Cornwall is renowned for its theatrical talents, and there are many amateur and professional groups treading the light fantastic all over Cornwall. From gardens to woods, theatres to town halls there is a plethora of tales being told over the summer months with a wide range of backdrops for all ages and tastes.
If it’s some serious Shakespeare you are after, visit the iconic Minnack Theatre, a spectacular stone amphitheatre, for a take on The Tempest or The Merry Wives of Winsor (see their website for details and dates here – https://www.minack.com/calendar-2/ ) or book up quick to see The Royal Shakespeare Company moonlighting at Kneehigh’s Asylum at Heligan Gardens with “Two Gentlemen in Verona” for just one week from 24th August.
Cornwall’s long established well known and very successful theatrical group Kneehigh can now be seen across the globe with performances in The Globe Theatre, USA and Europe, a far cry from the small group it started as. This year sees the return of Asylum for its seventh year, a tent parked at Heligan Gardens showcasing Kneehighs finest tales, currently showing is FUP a must see tale about a duck! For tickets visit: http://www.kneehigh.co.uk/page/kneehigh_shows.php
Miracle Theatre, another well know Cornish company, are currently showcasing their rootin tootin “The Magnificent Three” western themed story all over Cornwall and Devon in August and September, including a performance at Trebah Garden’s new amphitheatre. – for dates and venues check out their website http://www.miracletheatre.co.uk/tour-dates/?show_id=2067 . They are also part of Enys Gardens in Penryn “Wild Weekend” at the end of this month which includes theatre, dance, music and workshops. http://www.enysgardens.org.uk/events/
Trebah Gardens is also playing host to “Tales from the Trees” – a comical story of music and puppetry by the creative Squashbox theatre for ages 7-11 (also popping up at the Minnack). Squashbox is also performing its popular “ The Sea Show” and “Stones and Bones” at various locations – filled with puppetry and stories untold! http://www.squashboxtheatre.co.uk/
For more wild outdoor theatre a must see is Rogue Theatre and their “Wild Woodland Summer Ball” in the heart of Tehidy Woods with “stories for boys, girls and grown-ups who still hear the call of the wild.” For timings and shows visit http://www.roguetheatre.co.uk/wild-woodland-summer-ball-in-tehidy-woods-2/
For those of you with a more traditional take on theatre, visit the Poly in Falmouth where Rum and Clay are performing 64 squares about the second world war and accompanied by a live jazz band. There are also tales from the Cornish sea with “in our hands” and “canvas and rum” from Smoking Apples and Northsouth Theatre. http://thepoly.org/whats-on/theatre
If you love a musical head to Cornwall’s main Theatre – The Hall for Cornwall and see “Save the Last Dance for Me” a tale of love through the rock and roll 60’s or perhaps the ballet then Redruth’s Regal Theatre is the place to go for the Pop-Up Ballet Company with “Creation” a modern ballet inspired by the natural world.
This is just a small snippet of the wonderful theatrical world of Cornwall, for more information on what’s on visit What’s on Cornwall.