CORNWALL’S famous Minack Theatre at Porthcurno is set to raise its ticket and membership prices in 2014.
Theatre manager Phil Jackson explained that increases in travel costs for visiting performers, power and running the site, as well as a move to “bring prices more in line to reflect the quality of the product”, were the main reasons why the decision was made.
Adult tickets are set to be marked up by as much as £2 per person, while rates for children have also risen. The cheapest membership will change from £20 to £22.50, while the gold will increase by £10 to £30. The alterations are planned for the next season -coming into effect over Easter.
Mr Jackson said the Minack had not changed its valuations for four years and was still a very affordable venue.
“We’re still below [price-wise] most places,” he said. “We actually want to highlight the quality - some people have said that prices are too cheap.”
However, Mr Jackson also explained that a number other factors had caused the hikes.
“The cost for visitors, theatre companies to come down here is getting more expensive,” he said.
“We want to help them out - costs are going up and we’ve had to act. Electricity is also going up, and we employ 50 members of staff.
“It’s something we’ve had to do - costs are going up all the time.”
However, the theatre manager also said the Minack remains a great place to see some of the country’s best acts, with more music, dance and plays set to take place in the New Year.
He added the rises up to now have been held back due to the economic situation, but the time had come to introduce the new rates.
Adults on the lower tier now cost £11.50 - a rise of £2 from £9 previously. While the upper terrace now sees charges of £9 - going up from £8 per person.
Children on the upper and lower sections will see tickets go up by £1 respectively. The lower tier rate is now £6 and the upper seating is now £5.
For full details, including all reviewed membership fees visit www.minack.com