The Minack is back with a full summer of live performances

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The Minack is back with a full summer of live performances

Published at 5:44pm 21st July 2020.

After it was announced the Minack Theatre could reopen, the team have been busily been organising a brand new performance programme.

A fantastic season of events have been lined up, with more to still to be announced.

With extra precautions in place, such as reduced audiences so social distancing can be more easily observed, the performers are promising to bring the same enthusiasm to thrill and entertain with their live performances.

“The Minack is a beautiful place to visit but it’s first and foremost a performance space and we are doing everything we can to give people the opportunity to see live theatre safely at the Minack this summer.

Our original season had to be cancelled when the Lockdown happened, so when the announcement came that open air theatre could restart, we put together an entirely new programme of music, theatre and comedy.

The Minack’s an important part of the local arts economy and we’re proud to offer a showcase for some of our rich community of professional Cornish artists as well as national companies in our new season.” 

Zoë Curnow, Executive Director of the Minack

The theatre shows kick off in dramatic fashion with David Mynne’s virtuoso one-man performance of Dickens’ much-loved classic, Great Expectations. 

This is followed by Bash Street Theatre whose unique acrobatic performances are perfect for the whole family.

Also on the programme, The Strongman, a perfect blend of circus skills, silent comedy and live music all wrapped up in a silent movie plot.

In August, the Minack Theatre will be home to a two week revival of Stones in his Pockets by Marie Jones, which played at the Minack last year to great acclaim.

Following this, the theatre are thrilled to bring you Stephen Tomkinson and Jessica Johnson in Willy Russell’s Educating Rita. 

2020 marks the 40th anniversary of Russell’s popular play and this production was on a national tour when Covid-19 intervened.

Excitingly, author Willy Russell, has specially adapted his play for the two week run.

You'll also be able to enjoy Minack’s Music Mondays, which promises loads of music talent and many genres, from folk with Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends to the sublime harp of Ruth Wall.

If you like movies, and want to be part of the action, don’t miss the manic mayhem that is Mischief Theatre’s Mischief Movie Night in September! Here, the audience get to pick the genre, location and title of a film and then watch the skilled performers create it before their very eyes.

To ensure the safety of the audiences and visitors, the theatre have implemented a few different safety measures, including show starting at either 7pm or 3pm with no intervals.

However, performances will be 'relaxed' meaning people are able to move from their seats during the performance to visit the toilet or purchase takeaway drinks or snacks.

Shows will also be no longer than 100 minutes.

To find more information on these, or all their other, events this summer, head over to the Minack Theatre's website - as they're playing to reduced audiences, advance booking is essential.

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