A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare Nation


Hall for Cornwall’s Shakespeare Nation Community Company took to the stage once again on Sun 30 April, this time with a groovy 60s-inspired production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Shakespeare Nation Assistant Producer Sam Rankin shares his experience as both assistant producer and performer.

“Once again, another great Shakespeare Nation project has come to an end. Now that the post-show blues have eased off, I find myself thinking about just how wonderful the last three and a half months have been. Working on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, both as assistant producer and performer, has been an absolute delight from start to finish.


I keep finding myself working on these extraordinary theatre projects, that pull together the most amazing, creative, and genuinely lovely people. Under the direction of Alister & Miranda from Prodigal UPG, each session is an acting masterclass, and you just know the working relationships that are forged in the rehearsal room are going to be lasting ones.

With so many familiar faces returning from last year’s Comedy of Errors, the project this time round was always going to be a whole lot of fun. Things were taken to another level this year with a host of new talent joining the group, making it one of those stand-out rewarding, life-affirming experiences, that end up meaning so much to all involved.

Through dedication, focus and hard graft, A Midsummer Night’s Dream was a massive success – the cheering, the standing ovations and the jumping up and down from the audience telling us everything we needed to know!

I’m never quite prepared for the emotional toll that accompanies these sorts of projects. Though it’s always sad when suddenly it’s all over, the truth is another project will follow, and personally I cannot wait.

So, here’s to the next one…”

Sam Rankin, Shakespeare Nation Assistant Producer (Hall for Cornwall)

If you’d like to get involved in next year’s production, please register your interest at [email protected]

Theatre Toddler Tuesday Truro


Are you searching for something fun to do with your little ones this summer and beyond?

There’s something special about visiting the theatre with the whole family – and it’s not just the sweet treats, magical merchandise, and the well stocked bar (for the adults!) It’s a whole experience. The excitement of choosing a show, the counting down of the days until it arrives, the moment before the curtain rises to reveal a magical set…

Whether you’re 3, 93, or anywhere in between, you’re invited to dress up and join us for an adventure into a magical world where anything can happen. Our stage is a spellbinding place filled with special effects, music, and famous faces from the worlds of film, TV and even books.

So whether you’re delighted by Dragons, fond of fairies, or you dig a dog called Duggee, there’s something for everyone this year at Hall for Cornwall. Set in the heart of Truro, a stone’s throw from Falmouth, Newquay and St Austell, we’re the hub of entertainment in Cornwall.

Come and see what’s happening in our theatre in 2023…

Toddler Time!

Every Tuesday at 10am in our Green Room Cafe

Join us for stories, crafts, music, games and more with our friendly and energetic Get Creative Team! Each week has its own theme, and is often related to the productions on our stage, so you can experience the magic of the theatre with our experienced creative practitioners!

Recommended for ages 2-6 years, this workshop is £4 per child, and it’s free for adults and younger siblings.

Find out more about this fun workshop in Truro here.

Crafternoons 🎨

Every Wednesday through August 4.30pm-6.30pm in our Green Room Cafe

Get stuck into some serious free-flow Peter Pan-themed crafting fun!

Perfect for creators ages 4-9 and we’ve even thrown in yummy afternoon snacks for an adventure to Neverland. Tickets are £10 with packed tea or £4 without.

Led by our creative band of brilliant buccaneers, get ready for paper, pencils, gems, glue and – of course – a sprinkling of pixie dust (by which we mean glitter!).

Dragons and Mythical Beasts 🐲

TUE 29 – THU 31 AUG

Calling all brave heroes! Enter into a magical world of myths and legends From the creators of the international smash hit Dinosaur World Live…

Dragons and Mythical Beasts is packed full of magical creatures and magnificent monsters, like the colossal Stone Troll, the not so friendly Tooth Fairy and even a unicorn! Don’t miss this spell-binding adventure, live on stage in Truro, Cornwall for one week only.

Tin Man 💙


Joss Arnott Dance presents a magical new retelling of a classic story, seen through the rusty eyes of the Tin Man and their journey to finding their heart and happiness. This magical show for all the family is the perfect way to cap off the summer in Cornwall. You can even meet the cast and get some magical photos, so you can take a piece of the show home with you!

The Ocean at the End of the Lane 🌊

TUE 19 – SAT 23 SEP

If you’re searching for something for teenagers and yound adults, don’t miss this thrilling production. From the imagination of Neil Gaiman, best-selling author of Coraline, Good Omens and The Sandman (now a major Netflix series), comes the National Theatre’s major new stage adaptation of The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

This five-star spectacular from the producers of War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a thrilling adventure of fantasy, myth and friendship, taking audiences on an epic journey to a childhood once forgotten and the darkness that lurks at the very edge of it. It’s giving us serious Stranger Things vibes!

