There’s something truly special about outdoor theatre in Cornwall. This summer offers a plethora of choices for open air theatre performances in stunning locations at some rather unusual venues. Here’s our round up of the best outdoor theatre Cornwall has to offer. Pack a picnic and enjoy the entertainment as the sun goes down…
Kneehigh Theatre – The Dancing Frog and Kneehigh’s Ubu (various dates in August & September)
Kneehigh Theatre never fail to delight with their innovative performances that win the hearts of children and adults alike. For the summer of 2019 they make a welcome return with the Asylum, their purpose built nomadic theatre space but this time to Carlyon Bay. There are two shows to choose from: Kneehigh’s Ubu (a roof-raising stark-raving sing-along satire) and The Dancing Frog (based on the classic children’s book by Quentin Blake). Shows run on selected dates in August and September 2019 – check the Kneehigh website for full details.
Miracle Theatre – A Perfect World (various locations, 8th June – 24th August)
Miracle Theatre has been producing wonderfully inventive outdoor theatre for over 35 years. This summer, they’ll be touring across Cornwall with their production of A Perfect World – a brand new action-packed adventure following a feisty young woman as she ventures into a ‘Boy’s Own’ world of undiscovered jungles, treasure maps, campfires and penknives. Performances take place throughout June, July and August in atmospheric outdoor spaces such as Tregrehan Gardens St Austell, St Mawes Castle and Enys Gardens Penryn.
Rogue Theatre’s Wild Woodland Summer Ball
Rogue Theatre‘s performances in Tehidy Woods are an immersive experience for the whole family, guaranteed to engage kids of all ages combining a walk into a magical world in the woods, vivid imagery, live music, breath taking dance and theatre with beautiful storytelling.
This summer from 6th August to 1st September join them for two very different stories about the sea: Sea Queen (each day at 2.30pm) tells the tale of a pirate circus, love, and adventure across the seven seas – a story about following your heart, mermaids, witches, and the mythical Sea Queen. Night Voyage (each day at 7.30pm) is dark, fiery and atmospheric and is suitable for brave hearts young and old – a tale of courage, hope and fearless love, wild humanity, darkening skies and rising tides, a tale of heroes and monsters. Tickets via CRBO box office – book ahead to avoid disappointment!
Sterts (various shows and dates)
Located on Bodmin Moor, Sterts is a unique tented amphitheatre which seats up to 400 people. With a range of in-house shows and performances by visiting theatre companies, plus comedy, music, poetry and dance, there’s plenty to choose from. Check out their schedule of children’s theatre for summer 2019.
The Minack Theatre (various shows & dates)
A visit to the Minack Theatre is an unforgettable experience. Hewn out of granite and overlooking the sea, this is one place where the view might just rival the action on stage – especially if there are dolphins in the bay.
There’s a wide variety of performances between May and September, including children’s shows during the day. Make the most out of your trip to by combining a visit to Minack with an afternoon on Porthcurno beach, a walk along the coast path or a visit to the award-winning Porthcurno Telegraph Musuem.
While some shows sell out early, it’s sometimes possible to pick up returned tickets at the last minute. For some performances you may be able to buy tickets on the door. We recommend checking with the box office or online before you make any plans.
Top tip: It can get cold as the sun goes down, especially in exposed venues such as the Minack. Go prepared and take extra layers or blankets to snuggle up under.
Book a late summer break at Bosinver
Tempted? We’ve still got availability in some of our cottages for selected weeks in September and short breaks also available – ideal for catching a performance and making the most of the late summer sun.