzance. Take the 1A bus to Porthcurno.

Follow the B3282 from the A30 to Porthcurno. The Minack is signed on brown and white tourism signs from the A30 at Catchall and Lands End.

The Case of The Frightened Lady

Mon 23 – Fri 27 June 8pm + 2pm matinees Tues/Thurs Miracle Theatre kicked off their 35th year in style this spring, by revisiting one of their most popular productions to date.

The show, which has 2 dates remaining, has been a huge success with audiences gripped from start to finish. 

“A BRILLIANT production! Our faces were ‘aching’ from laughing & smiling so much” Audience comment

Originally produced in 2005, this much-loved production toured across the South West, delighting audiences of all ages and winning the Minack Trophy along the way. 

“We wanted to do something quintessentially ‘Miracle’ to celebrate our 35th anniversary” said Bill Scott, founder and artistic director of Miracle “and, of the forty plays we have produced over the years, The Case of the Frightened Lady is definitely an audience favourite”.

It’s 1932 and Edgar Wallace, the Fleet Street editor widely known for his hugely popular and successful whodunnits, gets a desperate call from his publisher. With only a weekend to produce a new novel, the unfaltering Wallace leaps into action.

The Case of the Frightened Lady is a very clever and funny account of the antics of the Wallace household as they flit dizzyingly between reality and fiction, inventing storylines, devising dialogue and arguing over the final denouement. 

“Much of the show’s humor was discovered during the rehearsal process”, explained Bill, “so it’s really exciting to have all the original cast members back together again: in the nine years that have elapsed they have all matured as actors and this is bound to result in even richer characters.  By revisiting the play again we’re looking forward to taking this cocktail of physical foolery, Cole Poteresque songs and witty one-liners to a whole new level! “

Catch this show while you can for its remaining performances at The Minack (23 to 27 June) and Golowan Festival (28 June) dates. 

Running time 2 hours plus interval. 

Suitable for a family audience of all ages.

 

Awards

Cornwall Tourism Awards 2011 - Gold

South West Tourism Gold Award 2012

Location

Porthcurno Cornwall TR19 6JU

What’s nearby

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