A THEATRE in Penzance has said it is delighted to be starting a new season after being held back by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Minack Theatre has explained how it has had to hold off on theatrical performance announcements over the course of the last two season due to the uncertainty brought about by the pandemic.

However, it now believes it can plan with more confidence and is delighted to announce its musical and theatrical line up for this season.

The Minack’s Executive Director, Zoë Curnow said: "For the last two seasons the uncertainty caused by Covid forced us to hold back on performance announcements until late in the year, but we’re now able to plan with more confidence.

"I’m delighted at the exciting line up of music, drama and other events we have put together for 2022."

The season will open in March with a black comedy by Cornish writer Carl Grose.

Superstition Mountain is the hilarious story of three brothers from St Day in Cornwall, who follow the family legend of a hidden goldmine all the way to the wild west.

Superstition Mountain is produced by The Minack Theatre in partnership with Ha Hum Ah Theatre.

This will be followed at Easter by another Minack Production, Hetty Feather by Emma Reeves, based on the popular children’s books by Jacqueline Wilson.

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The theatre also claimed one of the highlights of the season will be Calvino Nights, a new production by Mike Shepherd In Cahoots with the Minack and imPossible Producing.

Zoë said: "We are delighted to be working in cahoots with Mike and imPossible Producing to produce this new piece of theatre.

Many generations of Cornish school children (myself included) were inspired by Mike's work at the Minack in the early days of Kneehigh and we are really excited to reintroduce this style of performance to a new generation of young people, the Cornish community and our visitors."

The 2022 season is packed with favourite, classic drama, including adaptations of Jane Eyre, Vanity Fair, David Copperfield, Cranford, The Scarlet Pimpernel and A Room with a View, as well as 3 Shakespeare productions, Twelfth Night, The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Tempest.

Surrey Opera will be bringing Mozart’s Don Giovanni to the theatre and, in June the Minack will be staging an exciting new opera production of The Firework Maker’s Daughter, by David Bruce and Glyn Maxwell, based on the beautiful fairytale by Philip Pullman.

Alongside these productions there will be a series of music evenings and touring productions, including Liz Richardson’s one-woman exploration of grief and wild swimming, SWIM co-produced with Theatre by the Lake.

Public booking for the majority of events opens 31 January and details of the programme are available on the Minack website