“That cliff over there, why don’t we dig a theatre out of the granite to sit 750 people and put on productions of Shakespeare?”
“I’m not sure that’s entirely realistic Ms Cade.”
“Just you wait.”
Is how I imagine the conversation between Minack founder Rowena Cade and fellow workers went. And she was absolutely on the money.
The Minack Theatre and surrounding beaches are stunning at any time of year, but particularly so at the height of summer. The theatre, which opened in 1932, has been carved in to the granite rock above Porthcurno Beach. It was the idea of a fairly incredible woman, Rowena Cade. The vision and foresight that she showed when looking at a rocky cliff in Cornwall is barely conceivable but the Minack is still going strong today. We didn’t catch a show this time but took a walk around the cliffs and explored the theatre itself.
Can you imagine a more spectacular place to watch a play?