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Theatre

We all like a bit of culture from time to time, and Cornwall has this by the theatre-load.

First stop, Truro and the Hall for Cornwall - The Hall features everything that comes under the broad umbrella of "performing art": theatre, comedy, ballet, pantomime, live music and more. Situated squarely in the middle of Truro town centre, this is the ideal venue for anything from a night out with the girls (The Chippendales perhaps?) to a matinee with the kids (James and the Giant Peach).

One of the jewels in Cornwall's crown is the enchanting Minack Theatre. Built stone-by-stone in the 1930s by the inspirational Rowena Cade and her gardener, this may be the most famous cliffside theatre in the world. Go along and marvel at the achievements of this incredible woman, who was known to have carried bags of cement and 15ft beams up to the theatre on her back.

The Minack today is the captivating setting for every kind of live performance, from Tosca through Shakespeare to Roald Dahl, and theatre groups travel from all over the UK for the opportunity to play in this unique location, before the spectacular backdrop of the jade-green seas and dazzling sunsets of Porthcurno. If you'd prefer, you can just visit the theatre for a look around the sub-tropical gardens and the Rowena Cade Exhibition Centre, before a spot of lunch or perhaps a cream tea at the cafe with its staggering views.

Another space well worth a visit is the delightful Acorn Theatre in Penzance which, with its faded elegance, may not possess the glitz of the Hall for Cornwall, but instead imparts an altogether more intimate experience. Along with the usual live music events and stand-up comedians, The Acorn often presents many more experimental pieces for an artisan experience not to be missed.

Finally, we can't publish a Theatre page without a tip of the hat to the prestigious Kneehigh and Rogue theatre groups, beloved of locals and tourists alike. These acclaimed organisations are world-class, and often tour the UK and Europe with their ingenious productions, but some of the best places to witness them are right here in their home county. How about trying to catch one of Rogue's magical shows in Tehidy Woods one evening this summer?

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