Guildburys’ very first appearance on the Minack Stage was on the evening of 27 August 1979 in a production of The Merchant of Venice.
The show’s director described the experience – “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.
During a hectic day of preparation, news that the Prince of Morocco was unwell was greeted with alarm, but a back up plan was hastily put in place with the director hastily learning his lines. Fortunately the Prince arrived minutes before ‘curtain up’.
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 the delight of a week whose ingredients included sunshine, fun, camaraderie, success and the wonderful exhilaration of performing at The Minack.”
In 1990 performing open air became an annual event for Guildburys in Surrey and we are proud of the loyal and enthusiastic following for our PicnicTheatre events in Farnham and Haslemere, but the spectacular setting of the Minack, and memories of 1979, were powerful and we were thrilled to be accepted back to perform there again in August 2013 with our production of Tartuffe, and then again in 2016 to perform The Merry Wives of Windsor, enjoying a sell out run ! Guildburys will be returning to perform again in 2019
It is a real privilege to be invited to perform on this unique stage and one that we truly cherish.
Did you know ?
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