We have some wonderful theatres and production companies here in Cornwall. From open air theatres with cliff top views to city centre venues attracting famous national shows, there’s something for every taste and every age.
You just have to see it to believe it. The Minack Theatre is truly one of Cornwall’s most spectacular locations. Perched high on the cliffs above Porthcurno beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the Minack Theatre’s summer programme is wonderful every year with drama, musicals, comedy, and story-telling.
The Minack Theatre was created by Rowena Cade, who lived at the top of the Mincak cliff. Over the winter of 1931 and 1932, Rowena and her gardener, Billy Rawlings created the stage and the lower terraces of the theatre for local drama enthusiasts to perform Shakespeare’s The Tempest. The first performance was in 1932. Today, the theatre welcomes over 80,000 visitors a year to it’s spectacular performances.
Visit the Minack Theatre website for more info on performances, history and location
Hall for Cornwall
A thriving theatre in a great location, Hall for Cornwall is situated in Truro city centre, close to the restaurants and shops. Cornwall’s largest theatre, Hall for Cornwall (or HFC as it’s also known) hosts national and international quality touring productions as well as some fab local home-grown acts. Check out the HFC website for up to date listings and take your pick from classical music, dramas, musicals, dance and rock concerts.
Penlee Park Open Air Theatre
Catch a performance at Penlee Park from May to September and you’re in for a treat. The open air theatre at Penlee Park has been entertaining audiences since the 1950’s.
Penlee Park in Penzance attracts local companies and those from farther afield with productions including opera, comedy and music from both national and local touring companies. Take your cushions, blankets and thermos and enjoy a show in the peaceful and captivating surroundings.
Visit the Penlee Park website for full performance listings
The Poly at Falmouth
In the heart of Falmouth, The Poly is nearly 200 years old. Showcasing films, music, talks, comedy and theatre, The Poly’s rich programme means you could go every day and enjoy something new!
Visit the website for full listings. We guarantee you’ll see loads of things you want to go and watch!
Famous amongst the locals here in Cornwall, Miracle Theatre are one of the South West’s best known companies. Miracle Theatre’s performances can be found all over the county of Cornwall throughout the year. Book tickets to enjoy an original production or an adventurous adaptation of a classic play.
Take a look at their website for show listings and if you’re lucky you might be able to catch one of their famous beach or wild cliff top performances.
We can’t close this post off without mentioning Rogue Theatre. If you are looking for an atmospheric performance then this is the company for you. From late-night cabaret shows, festival projects, music events, young people’s performance events/projects, and good old traditional theatre, there’s nothing Rogue won’t try and succeed at.
It’s often not theatre as you know it; for example, follow a path through the trees of Tehidy Woods past the rugged North Cliffs of Cornwall and deep in to the woods to be immersed in one of their outdoor spectacles or feast your eyes on one of their cabaret shows at a local character-filled theatre.
Visit the Rogue Theatre website and get booking