Fabulous theatrical events in Devon and Cornwall this April
The rugged coastline, wild moorland and stunning beaches of Devon and Cornwall provide a unique backdrop for theatrical productions. Whether you’re perched high above the Atlantic Ocean at the Minack, or nestled under the canopy-covered Sterts Theatre on Bodmin Moor, the surrounding landscape adds a touch of magic to performances. The South West is also well known for superb independent theatre companies, including the brilliant Kneehigh and the enchanting Rogue Theatre.
Whether you’re a theatre-lover, a musical-enthusiast or simply looking for some rainy day entertainment, there’s a performance to suit all tastes this April. To save you time, we’ve selected the top six performances and venues across Devon and Cornwall.
Go wild with Rogue Theatre in Tehidy Woods
30th March – 9th April | Tehidy Woods, Redruth, Cornwall
Designed for both adults and children, this immersive Easter adventure takes place amongst the bluebell glades of Tehidy Woods. A performance like no other, you will be led along woodland paths whilst listening to a spellbinding collection of tales and stories. With three performances a day from 30th March to 9th April, there are plenty of opportunities to experience the magic of Rogue Theatre for yourself. Find out more and book tickets here.
Be enchanted by The Railway Children at the extraordinary Minack
3rd – 14th April | The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall
The well-loved tale of The Railway Children is being performed this Easter holiday at the breathtaking Minack Theatre. Adapted from the heart-warming novel by Dave Simpson and performed by The Minack Company, this glorious theatrical experience is perfect for all ages. Book your tickets here.
Just a twenty minute drive from The Minack, the stunning Blue Elvin in Newlyn sleeps eight and has dramatic views across Mount’s Bay and St Michael’s Mount.
Float away with the transcendent Kneehigh
10th – 14th April | Northcott Theatre, Exeter, Devon
The fantastic Kneehigh is an internationally renowned Cornish theatre company. From 10th – 14th April, they will be performing The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, a theatrical masterpiece based in Russia. Awarded five stars by The Times and The Stage, this incredible production combines poetry, music and dance. If you’re staying in Devon or Cornwall this Easter, it’s well worth an evening excursion. You can find out more and book your seats here.
Nestle under the night sky at Sterts Theatre
21st April | Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Cornwall
Set in Cornwall’s wonderful tented amphitheatre on the wild Bodmin Moor, Deep Space is a unique production that combines music, dance and film. Created by artists working at the cutting edge of their craft, and inspired by real data from cosmic rays and distant galaxies, this is set to be an extraordinary evening. Book you tickets here.
Nestled in the rugged Cornish countryside, and just a twenty minute drive from Sterts Theatre, is the tranquil and enchanting Penlaurel cottage.
While away a rainy day at the Hall for Cornwall
27th March – 4th April | Hall for Cornwall, Truro, Cornwall
A true gem in Cornwall’s cultural crown, The Hall for Cornwall plays host to a huge range of musicals, ballets, plays and performances. There’s a fabulous selection of planned productions this Easter, from the dramatic Evita to the family-friendly Dinosaur World and Brainiac Live. You can find out more about this brilliant venue here.
Under forty minutes from The Hall for Cornwall, the wonderful waterfront Bass Cottage is perfect for families or groups of friends.
Feel entranced by the Royal Opera House Live in Dartmouth
4th April | The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth, Devon
If you love opera, or you’re simply looking to expand your cultural horizons, a screening of the Royal Opera House Live Macbeth will be held at The Flavel in Dartmouth on 4th April. Inspired by Shakespeare’s tragedy, Verdi’s opera is conducted by Antonio Pappano and boasts a magnificent cast. You can book your tickets here.
If you’re still looking for a last-minute escape this April, the beautiful Blue Moorings in Dartmouth has availability. Perched on the banks of the River Dart, this luxury retreat sleeps up to four guests, and is just a ten minute walk from The Flavel.