There’s a Monster in Your Show!🛸

MON 32 – TUE 24 OCT

Tom Fletcher’s interactive adventures for big imaginations are leaping from page to stage, as the beloved Who’s in Your Book? series makes its debut as a brand-new musical show in the Cornwall Playhouse!

With an invitation to his friends, Dragon, Alien and Unicorn to join him, you can expect comedy and chaos as they help to create a magical show, learning about the joy of books and friendship along the way. A high-energy 50-minute adventure featuring lively original music, this show is the perfect introduction to live theatre.

Peter Pan 🧚

By J.M. Barrie

MON 04 – SUN 31 DEC

Looking for a way to make Christmas in Cornwall extra special?

Following the fizzing festive fun of 2022’s Treasure Island, we’re getting ready to sprinkle fairy dust through Cornwall with Peter Pan! Journey with us to naughty Neverland where dangerous pirates and a certain crocodile are lurking…

Come fly with us! Stuffed full of pesky pirates, freewheeling fun and a gaggle of lost boys and girls, take flight with Peter, Wendy and of course Tinker Bell too!

“Peter Pan” is presented by arrangement with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Concord Theatricals Ltd. On behalf of Samuel French Ltd.

And if this wasn’t enough, check out our What’s On page for our full programme of events. There’s musicals, dramas, comedy, films, talk shows and live bands to knock your socks off.

Hall for Cornwall is the place to be in 2023 – and beyond!

Photos by Hugh Hastings


Looking back to 1958…

We’re heading to 1958 long before City Hall became known as Hall for Cornwall…

Thank you to Truro Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society archive for sharing this delightful photo of a poster of Babes in the Wood, which ran for one week from 06 Jan 1958.

A selection of posters from past performances at City Hall were discovered during the first Hall for Cornwall build between 1995-1997. However, due to being firmly glued onto the wall, many were lost, and only the photos remain.

This poster was created by G & M Organ Theatrical Printers who regularly created theatre posters for City Hall in the 1950s &1960s.

Alan Kitching, the typographer and graphic artist who has created our Performance Timeline, bought the entirety of the Wrington Press when G & M Organ closed their business in the mid-1990s. He used this to create our interactive Performance Timeline which is located in our Green Room Café.

Cornish Roots Redevelopment Project Theatre


Time flies when you’re having fun, and we’ve been having plenty since our grand re-opening!

In October 2021, we flung open our doors to eager audiences as Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical made its world premiere on our stage, and marked the beginning of a new era for the Cornwall Playhouse.

As we look back on that time when the stage fell silent while we worked hard behind the scenes, it seems like only yesterday that our auditorium swapped out audiences for workmen, and the sound of music for the sound of drilling… but it was all worth it in the end!

And after that quiet time (that lasted a little longer than we’d hoped because of a worldwide pandemic), we welcomed you back into the Cornwall Playhouse to celebrate more than just our transformation, but the joy of being together again.

As audiences filed in with audible gasps and words of praise for the newly improved Hall for Cornwall, the evening continued to be filled with surprises, as Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical took to the stage – and the real Fisherman’s Friends joined them for the final song! This was a monumental moment for us all, as this was our first Cornwall Playhouse production, and a co-production with ROYO.

‘Every night the audience was packed and on their feet and singing, it was the most extraordinary experience, and this just brings it back.’

– Robert Duncan who plays Jago reminisces of the first tour

After a sellout world tour, we welcomed the return of this feel-good, life affirming story to our stage again in April 2023, to the delight of Cornish folk everywhere!

Let’s take a look back on the day Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical came home to Cornwall, 18 months after its debut performance at the newly renovated Hall for Cornwall.

Tuesday 11th April…

The celebrations began in our local pub, The Old Ale House, where some of the cast met the Fisherman’s Friends band for a drink and a sing-along – much to the surprise of locals popping in for a pint!

BBC Spotlight joined in with the occasion and interviewed some of the cast while they were there, which you can watch below…


Afterwards, the cast went back to their dressing rooms to prepare for opening night. And what a night it was!

As our audience welcomed the return home of this beautifully Cornish production, our auditorium was filled with laughter, tears, and cast-iron sense of community.

Whether you know the music, you’ve seen the films, or this is your first time ever hearing a shanty, you can’t help but be moved. There’s something magical about the way the songs have been passed down from generation to generation. The words transport you through time, like a lyrical history book, reminding you of the hardworking communites that form the backbone of Cornwall’s history – and continue to thrive today!

