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Minack, an open-air theater carved into the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic

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The Cornwall Coast (Cornwall in our language) I liked it so much that a five-day trip for her seemed totally insufficient. The incredible luck I have is that the only direct flight between Newquay (Cornwall's only international airport) and Spain is precisely Alicante, my hometown. So I know that I will return, and sooner rather than later.

That coastline It is uneven, rugged, dramatic and marked by extensive deserted beaches and small inaccessible coves. It is one of those that ask to be explored and are looking forward to telling you a thousand stories about shipwrecks, pirates, smugglers, tragic loves, treasures and other secrets.

The habitants which withstand the winds of Cornwall are also part of their treasure. Hard people, whose ancestors worked in the sea and the mine, like the Asturians.

And those same inhabitants They have known how to live with nature, taking advantage of its complicated bends and edges even to create an unusual theater. A theater carved into the cliffs and whose stone stands have spectators throughout the year. Its about Minack Theater.

What is the Minack theater: creation and evolution

In the stands of the Minack Theater in Cornwall

The Minack Theater is one of the most famous outdoor theaters, not only in the United Kingdom, but in the world.

Nowadays, receives the visit of about 11 spectators every year, and another 6 come to enjoy the beautiful natural environment in which it sits.

The idea of ​​creating the theater came about when Rowena Cade - who lived in the Minack House, right on top of the cliff - He decided to create a place for local theater-loving people to enjoy the great Shakespeare's play 'The Tempest'. During the winters of 1931 and 1932, this woman and her gardener carried out the titanic task of moving huge blocks of granite and cliff land to create the stage and the low terraces of the theater. They left them as you can see them today.

The first performance took place on August 16, 1932.

During these 86 years of history the Minack Theater has evolved to become the professional place it has become today. Rowena's dream is still alive and here come theater companies and musicians, both local and others with a long international career.

The most beautiful of all is that Rowena Cade's descendants are still involved in the project and since 1976 - great year, because I was born - the Minack Theater is controlled by a family fund that receives income from donations and the sale of theater tickets. With that they get 50 people to work during the summer season and keep the local population hooked on culture and theater. In addition, theater directors they have also launched an education program in which they give free theater lessons in local schools and make available to students the possibility of acting in this theater where they make the public dream while contemplating the greatness of the Atlantic Ocean.

What to see around the Minack Theater

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