"I think its a magical garden, I love it" Alice, aged 9

Trebah Amphitheatre is...

A unique performance space set against the stunning backdrop of an award-winning sub-tropical Cornish garden. A cultural centre hosting and producing a vivid mix of theatre, music, stand-up comedy, puppetry and dance both on our stage and across Trebah Garden.

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The Emperor's New Clothes by Illyria

Thursday 3rd August 18:30

The Emperor is a lovely man, but he's not the best judge of character, and is often surrounded by idiots. What keeps him sane is the monthly Grand Parade at which he wears his newest outfit.  When two swindlers spin a yarn and everyone is taken in, what price will he have to pay? Will he end up losing his crown jewels? All will be revealed in Illyria's cheekiest ever show full of larger-than-life characters, lots and lots to join in with - and an ending that will leave you helpless with laughter

 NB - there is NO nudity in the production. Although one of the actors may be a little chilly...


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Curious Creatures by Squashbox

Thursday 10th August

Animals are amazing! There are big ones, little ones, scaly ones, furry ones, friendly ones and scary ones! There are over 8 million different species of animal on earth today and in this show we're going to meet all of them! (Ok, not all of them, but quite a few). 

Welcome to the Curious Creatures wildlife park, established by Jeremiah Johnson: world-renowned explorer, zoologist and animal collector. Nobody knows more about animals than him.

Unfortunately, Jeremiah Johnson is currently lost somewhere in the jungles of Africa, so he has handed the running of the park over to his inexperienced nephew Craig… and things don’t quite go as planned.

Craig from Squashbox will perform Curious Creatures at 1pm and 3pm.

Performances included in cost of garden entry ticket.


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The Third Policeman by Miracle

Friday 11th August 19:30

Saturday 12 August at 7.30pm

Written by Flann O'Brien 

Adapted by Bill Scott, Meiert Avis and Robert Bayley 

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. 

With its hilarious characters, streaks of dark humour and unforgettable plot twist, The Third Policeman earned its author, Flann O'Brien, a world-wide reputation as one of Ireland's great comic geniuses.

Flann O'Brien's scorching wit and delicious turn of phrase, combined with Miracle's delight in physical comedy and absurdity, has to be a winning combination.

Fans of this cult classic and newcomers alike should expect the unexpected!

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If You Go Down To The Woods Today by Yskynna

Thursday 24th August

Friday 25 August

Saturday 26 August

(2x performances per evening)

Take a journey deep into the fairy tale heart of Trebah Garden, where a world of magic and mystery has awoken.
Once upon a time, in a land of lost children, wicked stepmothers, wolves and witches a fire breathing dragon slept.
Dare you enter into this world and risk awakening her?
This is breathtaking aerial dance, storytelling and acrobatics at an epic scale, set against a soundscape of soothing sirens in a fairy tale valley.
But take care on your travels... as you're surely in for a big surprise.

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In Our Hands by Smoking Apples

Wednesday 30th August 18:30

Alf is a trawler fisherman whose experience, camaraderie and loyalty have put him and his boat at the top of the game. But times are changing and so is the industry. How will Alf adapt in order to survive? Follow a fish's journey from sea to plate, watch a seagull's ridiculous attempt to find food and witness a father and son reunite. In Our Hands will transport you out to sea, under the ocean and onto the deck of the Catcher's Fortune. Using innovative puppetry, a striking set and an original score, join Alf as he journeys from the depths of despair to rise again and rescue the life he loves. In Our Hands has been developed extensively both in London and Cornwall by Smoking Apples, an award winning puppetry and visual theatre company.

"Clever and inventive" - **** British Theatre Guide


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The Smartest Giant in Town by Folksy Theatre

Friday 1st September 18:30

George was the scruffiest giant in town, but his kind heart and generosity take him on an adventure where he discovers that it's not how you look that's important but how you feel. Folksy's musical adaptation of Julia Donaldson's wonderful book is filled with puppetry, colourful characters and songs, that will have you clapping and singing along!


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Friday 8th September 20:00

Known for his star appearances on Mock the Week, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Have I Got News For You, Would I Lie To You and Argumental Mark Watson kicks off his new stand up tour at Trebah!

After 100+ dates on the road in 2016, Mark Watson's amazed there are STILL areas of the country he's neglected. For this new tour, he has a sensible plan: he'll only visit places beginning with his initials, M or W, as they've already shown a commitment in the first place.

"Raucously funny... one of the best this year" British Theatre Guide