When I checked the web site I was thrilled to see there was a performance on the day I returned, well you can't not go can you. I didn't care what the performance was, just the experience of it was enough, so I booked it. They have an excellent web site by the way, with a live web cam and a 360 degree panoramic viewer.
Minack in Cornish means 'a rocky place'. The amphitheatre was created by Rowena Cade. She was born in 1893 in Derbyshire, and died in 1983, having built most of the theatre with her own hands. It is a remarkable story, if you would like to know more, please look at the history page on the web site.
But for now, here are my pictures. The seats are cut into the steep rocks.
The backdrop is the sea.
The titles of the plays performed at the theatre are etched into the backs of the seats.
The Royal boxes on the side of the rocks.
It's very hard to imagine such a dramatic setting, you have to be there to experience it.
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After checking in at Lands End Hostel I went back to the Minack for the evening performance. You are encouraged to come early and take a picnic, and lots of warm clothing. I took my packup, a warm jacket, a cushion, and a blanket to cover my legs. Believe me you need it, but I was as snug as a bug in a rug. At about the halfway point it was starting to get dark, and after the interval they put the spot lights on. With the moon directly behind the stage, shimmering across the sea, it was magical. A beautiful memory to take home with me.