Theatre and performance arts in Cornwall

The Cornwall Arts and Crafts Directory (CACD) have compiled a list of performance art events here in our beautiful Cornwall. There are currently 5 listed in our performance arts section.

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The Comedy Of Errors by William Shakespeare

Monday, 14th August 2017 until Friday, 18th August 2017

The Comedy Of Errors by William Shakespeare presented by Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company.
Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant Dromio travel to Ephesus in search of their long lost twins.
Unbeknown to them, Antipholus of Ephesus and his servant Dromio have been living there for several years. Full of madness and mayhem, enjoy Shakespeare’s farcical comedy of mistaken identity.
Performances August 14 to 18 at 8pm and August 15 & 17 at 2pm
The Minack Theatre  Porthcurno, Penzance, Cornwall TR19 6JU


www.minack.com

Twelfth Night

Monday, 21st August 2017 until Friday, 25th August 2017

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare presented by Winchester Players.
One of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies.
Disguise, mistaken identity, fooling of every kind, mock heroics and true love.
Performances August 21 to 25 at 8pm and August 22 and 24 at 2pm.
The Minack Theatre  Porthcurno, Penzance, Cornwall TR19 6JU


www.minack.com

Miracle Theatre: The Third Policeman

Tuesday, 22nd August 2017 and Wednesday, 23rd August 2017

This summer Cornwall’s Miracle Theatre ventures into a world somewhere between Alice in Wonderland and Father Ted, where the earth is not round but sausage-shaped; where eccentric policemen fall in love with bicycles and you can visit eternity via a rickety lift, hidden beside a lane in the heart of rural Ireland.
Tuesday 22nd @ 7:30 pm
The open-air theatre is situated in front of Penlee House in Penlee Park, Penzance, Cornwall.
The theatre has disabled access although some is on uneven ground. Assistance can be provided.
Penlee Park Open-Air Theatre, Morrab Road, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 4HE


www.penleeparktheatre.com

David Walliams' Billionaire Boy

Thursday, 24th August 2017

Heartbreak Productions, together with Mr Spud and his son, Joe, would like to invite you to a garage sale (they used to own 500 garages) where they will be selling their final belongings to raise some money to buy food.
The Formula 1 racing car has already been taken by the bailiffs, but there might be something interesting left.
Bring your picnics, blankets and fold up chairs and come to the helicopter pad outside at Bumfresh Towers to hear the story of how Mr Spud made his billions and lost it all…
and how Joe became the richest boy in the world.
Thursday 24th at 6:30 pm
The open-air theatre is situated in front of Penlee House in Penlee Park, Penzance, Cornwall.
The theatre has disabled access although some is on uneven ground. Assistance can be provided.
Penlee Park Open-Air Theatre, Morrab Road, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 4HE


www.penleeparktheatre.com

Oddsocks Theatre - Romeo and Juliet

Saturday, 26th August 2017

Oddsocks Theatre present Romeo and Juliet
Oddsocks are delighted to be breathing new life into Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet by giving it a musical Mods and Rockers theme.
Saturday 26th at 7:30 pm    
The open-air theatre is situated in front of Penlee House in Penlee Park, Penzance, Cornwall.
The theatre has disabled access although some is on uneven ground. Assistance can be provided.
Penlee Park Open-Air Theatre, Morrab Road, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 4HE


www.penleeparktheatre.com

 

 

Oddsocks Theatre - Macbeth

Sunday, 27th August 2017

Oddsocks Theatre present Macbeth
Shakespeare’s dramatic story of ambition turned bad is brought vividly to life in Oddsocks’ hilarious new musical adaptation. Set in an orderly and steampunk-style world of value and decency, the ruling monarch Duncan holds sway with a caring, iron fist. His chief warlords Macbeth and Banquo return triumphantly from the battle field – The Boys are Back in Town and on the way discover supernatural assistance in the trio of the three weird sisters and soon they are on course for promotions. Awaiting his return is Macbeth’s ambitious Killer Queen wife. Although Macbeth needs convincing that they will one day be Royals she releases the devil within him and soon there’s blood on his hands. One murder leads to another and another until pretty soon Macbeth’s on a killing spree: Don’t stop me now. But You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet because revenge is on it’s way. Macbeth realizes there’s a Ghost in my House and Lady Macbeth is slipping into a Mad World of her own making and maybe in need of a Frontier Psychiatrist. Macbeth begins to lose control and his Live and Let Die has him Free Falling. With the audience’s help though, good soldier Macduff takes Macbeth to task and in a final explosive battle ensures that Scotland is All Right Now.
Sunday 27th at 7:30 pm    
The open-air theatre is situated in front of Penlee House in Penlee Park, Penzance, Cornwall.
The theatre has disabled access although some is on uneven ground. Assistance can be provided.
Penlee Park Open-Air Theatre, Morrab Road, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 4HE


