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Places To Visit : Visitor Attractions : Minack Theatre

Minack Theatre

On the cliffs at Porthcurno, Penzance TR19 6JU
T:  01736 810181 or 01736 810471 
W:  www.minack.com

The Minack Theatre is the most famous cliff theatre in Britain, possibly in the world, carved into the granite cliff overlooking the spectacular panorama of Porthcurno bay, set on the south coast, 3 miles from Land’s End and 9 miles south west of Penzance.

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The theatre hosts a summer season of plays, opera and musicals running from May to September. Performances for 2011 include William Shakespeare's HAMLET and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Puccini's opera MADAME BUTTERFLY, and popular musicals GUYS AND DOLLS and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF.

During August you can bring the children along to one of our 10.30am performances from Squashbox Theatre. Included in the day visitor admission price, SQUASHBOX THEATRE uses a distinctive mix of puppets, songs, storytelling and cabaret, to enthrall children and adults.

The Rowena Cade Visitor Centre tells the remarkable story of how a girl who enjoyed the gentility of Victorian Cheltenham, grew up to build an internationally famous theatre with her own hands. Visit during the day, explore the theatre and relax in the Coffee Shop overlooking the theatre (open to patrons only) and soak up the magic of Minack.

Please note that the Visitor Centre closes during the afternoons on Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the performance season when matinee performances take place.

The Minack website (click here) carries a host of information about the theatre and its remarkable history. Summer in Cornwall is never complete without a visit to the ‘theatre under the stars’.