As the storyline explores the challenges of the modern world to fisherfolk and our small seaside villages, there is a constant reminder that we have something in Cornwall that nobody can take away. Our communities are more like families, and no matter how much time goes by, you’ll always find us, singing our stories, in a village by the sea.

‘When I’m not here, it’s Hereth, that longing for the place where you belong.’

– Susan Penhaligon who plays Maggie

With each song, the words had us floating across timezones and generations, like a lyrical history book, bearing witness to the hardworking communities that form the backbone of Cornwall. We could hear our ancestors singing their hearts out, out on the waves as they raised their nets, and deep underground, carving their tools into the earth, searching for copper and tin. These songs keep them alive, and remind us of where we came from.

And of course – there were a few Oggy Oggy Oggy’s!

The evening drew to a close when the Fisherman’s Friends band took to the stage in a special appearance. Their beautiful, sping-tingling rendition of Cornwall My Home made us proud to be Cornish 〓〓

‘One of the reasons I’m doing this is to play the Hall for Cornwall… I think they just get it, they get the jokes, they get the accents, they get the expressions…they just get it all.’

– Susan Penhaligon

Thank you to the cast and crew of Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical for another spectacular production, and to the real Fisherman’s Friends for inspiring so many with their story.

And above all, thank you to you, our devoted audiences, for reminding us time and time again of the joy of live performance.

Photos by Hugh Hastings Photography



Celebrating the work of classical greats Mozart and Mendelssohn, and a special piece by one of Cornwall’s own, the Manchester Camerata arrives at Cornwall Playhouse on Tuesday 2nd May for its debut performance.

Founded in 1972, Manchester Camerata has gained international recognition for its innovative and dynamic approach to classical music performance. Renowned for its diverse programming, collaborative ethos, and commitment to community engagement, Manchester Camerata has become a leading force in the UK’s classical music scene, captivating audiences with its exceptional performances and creative initiatives. Their short film, ‘Untold – Keith’ has recently one the storytelling category of the prestigious RPS awards, capturing the how dementia affects the everyday life of Keith, who lives with onset dementia, and his wife Joan, and how music provides light in difficult times.

Alongside the world premiere of a brand new piece from Cornish composer Paul Saggers, co-commissioned by Manchester Camerata and Hall for Cornwall, this concert features extraordinary masterpieces written by two great composers who both reached astonishing heights of creation and inventiveness in their short lives.

Mozart’s Innovative Style…

Mozart’s great Clarinet Quintet dates from 1789, the same year as his opera The Marriage of Figaro and just two years before his untimely death. He wrote it for the Viennese clarinettist, Anton Stadler, the leading virtuoso of his day and a pioneer of the recently invented instrument. The clarinet is joined by a string quartet in one of Mozart’s most profound and beautiful pieces of chamber music. There are four movements, covering a wide range of emotions and dynamics, from intimate conversation between the clarinet and the strings to the joyful and elegant set of variations that form the finale.

Meets Mendelssohn’s Musical Masterpieces…

Felix Mendelssohn wrote his brilliant and virtuosic String Octet in 1825, when he was just 16 years old. It remains one of the few masterpieces for this relatively rare combination of four violins, two violas and two cellos and has been described as “one of the miracles of 19th-century music”.  Mendelssohn’s own performance instructions state: “This Octet must be played by all the instruments in symphonic orchestral style; pianos and fortes must be strictly observed and more strongly emphasized than is usual in pieces of this character.”

The Octet’s four contrasting movements abound with melody, invention and counterpoint, culminating in a breathtaking fugal finale, which quotes part of the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah.

Listen to Paul Saggers as he talks about his brand-new composition ‘Dear Nan’…

IFrameIf you are searching for a evening of classical celebration with a Cornish flair, come along and submerge yourself in the spectacular sounds of Manchester Camerata, filling our auditorium with their breathtaking music on Tuesday 2nd May.

Learn more bout Paul Saggers, taken from his biography:

Paul Saggers (photo taken from

‘Paul Saggers (b. 1985) was born in Cornwall. He started playing the cornet at the age of 12, more recently playing for the Camborne Town Band and the Flowers Band. At the age of 25 he decided to pursue a career in the Royal Marines Band Service and is currently based in the Plymouth Band. His interest in composition started later in life after enrolling in the BMus degree programme through the Royal Marines. His first work to be performed by a brass band, entitled The Great Storm Cat, was premiered by The Cornwall Youth Brass Band of which he was a former member. His work The Roar of the Khamsin was shortlisted for the 2017 RWCMD composer competition and was premiered by the Cory Band. In 2019, Paul became a finalist at the European Brass Band Association composition competition in which his work Ironbright was awarded 2nd place. Paul has written extensively for Wind Band and in 2019 completed an MMus in Composition through the Royal Marines in partnership with Plymouth University where he was tutored by English Composer Simon Dobson.’



