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“Breath Taking Theatrical Venue”
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Minack Theatre
Ranked #1 of 66 things to do in Penzance
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Owner description: 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 May to September.
Bodmin, United Kingdom
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“Breath Taking Theatrical Venue”
Reviewed February 4, 2014

First visited The Minack as a child and was immediately enchanted even then, after taking in numerous events over the last ten years the wonder still remains... whatever the weather!
If you are visiting Cornwall and staying for more than 2 days in the summer make sure you see a production, bring a picnic and something comfortable to sit upon and enjoy the show (hopefully) and the experience, the views and immerse yourself in what is the best Cornwall can offer.

Visited July 2013
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“Awesome cliff theatre on Cornwall's coast”
Reviewed January 28, 2014

We visited Minack Theatre last October, on a sunny and quite windy day, and we got very well impressed by the whole complex. It is amazing to learn that some 80 years ago a single extraordinary woman started the whole thing, from the simple grass terrace to the internationally known theatre. On the backstage, the impressive Atlantic Ocean, high waves and if you are lucky enough, whales, dolphins and other sea creatures. The cliff gardens have to be pointed out too: they reflect the choices of its creator, Ms. Rowena Cade, for whom there should be something flowering every month! Amazing and superb, a must visit indeed! Enjoy!

Visited October 2013
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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“one determined ladies vision with amazing views!”
Reviewed January 27, 2014

The Minack Theatre is unique being an open air theatre, carved out of the cliff at Porthcurno. It was built by the vision of one very determined lady Rowena Cade who was originally born In Derbyshire but moved to Cornwall via Cheltenham. After staging a Shakespeare play in her garden, she then staged one with the backdrop of the cliffs and the idea of creating a permanent theatre was born which took many years to become fully developed.

The theatre is open all year to daytime sight seeing visitors in addition to the summer season of Theatrical productions which are performed by a number of touring companies. Even in the summer, theatre goers are advised to wear warm clothes and something waterproof to sit on.
The car park is free ( with disabled parking spaces ) the daytime admission fee is £4 for adults, (not to watch a play )There are toilets and a cafe with amazing views ,limited disable access with a viewing platform at the top the majority of the theatre is for able bodied people only as there is lots of steps.

Visited January 2014
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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“amazing story of one woman and a theatre with views”
Reviewed January 27, 2014

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. The views are unmissable if you want stunning photos to take home. Theatre lovers will appreciate the unique atmosphere and backdrop the open sea gives the performances.
The Minack was the brainchild and life long passion of Miss Rowena Cade, who lived in Minack house over looking Porthcurno Bay. After Performances of Shakespeare's The Tempest by a local dramatics group in her gardens in 1932. Herself and her gardener put together some rough seating and a terrace, and the performance was a success. Every winter from then on Miss Cade sought to improve the theatre until it became what we see to this day.
Nowadays, the theatre is used from June to September for a full summer season, produced by companies from all over the UK and visiting companies from the USA. The theatre is open for visitors throughout the rest of the year.
when your at the top the views of the beach below are amazing ,admission without seeing a play is £4 for adults basically for the upkeep of the place, their is also a small cafe with amazing views over the bay below and toilets in the grounds which are open all year round.
The car park is free and has disabled parking spaces.

The Minack has ramped access to all of its visitor facilities at the top of the cliffs overlooking the theatre.The Car Park has disabled parking bays adjacent to the entrance, with a ramp for wheelchair access to the front door of the visitor centre.

From here there is ramped access to the exhibition, cafe and shop, and there is an equal access toilet. A viewing platform overlooking the theatre has wheelchair access, but access to the main auditorium and stage is by a staircase of many steps and is not accessible to visitors with very limited mobility.

Visited January 2014
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“The most dramatic and amazing view you could order!”
Reviewed January 26, 2014

Stopped here for lunch on a very stormy December day. Enjoyed tea and pasties while watching waves crashing, literally, beneath us. Once you have paid ask for a year long re entry pass, you'll want to go back!
Amazingly clean and well maintained toilets!!

Visited December 2013
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