Musical acts and plays take the cliffside Minack Theatre stage at night. (Photo by Britain on View/Visit Brita …
By Amanda Castleman
One of the world’s most dramatic open-air entertainment venues sprang back into action this week. At The Minack Theatre, arches frame an ocean backdrop just three miles from Land’s End, mainland England’s westernmost point. The sea-cliff auditorium may resemble a Roman ruin, but it dates back just eight decades. In a further twist, the grounds teem with subtropical succulents, thanks to the warm Gulf Stream that even nurtures palm trees in Cornwall.
The theater under the stars is hosting Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall this season, as well as “Taming of The Shrew” performances by Shakespeare’s Globe troupe (Sept 9-13). It’ll also mount a stage version of “Babe, The Sheep-Pig,” a story that wowed moviegoers in 1995 (June 10-14). But its most compelling show may be the story of the space itself, in the new daytime play “Moving Heaven and Earth: The Making of Minack.”
The Minack Theatre is near Pednvounder Beach on Cornwall’s relatively warm southeastern coast. (Photo by Adam Burton/Visit …
Cade continued her work over decades, despite World War II almost erasing the coastal venue. She scavenged beams from a shipwrecked Spanish freighter and learned to etch cement with a screwdriver when she ran out of money for granite. This labor of love kept her toiling, no matter how awful the winter weather, into her mid-80s. Today the site, managed by a charitable trust, welcomes 80,000 people to performances and another 100,000 to visit the grounds annually.
A daytime audience hears music at The Minack Theatre in Cornwall, England. (Photo by Britain on View/Visit Bri …
Catch a glimpse of the theater’s history each Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. through September. Admission to the play is free with daytime entry ($6 adult, $3 teen, free age 11 and under). Reach the theater via the towns of Porthcurno and Penzance in Cornwall on England’s history-soaked south coast.
Photos: Musical acts and plays take the cliffside Minack Theatre stage at night. (Photo by Britain on View/Visit Britain)
The Minack Theatre is near Pednvounder Beach on Cornwall’s relatively warm southeastern coast. (Photo by Adam Burton/Visit Britain)
A daytime audience hears music at The Minack Theatre in Cornwall, England. (Photo by Britain on View/Visit Britain)
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