The King of the Choughs

Minack Theatre
Porthcurno, Penzance, Cornwall TR19 6JU
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WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

It is the morning of August 11th 1999 and a young Cornish couple make their way to the top of Condolden Hill which overlooks the magical and legendary landscape of Tintagel. In less than two hours total darkness will sweep from the great Atlantic Ocean across Cornwall's Peninsula as the light of the sun is fully eclipsed by the moon for the first time in seventy years. On reaching the summit of the hill a dreadful realisation dawns on the young lovers: impenetrable mist and cloud block out all hope of their witnessing one of the world's great miracles. As they wait, fearing the cloud will not lift and the mystical beauty of the eclipse will pass unseen, a stranger approaches and tell them of another period in Cornwall's long Celtic history when the county fell dark and the chivalric spirit of King Arthur seemed lost.