Outdoor theatre in Cornwall - what's on this summer

Minack Theatre | Cornwall | Porthcurno

Head off for an afternoon or evening of fabulous outdoor entertainment taking place at one of Cornwall's magnificent outdoor theatre locations this summer.

The Tempest Shaken and Stired - various locations + dates throughout the summer
Miracle Theatre is back in Cornwall with Bill Scott liberally appllying Miracle’s offbeat and humorous style to this classic Shakespeare play. Take a trip with Miracle into uncharted waters and find yourself wrecked on a treacherous shore, beset by moon calves, puppy-headed monsters and apes. Locations include Tremenheere Gardens, near Penzance, The Old Vicarage, near Hayle and Pencarrow House and Gardens, near Bodmin and lots more.

Far from the Madding Crowd – Minack Theatre, Porthcurno 21-25 July
Set amongst the cliffs in Porthcurno, Cornwall, the world famous open-air Minack Theatre brings to you Thomas Hardy's classic tale of love, tragedy and betrayal - Far from the Madding Crowd. It's brought dramatically to life in this haunting new adaptation by Mark Healy and this production successfully fuses vivid storytelling with live folk songs and humour in a dynamic ensemble setting.

Cuckoo's Nest - Carruan Farm, Polzeath 27 - 31 August plus 16 - 31 August
This summer Footsbarn Theatre return to their Cornish home, Polzeath. The big top will be pitched once again at Carruan Farm as audiences are invited to discover the wonderful world of magic in the Footsbarn tent.

A show for all the family with Footsbarn’s own unique brand of comedy and music they will be tickling your imagination and touching your heart, with their own joyful twist to Ken Kesey’s cult novel, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Romeo and Juliet - Pentillie Castle,  St Mellion 31 July 
The Lord Chamberlain’s Men return to the enchanting Pentillie Castle to present Romeo and Juliet. A tale of two opposing households, whose son and daughter defy their parents and fall passionately in love, sacrificing everything to be together… this is the most famous love story in the English language. Hot food is available at Pentillie Castle for its theatre visitors, please bring low backed seats or picnic blankets to sit on.

The Giants of Cornwall - Penlee Park, Penzance 3 August
Trebiggan Productions are back in 2014 with a new puppet show following the success of The Beast of Bodmin Moor. The Giants of Cornwall a story about two Cornish friends who find a magical map …then suddenly they meet all different types of giants from Trebiggan – Gogmagog They move across Cornwall meeting some friendly Giants who want to help there quest, others are not so helpful and are quite scary…we all know giants like to eat children!!!  What will happen and will you be able to help?

Oh what a lovely war - Minack Theatre, Porthcurno 4-8 August
This award winning play is described as a theatrical chronicle of the horrors of the First World War. It is, at one and the same time, a hugely entertaining show with popular music hall songs of the period and a backbone of telling wit and, by contrast, a very moving judgment on the futility of war. Within that mix we are treated to a warm and compassionate account of the life of the ordinary soldiers who gave their lives by the millions. One minute you will be singing along to familiar songs and the next you will shed a tear at the sights and sounds of the cruellest of wars.

The Sea Show - Penlee Park, Penzance 9 August
The Sea Show is a quirky and hilarious mix of puppet show, natural history and comedy cabaret. Meet crazy characters like Morwenna the ‘beautiful’ mermaid, Ruan the reformed seagull and salty seadog Captain Pemburthy, as well as a cast of mischievous sea-squirts, anemones, limpets, crabs and pilchards.

A Midsummer Night's Dream - Minack Theatre, Porthcurno 11-15 August
Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company, winners of Best Production at the Minack in 2011 with “Much Ado About Nothing “ return with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Set against the 1950s, with a glorious sound track ranging from big band to rock and roll, beautiful and outrageous costumes and a company of zany characters will bring this most loved of Shakespeare’s plays to life. 

With a wealth of quirky characters and a plot to make your head spin with theatrical magic. . . this is a fresh and original production that will make the cliffs of Cornwall rock with laughter and delight.

Robin Hood - Pentillie Castle, St Mellion 28 August
Enjoy a children’s performance of this medieval tale, and follow Robin Hood and his Merry Men in their adventures. Will they defeat the evil Sheriff of Nottingham and Prince John, and rob the rich to save the poor? Bring along a picnic or enjoy the hot food available in the stunning grounds of Pentillie Castle and its garden.

GOGMAGOG V. Corin the Intergalactic Giant Slayer - various venues + dates throughout the summer

Tracing their roots back to the siege of Troy, the Pirates of the Dream Goddess have crash-landed their gleaming spacecraft in Kernow.

Heading up this press-gang of cosmic-smugglers is Cap’n Brutus. He is rounding-up a bunch of unsuspecting refugees to help him make his dream come true; before you know it we will all be sailing off through space-time to colonise an uncharted planet.

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