Discovering Cornwall: the Minack Theatre

Actors performing at the outdoor Minack Theatre in Cornwall whilst an audience watches

The Minack Theatre is one of Cornwall’s best-loved visitor attractions, and it’s not hard to see why. The opportunity to watch an open air performance in one of the most dramatic settings in the world is not to be missed.


Carved from the granite cliffs overlooking Porthcurno, the Minack Theatre was a labour of love for its creator, Rowena Cade. Although it looks as though it could have been there for centuries, it’s actually just over 80 years old. You can read more about its fascinating history on the Minack website.

Performances are put on between April and September, and take place in all but the most severe weather. There’s a huge range to choose from each year, including a range of adaptations of well-loved books such as Peter Pan and David Copperfield, classic Shakespeare, musicals and operatic performances. The season concludes with Proms at the Minack.

The cafe serves a variety of good value food and drink, or you can bring your own. Many people arrive early to soak up the atmosphere and have picnic before the show starts.

Daytime visits and children’s shows

If you don’t have the time to spare for an evening performance, you can visit in the day. Explore the theatre and uncover the the story behind it by visiting the Rowena Cade exhibition.

There are also a range of children’s shows/storytelling mornings which will delight younger family members.

Top tips: Get there early if you can and spend some time relaxing on Porthcurno beach, walk the coast path, or visit the excellent Telegraph Museum. Don’t forget your layers – even if it’s hot in the day, it soon cools down in the evening!


Getting there

The Minack Theatre is 20 minutes’ drive from Penzance. There’s a large, free car park for ticket holders. The postcode for SatNavs is TR19 6JU

It’s also possible to get to the Minack by public transport – First and Western Greyhound run services from Penzance.

For more information, or to book tickets, call the Box Office on 01736 810181.

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