There’s something truly special about outdoor theatre in Cornwall. This summer offers a plethora of choices for open air theatre performances in stunning locations at some rather unusual venues. Here’s our round up of the best outdoor theatre Cornwall has to offer. Pack a picnic and enjoy the entertainment as the sun goes down…
Kneehigh Theatre – FUP/Ubu Karaoke and The Dancing Frog (various dates in August & September)
Kneehigh Theatre never fail to delight with their innovative performances that win the hearts of children and adults alike. They make a welcome return to the Lost Gardens of Heligan in 2018 with the Asylum, their purpose built nomadic theatre space. There are three shows to choose from for 2018: FUP (a big-hearted, uproarious modern fable about family, love and nature featuring a huge duck), Ubu Karaoke (a roof-raising stark-raving sing-along satire) and The Dancing Frog (based on the classic children’s book by Quentin Blake).
The restaurant at Heligan will also be serving up some divine dishes made from locally sourced produce before the show.
Shows run on selected dates in August and September 2018 – check the Kneehigh website for full details.
Miracle Theatre – The Cherry Orchard (various locations, 15 June – 25 August)
Miracle Theatre has been producing wonderfully inventive outdoor theatre for over 35 years. This summer, they’ll be touring across Cornwall with their production of Chekhov’s bittersweet comedy, The Cherry Orchard.
Performances take place throughout June, July and August in atmospheric outdoor spaces such as Trebah Amphitheatre and St Mawes Castle.
Rogue Theatre’s Wild Woodland Summer Ball
Rogue Theatre‘s immersive performances in Tehidy Woods are a magical experience for the whole family, guaranteed to engage kids of all ages.
They haven’t confirmed their summer 2018 performances yet, but the Wild Woodland Summer Ball usually takes place from mid-August to early September. Check the Rogue Theatre website or sign up to their newsletter for updates.
Sterts (various shows and dates)
Located on Bodmin Moor, Sterts is a unique tented amphitheatre which seats up to 400 people. With a range of in-house shows and performances by visiting theatre companies, plus comedy, music, poetry and dance, there’s plenty to choose from.
The Minack Theatre (various shows & dates)
A visit to the Minack Theatre is an unforgettable experience. Hewn out of granite and overlooking the sea, this is one place where the view might just rival the action on stage – especially if there are dolphins in the bay.
There’s a wide variety of performances between May and September, including children’s shows during the day. Make the most out of your trip to by combining a visit to Minack with an afternoon on Porthcurno beach, a walk along the coast path or a visit to the award-winning Porthcurno Telegraph Musuem.
While some shows sell out early, it’s sometimes possible to pick up returned tickets at the last minute. For some performances you may be able to buy tickets on the door. We recommend checking with the box office or online before you make any plans.
Top tip: It can get cold as the sun goes down, especially in exposed venues such as the Minack. Go prepared and take extra layers or blankets to snuggle up under.
The Trench Bodmin (15 June – 15 July 2018)
The Trench Bodmin tells the true stories of Cornishmen who fought in the First World War. In this immersive theatre experience, you’ll have the opportunity to follow in their footsteps. You’ll enlist at Bodmin Keep and take on a real soldier’s identity before boarding a steam train at Bodmin & Wenford Railway. From there, you’ll journey to a replica WWI trench to experience the chaos of battle.
WildWorks – 100: UnEarth (3 – 22 July 2018)
We loved WildWorks’ 2017 production, Wolf’s Child, and we can’t wait for this year’s offering. 100: UnEarth takes place at the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Set in 1914, it explores the aftermath of WWI through stories of the survivors.
Book a late summer break at Bosinver
Tempted? We’ve still got availability in some of our cottages for selected weeks in September. We’ve also got short breaks available from mid September – ideal for catching a performance and making the most of the late summer sun.