The Minack Theatre
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Set high on the cliffs above Porthcurno is the famous Minack Theatre, an atmospheric open-air theatre, situated 4 miles (6.4 km) from Land's End, it is built above a gully with a rocky outcrop which juts into the sea.
The Minack, or Gwaryjy Minack, which in Cornish means a stony or rocky place, was started by Rowena Cade (2 August 1893 – 1983), a Porthcurno resident. A local dramatic group performed Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' in a nearby field and Rowena Cade offered her garden, which overlooked Porthcurno Bay, as the venue for their next intended production 'The Tempest'.
The Minack Theatre is set in attractive gardens. A terrace and seating was installed in the garden for the play, and in 1932, the Tempest was performed there, with Porthcurno Bay forming an aptly dramatic background.
The theatre, over the years, was improved upon by Rowena Cade with the help of others. The sub-tropical gardens have become a favourite with tourists, The plants appear to thrive on the cliffside providing a splash of colour to the Minack all year round.
The Rowena Cade Visitor Centre tells the story of Rowena Cade's life and the building internationally famous theatre.
The Minack Theatre has developed greatly since its inception and is currently offers a varied programme from June to September, when 17 plays are performed annually, it is open to visitors throughout the rest of the year.