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Leave London for a Cornish clifftop theatre

Ellie Walker-Arnott
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Ellie Walker-Arnott

London has some of the best theatres in the world, attracting award-winning plays and brilliant directors, actors and crew. But the West End has nothing on this open-air auditorium carved into a cliff.

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The Minack Theatre, along the coast from Penzance in Cornwall, takes alfresco drama to another level, with a steep drop and the Atlantic waves for a backdrop. It put on its first play in 1932 after Rowena Cade, who lived in Minack House, and her gardener hand-built the stage and lower steps for a moody production of Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’.

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Nowadays you can settle in on the stone benches for all kinds of performances (in all kinds of weather), from family-friendly storytelling to short runs of shows like ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ and ‘Chicago’.

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Visit between shows to wander along the grassy terraces and admire dramatic views of the rugged coastline.

Porthcurno, Cornwall. From £5. Find out more here

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