Cornwall Tourism Guide

Minack Theatre

The Minack Theatre is an open air theatre now Porthcurno in Cornwall. The theater is situated above a gulley on a rock granite outcrop that juts out into the sea. Rowena Cade, who lived at Minack House near Porthcurno founded the Minack Theatre. A group of Porthcurno village players staged Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in a meadow nearby in 1929 and then repeated the process the following year. When they announced that the next time they would perform Shakespeare’s “The Tempest£ Rowena Cade offered to let them put on the production in the garden of her home. With help from the gardener a terrace and rough seating area was installed on her property and “The Tempest” was performed there in 1932.

Each year the theatre was improved by its founder so that another group of players could put on their production and more people could come and watch. The location was used by the Gainsborough Studios in 1944 as part of the backdrop of a film starring Stewart Granger. The first theatre dressing rooms on the site were erected in 1955 and from 1975 the theatre has been registered as a charitable trust. The summer performances at the theatre are now enjoyed by visitors to the area.

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