Porthcurno, Penzance, TR19 6JU
Tel: (01736) 810181
Amazing open air theatre on the cliffs
The open-air theatre Minack Theatre, with its breath taking views, is located above the western end of Porthcurno beach. Using a wealth of photographs, models and audio-visual techniques, the exhibition centre tells the story of how the Victorian girl, Rowena Cade (1893-1983) grew up to build the internationally famous cliff-side theatre that can seat an audience of 750 and is open for a 16 week summer season.
The first performance of "The Tempest" held in the summer of 1932 was lit by batteries, car headlights and the feeble power brought down from Minack House. Everyone collected their tickets at a table in the garden before clambering down the gorse lined path. Rowena Cade with her gardener Billy Rawlings and his mate Charles Thomas Angove hand built the theatre over many years to gradually develop it into what it is today.
Since 1998 our sub-tropical rockeries have become a must for gardeners with a taste for the exotic. The ideas and plant selection are based on the cliff garden developed here by Rowena Cade in the 1930's.
Sign-posted from the B3315 three miles south-east of Land's End.
|The Minack Theatre|
If you would like to see a show
|The Exhibition Centre|
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