If you’re searching for something to do this Easter Half Term, look no further! We have a jam-packed, chocolate covered line-up to keep you and our little ones busy right through the holidays.

So whether you’re searching for fairytales, fishtails, or cocktails, there’s something for everyone at Hall for Cornwall!

Start Things Off with Some Live Music…

For music fans, The Carpenters Story is set to delight our audiences with all the hits of pop’s most famous brother and sister duo.


Described by Paul McCartney as ‘The Best Female voice in the world’, this highly acclaimed production continues to captivate audiences across the UK.

📅 MON 03 APR / 7.30PM

Something for Your Little Royals…

Get ready to dress up in your finest dress and tiara for Pop Princesses!


This magical family show with a difference sees your favourite princesses become pop stars! Featuring a soundtrack of top pop hits from artists such as Little Mix, Ariana Grande, Taylor swift. Meghan Trainor and Miley Cyrus, plus all the best songs from all your favourite Films and Musicals, this is children’s concert is sure to keep your little ones entertained, and create long-lasting memories.

📅 TUE 04 APR / 6PM

Strictly Fans Assemble!

Get ready to be romanced by Strictly stars Nadiya and Kai in their fairytale dance show Once Upon a Time!


This stunning show highlights each dancer’s different background and showcases their incredible ballroom journeys. What better way to relax this Easter than spending an evening exploring this love affair through dance…

📅 SAT 08 APR / 7.30PM

And finally… take part in something utterly Cornish!

Fisherman’s Friends the Musical returns to Hall for Cornwall 18 months after our grand re-opening. This feel-good sensation joined us on our opening night, and now, after an international tour, this spectacular production comes home.


Starring Cornish celebrity Susan Penhaligon, among other beloved local actors, this ‘tail’ follows the story of the real Fisherman’s Friends from Port Isaac, and their voyage from small-town singers to performing on the Pyramid Stage in Glastonbury!


To mark the return of this heart-warming musical to the Cornwall Playhouse, the real Fisherman’s Friends will be attending on opening night, and you might even get a chance to meet them! So what are you waiting for? Come along this Easter and fall in love all over again with this celebration of friendship, community and music.

📅 TUE 11 APR – SAT 22 APR / Various Times

Other things happening at Hall for Cornwall this Easter…

Our Green Room Café will be open as usual throughout the Easter holidays, serving up delicious sandwiches, cafes and homemade Cornish Cream Teas!


Relax in a cosy atmosphere, surrounding by tropical plants and the warm scent of coffee in the air. And if you’re feeling adventurous, take a wander through our Ope Way and explore the auditorium…

If you’re spending an evening in Truro, pop into our Playhouse Bar for cocktails and chilled vibes. Open most evenings and around showtimes, this is the perfect place to unwind in the bustling city.

However you choose to spend your Easter Holidays in Cornwall, we hope to see you here at Hall for Cornwall.



Did you miss an interview with your favourite cast member on BBC Radio Cornwall?

Fear not! They’re all on BBC Sounds, and you can find all of the links to them below.

Take a look behind the scenes of our biggest shows with these exclusive interviews on the David White Show.

Simply click the headline or image to travel over to the BBC Sounds interview pages!

Cornish Writer and Director Simon Harvey Talks about Pride and Prejudice* (*Sort Of) Which He Co-Directed with Isobel McArthur

Jason Langley and Parisa Shahmir Celebrate the Return of Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical

©BBC Radio Cornwall

Kevin Clifton and Maisie Smith Discuss All Things Strictly Ballroom!

©Ellie Kurttz

Caroline Quentin and Daughter Rose Chat about Working Together in Mrs Warren’s Profession


Claire Martin OBE Talks About Her Performance with BBC Big Band

©Kenny McCracken

Coronation Street Star Kevin Kennedy Discusses Rock of Ages!

©The Other Richard

Acclaimed Choreographer Gary Clarke Chats About His Dance Theatre Show ‘Wasteland’


An Inspector Calls Star Simon Cotton Talks About His Role As Simon Croft

©Copyright 2023 BBC Radio Cornwall

Cast of Hall for Cornwall’s Christmas Show ‘Treasure Island’ Chat About the Show!

