The Minack Theatre is an open-air theatre carved into granite cliffs overlooking the sea at Porthcurno in Cornwall. Porthcurno Bay provides a spectacular backdrop to the theatre’s stage. It is located 4 miles (6.2 kilometres) from Land’s End. The theatre runs plays and other performances from May to September. As well as shows, people can visit for self-guided or guided tours and visit the subtropical garden.
The theatre was created by Rowena Cade (1893–1983). She grew up in Cheltenham and moved to Cornwall after the First World War and the death of her father. She built a house for herself and her mother at Minack Point. The theatre was built by hand in the garden of that house starting in 1931. The first performance was of The Tempest in summer 1932. Rowena Cade with help from her gardener Billy Rawlings started by building the stage over six months along with rough seating. Materials were hauled down from the house or up the winding path from the beach below. Over the decades that followed Cade, with help from Billy Rawlings and Charles Angove, worked to steadily improve the theatre over the winter months so performances could take place each summer. Miss Cade continued working on her theatre well into her eighties.
Today the theatre is run by a local management team and is a registered Charitable Trust. More information can be found at the official website.
Evening of 28th July 2021.