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Minack Theatre, Cornwall

The Minack Theatre is an open-air theatre built on a rocky outcrop which juts out into the sea at Portcurno in Cornwall, just 4 miles from Land’s End. The theatre was the brainchild of Rowena Cade who moved to Cornwall after WW1. In 1929 a group of players had performed the play A Midsummersnight Dream in a nearby meadow and they repeated this the following year. Their next performance was to be The Tempest and Miss Cade offered the gardens of her house to be used for the performance. Along with her gardener she dragged heavy, large rocks up from the sea and built a terrace which acted as a stage for the production. The Tempest was performed with the stunning backdrop of the crashing waves of the sea. Miss Cade spent the rest of her life improving the theatre along with two friends, so that the performances could be produced here each summer. Today the season runs from June to September, with around 80,000 people a year coming to see a performance and a further 100,000 visitors coming to take a look around the site. The theatre is now registered as a Charitable Trust and is run by a local management team. Rowena Cade died in 1983 at the age of 89.

Official Website : www.minack.com

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