Minack Theatre

Minack Theatre, Penzance: Address, Phone Number, Minack Theatre Reviews: 5/5

Minack Theatre
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This open-air theatre is dramatically situated on the cliffs at Porthcumo, near Land's End, and hosts a season of plays and musicals from March to November.
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Southampton, UK242 contributions
Oct 2020
We loved our visit here, on the wild cliffs. There's something magical about it, and the names of plays engraved on every seat bring the echoes of theatre to life. The entrance fee is reasonable although it only takes about half an hour to go round and at this time people are not encouraged to linger due to the numbers arriving. There are still shows here, as it is still outdoors, but I'd recommend picking a dry, calm day! We just missed storytime, which would have been an interesting experience. There was a take-out cafe and toilets. You can book on the day if there is space left. There are a great many steps but on the website when we booked we noted there was a ticket for the same price which was all level for those with walking difficulties or maybe buggies. No idea how they do it but certainly worth going if you can (but maybe not with toddlers, it's a long way down!). The gardens at the top are all planted with tropical plants and there is an exhibit about the person who designed it all, although at the time we visited this was sadly closed due to covid. Recommended.
Written October 5, 2020
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Voyager
Saffron Walden, UK33 contributions
Oct 2021
There is no way I could give this anything less than a full 5 stars.....

The parking was reasonable, and they had a small stall at the entrance where you could purchase drinks, food and gifts.

Now, there are a lot of steps down, but it was SO worth the effort. They have a food stall in the theatre main area which sells drinks and delicious scones with clotted cream and jam. We sat in one of the rows about half way up, and the views were just stunning. You could see the beach and the sea was green and light blue - it was like something out of an Australia travel brochure!

We were very lucky as a gentleman who worked there took to the stage and performed a 30 minute piece on the history of the theatre, which was really interesting and he really kept everyone's attention.

There were so many details around, such as the names of plays on the back of the 'seats', and you were fairly free to roam around.

This is definitely somewhere worth going, even if it's out of your way. And if you're lucky enough to get great weather, I'll be amazed if you don't have a fantastic visit.
Written October 6, 2021
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scarlettglen1
London, UK22 contributions
Jul 2021
My partner and I saw a Winter's Tale on a gorgeous summer night in July. The play was superbly performed, with touching and hilarious moments, made all the more enjoyable and authentic by the engaged audience (brought in to the drama on occasion by the cast) and the relaxed atmosphere, with people able to move around throughout. Not only was the play excellent, but watching the sun set behind the performance was really rather magical, I would highly recommend visiting and sincerely hope I can do so again soon.
Written July 29, 2021
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Tracy
15 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
What a fabulous experience ! The weather was glorious and sun cream and a hat is a must.

Due to COVID restrictions, tickets are just at fifty percent capacity and no doubt this made the visit even more pleasant as we were well spread out during the performance.
Don’t turn up thinking you can take pictures without a ticket because you will be turned away as indeed quite a few people were and the only other view of the theatre is from the sea .