www.penleeparktheatre.com

Folksy Theatre - The Princess and the Pig

Monday, 28th August 2017

Folksy Theatre present The Princess and the Pig
An exciting new show for friends and family, an open-air production, filled with music, and puppetry.
Monday 28th at 6:30 pm    
The open-air theatre is situated in front of Penlee House in Penlee Park, Penzance, Cornwall.
The theatre has disabled access although some is on uneven ground. Assistance can be provided.
Penlee Park Open-Air Theatre, Morrab Road, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 4HE


www.penleeparktheatre.com

Gypsy

Monday, 28th August 2017 until Friday, 1st September 2017

Gypsy music by Jule Styne, book by Arthur Laurents, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim presented by The British Theatre Academy.
Based on the life of Burlesque Star Gypsy Rose Lee, this is a Broadway show at its greatest.
Performances August 28 to September 1 at 8pm and August 29 and 31 at 2pm
The Minack Theatre  Porthcurno, Penzance, Cornwall TR19 6JU


www.minack.com

The Odyssey - (Greek Stuff!)

Wednesday, 30th August 2017

Based on the epic poem by Homer.
From the makers of ‘Great Expectations’ and ‘Dracula’ comes a tale more exciting than excitement itself: The Odyssey.
If ever a show was designed for the smallest venues, this is it; a compact piece of theatre magic.
David Mynne’s skill with just a few simple props, a rubber face and clear and concise storytelling will fill your hall with drama and delight!
This year he’s going to hell and back in the company of Heroes, Gods and Monsters.
A host of exciting characters – including a one-eyed Cyclops, a six-headed monster and the terrifying Sea God Poseidon – will conjure up a mighty storm and keep you on the edge of your seat.
There will be a ‘cast of thousands’.
There may be a bit of water. And there will certainly be a laugh or two.
David Mynne is a founder member of Cornwall’s legendary Kneehigh Theatre.
Suitable for adults and older children (12+)
Wednesday 30th at 8:00 pm
The open-air theatre is situated in front of Penlee House in Penlee Park, Penzance, Cornwall.
The theatre has disabled access although some is on uneven ground. Assistance can be provided.
Penlee Park Open-Air Theatre, Morrab Road, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 4HE


www.penleeparktheatre.com

Quantum Theatre - Great Expectations

Thursday, 31st August 2017

Quantum Theatre present Great Expectations.
Quantum Theatre bring their lively brand of comedy, music and magic to the great Dickens favourite, Great Expectations for summer 2017.
Thursday 31st at 7:30 pm    
The open-air theatre is situated in front of Penlee House in Penlee Park, Penzance, Cornwall.
The theatre has disabled access although some is on uneven ground. Assistance can be provided.
Penlee Park Open-Air Theatre, Morrab Road, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 4HE


www.penleeparktheatre.com

 

The Country Wife

Monday, 4th September 2017 until Friday, 8th September 2017

The Country Wife by William Wycherley presented by The Questors Theatre
The Country Wife is the classic Restoration comedy. This full-blooded and witty comedy is accompanied in this production by live music.
The Country Wife has come to town, and ‘town’, of course, is London, that well-known centre of intrigue and vice. Horner, the notorious womaniser, has spotted her - so the pursuit is on, although this isn’t stopping Horner hunting down other game.
performances September 4 to 8 at 8pm and September 5 and 7 at 2pm
Meanwhile, his friend Harcourt has fallen head over heels in love with the beautiful Alithea. Unfortunately, she’s engaged to the ridiculous Sparkish, a would-be wit and full time fop, so there is some ingenious work to be done.
And that’s just the beginning of the plot in William Wycherley’s glorious 1675 comedy, ‘The Country Wife’, set in the Restoration period after the return of Charles II to the throne, setting the tone for  a society bent on pleasure-seeking and the flaunting of fashion. The only sin is being found out.
Performances September 4 to 8 at 8pm and September 5 and 7 at 2pm
The Minack Theatre  Porthcurno, Penzance, Cornwall TR19 6JU


