In 2018, Penlee Park Open Air Theatre in Penzance celebrates its 70th Anniversary Season and this season includes over 50 events ranging from international theatre companies, opera, children’s shows, jazz, Cornish music and a Cornish burlesque company! This season wouldn’t be complete without Opera Anywhere’s The Pirates of Penzance (JUN 17TH).
On the theatre front they have the Sennen-based international touring company, Illyria, who are performing three of their shows in the park – Dr Doolittle (JUL 24th) a fabulous children’s comedy with a strong message about responsibility towards animals and the environment, The Merchant of Venice (JUL 29th), Shakespeare’s funny play that deals with very serious issues and The Hound of the Baskervilles (SEP 6th), Conan Doyle’s Dartmoor thriller!
As ever, there is a strong music prescence in the park ranging from Suzie Mac (JUN 30th), Celtic Fiddlers (JUL 8th), the Cornish super band Hanterhir (JUL 13th) and the Oggymen’s Will Keating (JUL 14th) plus Port Isaac’s The Fisherman’s Friends who make a welcome return to Penlee (JUL 19) and west Cornwall’s own Sarah McQuaid (JUL 20th) plus jazz from Lucy O’Day & Simon Latarche (AUG 11TH). The music season closes with The Odd Folk (AUG 24th) in a benefit gig for Penzance’s Acorn Theatre, up and coming Daisy Clarke (AUG 25th) and the return of Skillywidden (AUG 31ST) and the 3 Daft Monkeys (SEP 1ST).
Cornish companies making a debut appearance in the park include Truro Operatic in a new musical version of Louise May Alcott’s Little Women (JUL 6/7th) and Helston Theatre in Du Maurier’s classic Jamaica Inn (AUG 4/5TH) plus a real treat from Penzance’s own Seven Stars Theatre who made us laugh last season with The Vicar of Dibley and this year it’s Around the World in 80 Days (JUN 14/15).
Full details of all events : www.penleeparktheatre.com