Parking was ample in a close by field and free for ticket holders . Watch the roads as you approach as it does come to a standstill as you climb the hill due to cars attempting to get down and up a single track road .
A memory made for life .
Written July 4, 2021
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MarcusHurley
Bristol, UK7,729 contributions
Jun 2021
The drive to Minack was interesting and I can't really blame my sat nav this time. Cornish roads are just rubbish, stupidly narrow, often with people parked at the side of the road making them almost impassable and stone walls and banks meaning that squeezing into the edge for someone to go past is likely to be quite expensive!
The ticket guy at Minack was great - when we handed him our booked ticket he said it was for next week and did we have a booking for today? Our faces must have been a picture as he started laughing, bloody excellent and kudos to you, ticket guy! We parked and sat at the picnic benches having a coffee and cake before walking down the terraces that make up Minack Theatre. The theatre was started in 1931 by Rowena Cade who bought the Minack headland in the 1920's for £100 and built the theatre over the next 60 years.
On a clear day the views are quite spectacular and it is a setting to rival any of the Greek theatres we've seen. It goes without saying that today wasn't a clear day but we spent around an hour walking around and looking at the plants and views. We didn't see any signs about the exhibition on the building of Minack but I guess it was closed due to covid.
Written June 14, 2021
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Jane A
1 contribution
Aug 2021
I pre-booked tickets for my friend and her children and my son and myself. The show was at 4pm but they made us queue up from 2pm in the hot sun and then allowed us in from 3.30pm where we waited a further 30 minutes for the show to begin. The setting was stunning and the show was great fun but the lengthy queueing and sitting around was not a pleasant experience. There is no warning of this when booking the tickets!
Written August 25, 2021
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We're sorry you didn't enjoy the pre-show experience. We do advise all customers with show tickets that parking is generally available from 90 minutes before the show starts and the gates open 45 minutes before the performance for 4pm shows. We're sorry you didn't receive this email - maybe it went into a junk folder? We do try to make this clear when customers book, but the message obviously didn't get through to you in this case. We're delighted you all enjoyed the show though!
Written August 30, 2021
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Pippy
5 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
The show was very good and the theatre is very striking but unfortunately we’ve been left with a very bad taste in our mouths. After growing up in Cornwall and having visited the Minack many times as a child we won’t be returning. We visited as a group of nine on 9.9.2021 for a matinee performance as a group of mature couples. A customer in front of us asked one of the queue staff (who was very polite I would like to add) if she could have a leaflet and she provided her with one. The staff returned to her work and, so having seen that it looked interesting, I went up to a lady (Grace?) working at the hut at the front of the queue and politely asked where I might find one. She wasn’t serving anyone and there was no one waiting but she replied (without looking up) “we don’t have them” I explained I meant what appeared to be a free leaflet with a map of the theatre and she just curtly said “no” (again without looking up!). I informed her that her colleague had just given one to a lady in front of me and it would be helpful for our visit. She asked where I was sitting, I told her and she explained how to find my seat. She seemed to making things unnecessarily difficult so I said I would like one not to find my seat but as it contains some basic info on the theatre that looked interesting and she again just turned her back to me and said “no!” I have never witnessed such strange, poor and incredibly rude customer service for a simple request. To make things stranger these leaflets are available in a little box after you go through the gate. If she’d just shown a slight bit of interest in helping and told me that it might’ve been a lot less stressful and less unpleasant way to start the experience. An ill mannered and dismissive member of staff to have as your front of house.
Written September 10, 2021
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Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Grace is mortified that she left you with this impression. There was clearly some misunderstanding and we are all very sorry that this element of your visit left you with a bad taste.
Written September 30, 2021
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Rob R
Tredegar, UK1,231 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
This was one of our must do when coming to Cornwall. We were staying in Lands End Hotel for two nights so had to pre book tickets a few weeks in advance. Thankfully the weather was sunny and we could enjoy the theatre in all its glory definitely worth visiting and very reasonable entry cost compared to some places. A truly magical place
Written June 28, 2021
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Peter W
30 contributions
Jun 2021
Lovely little man made theatre. Nice little cafe selling pasties and drinks and a small souvenir shop
Our sat nav was taking us to the car park at the bottom of the hill, ignore that car park and carry on up the hill to get to the theatre car park. Book tickets to visit on line - very reasonable..Dogs are allowed for visits but obviously not for any productions
Written July 5, 2021
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mikezhivago
Manchester, UK1,441 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
Although we hadn’t pre booked our visit , we were allowed to park and pay on entry to the theatre ( very nice of them ) . That said if there is a show on , then you are not getting anywhere near without a ticket . It was £6 each to go in and look round and thankfully it was a nice afternoon and we spent over an hour walking up and down the steep steps . It is nice to just buy an ice cream and drink in the views and marvel at the work of one woman to create this special place. Once you are done you are free to walk down to the lovely beach at Porthcurno and enjoy any sunshine while you can . Lovely place and recommended, whether there is a show on or not . One to return to, to watch a live show .
Written October 11, 2020
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