www.minack.com

Precious Little by Madeleine George

Thursday, 7th September 2017

This September, Touch Theatre goes on tour again, this time with a comic drama that deals with adult themes.
The biological clock is ticking for Brodie, a determined, focussed but detached Professor of Linguistics.
The chosen donor (interests include stand up comedy and kayaking) has turned out a success, girlfriend is happy with the idea and all is set to ensure that Brodie’s superior genes are passed on.
But life doesn’t always fit neatly into researched plans and a trip to the zoo and a connection with a talking ape look set to change Brodie’s outlook on life for ever.
Ticket price £11.00
Thursday 7th September - 7:30 pm
The Acorn, Parade Street, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 4BU


www.theacornpenzance.com

Forged Line Dance Company present Lina

Friday, 8th September 2017

Lina is a new duet by Forged Line Dance Company, exploring the lives and obsessions of brother and sister William and Caroline Herschel.
Both talented musicians and celebrated astronomers, they studied the universe and mapped the stars from their garden in 18th Century Bath.
Lina delves into the caring yet complex relationship between William and Caroline, where family ties are tested by individual ambition. Music merges into science, art becomes mathematics, and a brother and sister, far from home, change how we see the universe forever.
Featuring an original soundtrack incorporating music by William Herschel, this intimate and emotionally charged yet playful duet is inspired by themes of creativity, invention and frustration that shaped their extraordinary story.
An introductory short film offers a fascinating insight into the Herschels’ lives, bringing their world of dedication and discovery to life.
Created specially to accompany the live performance, the film was made in association with the Herschel Museum of Astronomy and the William Herschel Society.
Friday 8th September - 7:00 pm
The Acorn, Parade Street, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 4BU


www.theacornpenzance.com

Cyrano De Bergerac

Monday, 11th September 2017 until Friday, 15th September 2017

Cyrano De Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, adapted by Glyn Maxwell, presented by Theatre In The Square
Romance, war, poetry, sword fighting, and a little baking – what more could you want from a theatrical experience.
A witty and delightful modern adaptation of the classic tale of Cyrano, who can express his love for Roxanne through his words, but whose enormous nose blights his prospects of winning her hand.
Performances September 11 to 15 at 8pm and September 12 and 14 at 2pm
The Minack Theatre  Porthcurno, Penzance, Cornwall TR19 6JU


www.minack.com

Patience

Monday, 18th September 2017 until Friday, 22nd September 2017

Patience by W.S. Gilbert and A Sullivan presented by Cambridge University G. and S. Society.
The opera is a satire on the aesthetic movement of the 1870s and ’80s in England and, more broadly, on fads, superficiality, vanity, hypocrisy and pretentiousness; it also satirizes romantic love, rural simplicity and military bluster.
Rival poets, Victorian groupies, soldiers and milkmaids compete for affection in this witty satire on the aesthetic craze of the 1880s.
Performances September 18 to 22 at 7.30pm and September 19, 21 and 22 at 2pm
The Minack Theatre  Porthcurno, Penzance, Cornwall TR19 6JU


www.minack.com

 

Hansel and Gretel

Tuesday, 26th September 2017 until Friday, 29th September 2017

Hansel and Gretel by Humperdinck presented by Pop-Up Opera.
Pop-up Opera is an innovative touring opera company dedicated to making opera enjoyable and inviting, without losing the quality of musical performance. They aim to broaden the appeal of opera and to challenge the way opera is performed, by taking it into unusual spaces and making it fun, fresh and intimate.
Magical and dark, this is perhaps the most popular operatic fairy tale of them all. Brother and sister Hansel and Gretel are drawn into the idyllic yet dangerous world of the forest, where they encounter the Sandman, the Dew Fairy and, most frightening of all, the Witch.
In the dizzying excitement of the Witch’s Ride and the serene beauty of the children’s evening prayer, Humperdinck’s music magically evokes the contrasting worlds of the story.
Performances September 26 and 29 at 7.30pm and September 28 at 2pm
The Minack Theatre  Porthcurno, Penzance, Cornwall TR19 6JU


www.minack.com