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An Open Air Experience at Minack Theatre

Perched on the rugged cliffs of Porthcurno in Cornwall, the Minack Theatre offers breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. This unique venue hosts a variety of productions, including plays, concerts, and film screenings.

Minack Theatre is renowned for its breathtaking setting. The theatre is built into the side of a sheer granite cliff, with the stage overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The audience is seated on tiered benches that cascade down the hillside, providing panoramic views of the sea and the rugged coastline.

The open-air nature of the theatre creates a unique and immersive experience. The sound of the waves crashing against the rocks, the salty sea breeze, and the starry sky above enhance the performances and create a truly magical atmosphere.

Minack Theatre hosts a wide range of performances throughout the year, including Shakespearean plays, musicals, and concerts. The theatre’s intimate setting allows for a close and personal experience with the actors and musicians.

The theatre’s acoustics are exceptional, and the natural amphitheatre design ensures that every seat has a clear view of the stage. The performances are often illuminated by the setting sun, creating a stunning backdrop for the productions.

Shows to watch

Little Shop of Horrors

27 May 2024 – 31 May 2024

Prepare to be captivated by ‘Little Shop of Horrors,’ a delectable fusion of sci-fi horror and musical brilliance. Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s electrifying score transports you into the tale of Seymour Krelborn, a hapless florist assistant who stumbles upon an enigmatic plant named Audrey II.

This ‘strange and unusual plant’ possesses an insatiable bloodlust that propels Seymour’s life into a whirlwind of fame and fortune. As Audrey II’s hunger grows, it demands a constant supply of human sustenance, enticing Seymour with promises of success and wealth.

Inspired by the early 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop, and Motown era, Menken’s music seamlessly weaves through the narrative. Iconic tunes like the title track, ‘Skid Row (Downtown),’ ‘Somewhere That’s Green,’ and ‘Suddenly, Seymour’ will leave you humming long after the curtain falls.

Sense and Sensibility: The Musical

17 Jun 2024 – 21 Jun 2024

Immerse yourself in a captivating new musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s timeless novel.

Austen’s astute observations and witty cautionary tale explores the pitfalls of emotional extremes, culminating in a triumphant and heartwarming conclusion. Surrey Opera premiered this enchanting musical in May 2023, bringing Austen’s beloved characters to vibrant life.

Join the Dashwood sisters on their tumultuous journey through Regency London and Devonshire. Witness Marianne’s impulsive romance with the enigmatic Willoughby and Elinor’s selfless sacrifice for Edward Ferrars. Their paths are intertwined with societal pressures, financial constraints, and unexpected revelations that lead to a satisfying and redemptive ending.

Prepare for a lively and colourful musical production that will captivate the entire family, showcasing the enduring appeal of Austen’s classic tale.

Theatre Under the Stars – Guided Tour

1 Apr 2024 – 26 Aug 2024

Embark on a captivating guided tour with Phil Jackson, a former Theatre Manager intimately connected with the Minack Theatre’s rich history. Witness the legacy of Rowena Cade, who carved this iconic venue into the Cornish cliffs.

Delve into the theatre’s remarkable resilience, enduring wartime challenges and financial crises to emerge as a global phenomenon. Learn about the awe-inspiring task of staging performances on this natural stage and the unexpected twists that nature sometimes throws into the mix.

Secure your spot on one of their exclusive Guided Tours, where headsets will enhance your experience. Each tour lasts approximately an hour and involves navigating steps around the theatre. However, some tours are accessible for individuals with limited mobility. For any accessibility concerns, kindly contact our box office.

After your tour, linger at the theatre to explore independently and visit the Rowena Cade Exhibition at your leisure. No additional tickets are required for this post-tour exploration.

Young Frankenstein

12 Aug 2024 – 16 Aug 2024

Get ready for a monstrously funny night at the Minack Theatre! The Mitre Players, creators of the smash-hit Broadway production ‘The Producers,’ are back with a wickedly hilarious reimagining of the Frankenstein legend – ‘Young Frankenstein,’ based on Mel Brooks’ iconic film.

Join the brilliant (and slightly eccentric) Dr Frankenstein (that’s Fronk-en-steen!) as he attempts to complete his grandfather’s groundbreaking work and bring a corpse back to life. With the help of his endearingly awkward assistant, Igor (that’s Eye-gor!), and his curvaceous, yodelling lab assistant, Inga, Frankenstein succeeds in creating a monster – but not without some hilariously scary complications along the way.

Expect over 20 catchy tunes, imaginative choreography, vibrant costumes, and impressive special effects as Mel Brooks blends elements of the classic 1931 film with his signature brand of anarchic, irreverent, and risqué humour. You’ve been warned!

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