St. Levan, Penzance
Porthcurno, St. Levan, Penzance, Cornwall TR19 6JU
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Opening EVERY DAY
except Christmas Day and Boxing Day
November 1 to March 15 2008
Daily: 10.00am to 4.00pm (last entry 3.30pm)
March 16 onwards
Daily: 9.30am to 5.30pm (last entry 5.00pm)
18 reviews of Minack Theatre in English
Such a magical place. The sunny weather made it feel like the Mediterranean and the location with it's sea & beach views was just perfect. The design is such that the theatre appears to be an actual part of the cliff........
A theatre, carved into the granite on the edge of a cliff, with a few rows, forming an open-air ampitheatre.
Definitely one of those places to go to in the UK, even if you are not into theatre, just because of its amazing surrounding. Set over a cliff right on the South West corner of the UK, the views are just stunning.
I will have to say that it took my breath away, although I know it sounds corny!
I went to watch William Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost on a summer night, which added to the magic of the moment.
There is a nice little cafe in the entrance, where you can stop to buy a homemade sandwich or sweet treat from the area. I would recommend to drink something hot as it gets chilly in the evening, even in a hot day in summer.
I wondered at first why people were arriving with blankets, and I understood when it was too late!
I would also recommend to take something soft to sit on, as being as you are sitting on a hard surface, it will get uncomfortable after a while.
A stunning location, spoiled by average productions. This place has breathtaking views but, and this is a big but, the weather has to be just right and the productions are mainly done by amateurs. Good amateurs, but amateurs all the same. Don’t come for the shows but stay for the experience.
Once you’ve done it once though and maybe even twice. You start to wish for better performances. But still, definitely worth a visit.
I liked this place. The views were amazing and its such a stunning theatre. Theres not alot to it but its definitely something you have to see. The prices to get in were not bad. Inside there is a little information centre about the theatre.
However I would not reccomend here to those who have difficulties walking as the steps up and down can be quite a challenge.
When we visited the Minack Theatre we were blessed with the most perfect summer’s day. The stunning backdrop of the crystal blue sea and the interspersed colour of the plants, set off the theatre perfectly. Could there be a more perfect setting to perform Shakespearean plays? I doubt it! The fact this place was constructed largely through the hard work of one woman, Rowena Cade, makes for fascinating backstory to this beautiful place. The Minack Theatre is one of Cornwall’s hidden gems, and one you must experience!
The Minack Theatre is the most amazing concept, set on the edge of cornwall in the most stunning setting its worth more than the £3 to get in and look around. One Womans vision and hard work provides a glorious location for any performance.
you have a list of things to do and places to see before you die then this must surely be on it. One of Cornwall’s hidden and unspoiled gems, this is well worth a long trip to find! Carved out of the cliff face in the early 20th century by Rowena Cade, this open air theatre offers performances by some of the country’s leading theatre companies. They offer matinee and evening performances during the season but wrap up warm as it gets really chilly!
This is a stunning place, an open-air theatre built into a cliff-side in the style of a Roman amphitheatre, the result of the vision & determination of a remarkable woman. It’s location is impressive & the Theatre is also surrounded by spectacular sub-tropical rockeries, a delight to walk around. There is a coffee shop with breathtaking views of the bay. You have to see it for yourself to appreciate how awesome this Theatre is.
This is truly an amazing place - on a summers night watching a performance in the open air with the sea crashing beside you is one of the wonders of the world and it is in Cornwall. You must go here once in your life.
I visited this place during the day when there was no productions and still had an amazing time. I cant imagine watching a performace with such a backdrop, it must be breathtaking and awe inspiring, so romantic. The prices for the productions seem justified. It is just such a weird place, to understand the history of how it became and know that it is contiuned to be used it great. It is out in the sticks, but then it has to be to be such a magical place. If you are in this part of cornwall you just have to visit here.
Imagine a theatre with a back-drop of the ocean and as the light of the day fades you can see dolphins playing in the bay or an occasional basking shark. And these sights are extras to the amazing productions which transport your imagination to another place. During the season, May to September the productions change each week from Monday to Friday. They may be anything from Shakespeare to Gilbert and Sulliavn, comedy to tragedy, or childrens’ productions. A visit during your holiday is a 'must’. And even if the play isn’t to your taste then there is the magnificent view to entertain you!
Out of season visit the museum and learn about the founder of the theatre, Rowena Cade who built the theatre in the 1930s, and also see the theatre and the wonderful views from it.
If you have a list of things to do and places to see before you die then this must surely be on it. One of Cornwall’s hidden and unspoiled gems, this is well worth a long trip to find! Carved out of the cliff face in the early 20th century by Rowena Cade, this open air theatre offers performances by some of the country’s leading theatre companies. They offer matinee and evening performances during the season but wrap up warm as it gets really chilly!
I know the other reviews have mostly included the word 'magical’ but there’s really no better word to describe this place. The Minack’s location is spectacular, on a clifftop with the waves crashing below and the setting seems so natural, as though the theatre has literally been carved out of the rockface. It feels like an ancient place, like something the Greeks or Romsan would have built and its incredible to discover how this place was created due to the vision of one twentieth century woman. This place is a must see at any time and on a crisp Cornish winters day its very atmospheric but it is well worth palnning a trip around the summer outdoor theatre productions, they are family friendly and an incredibly memorable experience. Take a picnic and cushions!
Forget the VERY tacky Lands End & come visit here instead. It’s in a stunning location & is quite magical. Sit on the stone seats even when there are no actors rehearsing or shows taking place & just let your imagination run wild. An unmissable place to see & sit & soak up the atmosphere.
A must-see if you’re in the area. The Minack Theatre overlooks Porthcurno Bay and is impressive in any weather. I arrived during a rainstorm and it was easy to imagine how breathtaking the first showing of The Tempest must have been. The titles of the plays that have been put on in the theatre are etched into the stone seats, and you can wander freely through the theatre when there are no shows in session. Highly recommended, particularly enjoyable if you hike up from Porthcurno Beach.
This is an awesome place to see! The Minack theatre is the brain child of Rowena Cade, a real character of a women who lived on the rugged coast between lands end and Penzance.
Rowena decided to bring theatre to Cornwall back in the 30's and with herself and a couple of locals went about building a outdoor theatre right on the cliffs above the Atlantic.
Its quaint, romantic and the views are beautiful even without players acting out Shakespeare on the stage.
It has a cafe, an exhibition about Rowena Cade, and souvenirs.
I heard a story about a ship being wrecked right on the coast there with a shipment of timber - the timber disappeared in true Cornish fashion. The investigators went to see Rowena Cade about where the timber had gone, they took one look at her and thought she couldn't have possibly taken all the timber up the steep cliffs by herself - but she had! She has truly made a magical place!
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