Minack Theatre without a performance

May 6, 2014 by becca.lazar No Comments

The Minack Theatre is worth a visit even when there are no performances – as my visit yesterday will show.

First of all –  if you are going just to explore then check first that your visit does not clash with a performance – the programme of events run from Easter to September. Schedule for 2014.

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Planned and built by Rowena Cade with the first theatrical performance in 1932 the Minack (meaning ‘Rocky Place’) Theatre is built into the cliff side with steep steps and terraced seating.

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Now a fully equipped, internationally famous outdoor theatre where the show goes on whatever the weather (almost) and shows have stopped temporarily for the audience to watch the pods of dolphins playing in the sea below.   The audience sit on steep, grassy ledges with views to die for, down to the stage and out to sea.

The planting in the gardens reflects the nature and weather of this position – with salty winds and sweeping rain in the winter yet attracting the heat of the sun in the summer. You will find plants in flower at all times of the year.

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Outstanding views abound, looking down at the stunning Porthcurno beach or across the bay to Logan’s Rock and in the far distance, The Lizard.  But the Theatre alone is so photogenic – even when the sun declines to make a show as in my photos.  The WCs are spotless and the cafe has the best views in the world – in my opinion. As a treat at the end of your visit – beautiful jewellery and gifts (and fudge!) can be purchased in the shop.

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