Guildburys’ very first appearance on the Minack Stage was on the evening of 27 August 1979 in a production of The Merchant of Venice. Two pieces of information had filtered through a hectic day of preparation; firstly Lord Louis Mountbatten had been assassinated and secondly our Prince of Morocco, was unwell and the director was hastily learning his lines. Fortunately the Prince arrived minutes before ‘curtain up.’
The first view of the Minack is breathtaking. On arrival one suddenly realises that it is actually true – it really is built into the cliff side and the backcloth really is the sea. The weather was kind although during the sunny matinee the actors became disembodied voices as a heavy sea mist suddenly enveloped the stage. But most of all there remains a delight of a week whose ingredients included sunshine, fun, camaraderie, success and the wonderful exhilaration of performing at The Minack. Roll on 2013!
We are performing at the Minack Theatre again in 2013
Facts about Minack Theatre
The Minack Theatre, the open-air theatre, was constructed by Rowena Cade.
Minack or “meynek” as it is in Cornish, means a stony or rocky place.
The first performance was “The Tempest” in the summer of 1932.
Originally shows were lit by batteries, car headlights and power brought down from Minack House.
Booking and box office information
To buy tickets call the Minack Box Office: 01736 810181 or to book online please visit The Minack Theatre Box Office