The Minack Theatre is an internationally renowned open-air theatre on the Cornish cliffs at Porthcurno in the far south west of Cornwall. We welcomed over 300,000 visitors in 2019 either to watch a performance or to explore the theatre and learn about the extraordinary work of our founder, Rowena Cade. Our main season runs from April to October, with 200 performances of more than 40 different productions ranging from Shakespeare to contemporary drama, musicals, opera and one-night music events. Our hugely popular children’s story-telling programme runs three mornings a week in all school holidays including the winter months.
There is level access from the main entrance to:Entrance desk in the shopTicket Shack in the Car ParkTheatre toiletsCar park toiletMinack ShopExhibition Centre
Travel by public transport
We advertise a local taxi firm who can provide transport from the bus stop to the Minack car park. We also run our own bus from St Ives and back for the majority of performances. Information about this is on our website.
Travel by taxi
The ramp from our car park to the entrance is steep, ranging from 11% to 15%. We will review this in the future. Staff will assist wheelchair users if necessary. We have our own electric wheelchair available that customers can use on request.
Path to main entrance
Our entrance door is a double door: single opening is 930mm, double opening is 1930mm, staff are always on hand to open the second door if necessary.
Getting around inside
Visual Impairment - General Information
Ticket/ information desk
Entrance desk in the shop
The low section is a lift-up flap.
Ticket/ information desk
Ticket Shack in the Car Park
This is a ticket and retail point in our car park which is open for afternoon and evening performances for selling and collecting tickets to performances.
Things to See and Do
Spectator/ Audience viewing areas
This balcony offers a full view of the theatre.
We provide chairs with arm rests for the less mobile and the balcony is accessible to wheelchairs.
There is also an induction loop provided in this area for the hard of hearing.
There is an adapted toilet at the top of the theatre which is easily accessible with a wheelchair and which has baby changing facilities, non-slip flooring and facilities for visitors with limited mobility.
The door is side-hinged.
Hand-washing facilities are designed for ease of use by visitors with limited mobility, e.g. lever taps. There is an audio-assist system in this facility.
Car park toilet
This toilet is accessed via paving from our grass car park.
All merchandise in the shop is clearly priced; many items are at a low level, assistance can be provided by staff.
The Exhibition Centre has reasonable lighting, and a level, easily negotiable surface with a separate entrance and exit.
The doors are secured open when the site is open for visitors.
In extreme weather, the doors may be left closed, but a member of staff will be available to assist customers as appropriate.
The Exhibition panels were revamped in 2014 to improve the contrast of the text for those with vision impairments.
Touch screen films and audio visual film give more detail of the history of the theatre in an audio format.
There are bench seats and a row of chairs with arms available in the audio display room of the Exhibition Centre.
Getting around outside
There are over 100 steps from the accessible areas at the top of the site to the lowest part of the theatre. These have been built over the 80 years that the theatre has been in operation. As the site has evolved, these steps are not uniform in size or depth. There are handrails around the site and the placing of these are reviewed annually.
Visitors: during opening hours when no performances are in progress, visitors are free to explore the theatre auditorium, stage and backstage areas at their own pace.
The theatre holds a maximum of 710 people for performances. Audience members are directed to the appropriate area by stewards and assisted where appropriate.
There are areas of sub tropical planting around much of the site with a more extensive area for visitors to explore above the accessible balcony.
Customer care support
We are generally able to provide copies of scripts in advance of performances which can be followed either on paper or on a tablet device for customers who are hard of hearing. We also offer headsets for free that enhance the audio for performances.
We offer BSL interpreted and audio described performances on a selection of our productions. Audio description can occasionally be provided on request. Call the box office on 01736 810181 for information.
We can charge scooters or wheelchairs within one of our buildings if they charge via a 13 amp plug.
Emergency evacuation procedures
As we are mainly an open air attraction, we do not use a fire alarm within the theatre space. There are alarms within the buildings, but these do not have flashing lights.
Customer care support