©Hugh Hastings Photography

All links and audio content belong to the BBC and are subject to copyright. © Copyright 2023 BBC Sounds


From Beethoven to Brahms – introducing the Carousel Chamber Music Ensemble

On the afternoon of Sunday 2 April, we welcome the Brussels-based Carousel Chamber Music Ensemble to Truro for the first time. With their combination of combination of clarinet, cello and piano, the trio offer a uniquely warm and mellow sound in the world of chamber music. The programme for their inaugral Cornwall Playhouse visit is bookended by two of the greatest masterpieces for this ensemble, written almost 100 years apart, by Beethoven and Brahms.

The programme

Beethoven’s elegant, lively and youthful “Gassenhauer” Trio, written in Vienna while he was still in his twenties, earned its nickname due to his use of a popular melody of the day in the third movement’s set of variations.

By contrast, Brahms wrote his great Clarinet Trio near the end of his life, in 1891. It is one of four late works inspired by the playing of clarinettist Richard Mühlfeld and is full of glorious autumnal melody and rich, sonorous harmonies.

Between the trios, the clarinet and cello each have an opportunity to showcase their individual qualities in iconic pieces which perfectly capture the essence of these particular instruments.

Claude Debussy wrote his Cello Sonata in Normandy during the First World War. After performances in London and Geneva, the French premiere took place in Paris in 1917 with the composer himself at the piano.  He planned it as the first in a series of six sonatas, but was only able to complete two others (the Violin Sonata and the Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp) before his premature death from cancer in 1918. The yearning, slow first movement of the Cello Sonata is followed by a Serenade and a lively virtuosic finale.

Robert Schumann’s “Fantasy-Pieces”, written in just two days in 1849, are central to the clarinet repertoire, much-loved by musicians and audiences alike.  The poetic title is reflected in the highly Romantic, imaginative and expressive music, which is full of contrasts and sudden changes of mood. The three pieces are marked “Tender and with expression”, “Lively, light” and “Quick and with fire”.

The musicians

Annelien Van Wauwe, clarinet

Belgian clarinettist Annelien Van Wauwe is forging a reputation as one of the most exciting and original clarinettists of her generation. Her playing has been described as having “abundant warmth and lyricism, allied to a sinuous vocal quality”. (Classical Source). Of herself, she says: “If I was not a musician, would be a yoga teacher, an interior designer, a journalist or an artist manager – or all of these at the same time.”
A former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, Annelien has won numerous international competitions and awards, including an Opus Klassik as Best Young Artist 2020 for her debut album ‘Belle Epoque’ on Pentatone. She describes her passion for chamber music as “reaching out to other musicians via a piece of music, its composer and giving space for those unexplainable sparkles of musical magic to appear without even moving an inch from your chair”.

Annelien made her BBC Proms debut in 2017 and the following year performed Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in a televised Prom.  Her solo engagements take her to many prestigious European concert halls and festivals, performing with leading orchestras and conductors. She is also a passionate advocate for new music and has inspired a number of composers to write especially for her. Her intensive practice of yoga, with its positive influence on her clarinet playing, led her to become a certified yoga teacher and to commission SUTRA, a concerto for clarinet, orchestra and electronics from Wim Henderickx, a work based on breath and meditation; co-commissioned by BBC Radio 3 and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust, the concerto was premiered with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Martyn Brabbins in 2022.

Annelien returns to the Heidelberg Spring Festival this year, with pianist Paloma Kouider, in a recital programme entitled ‘FRagrANCE’, which contains “flowery, harmonious and radiant French repertoire”. The renowned Amsterdam-based live-perfumer Erich Bergmann, aka Odo7, transforms their music live into a multi-sensory concert experience with scent.

Annelien also regularly gives masterclasses and teaches at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague.

Louis Rodde, cello

French cellist Louis Rodde studied in Paris, Leipzig and at the Mozarteum Salzburg. Enchanted from an early age by chamber music, he founded the prize-winning Karénine piano trio in 2009 with violinist Fanny Robilliard and pianist Paloma Kouider.

As soloist and chamber musicians, Louis performs regularly in European concert halls such as Musikverein Vienna, Konzerthaus Berlin, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord Paris and Wigmore Hall London. He has given concerts in New York, Montreal, Tokyo and Buenos Aires, and appeared at many music festivals around the world.

Louis Rodde’s recordings have received international acclaim. His albums include music by Fauré, Schumann, Ravel, Shostakovich, Schubert and Dvorak. He also works with contemporary composers and is a member of the artists’ collective Les Dissonances, which performs symphonic repertoire without conductor, and of the project Le Salon Idéal, collaborating with jazz and world music artists.

Louis enjoys sharing his passion for music and is a committed volunteer in teaching masterclasses and playing concerts in countries such as Haïti, Sénégal and Lebanon for people without access to music. However, he also has many other interests and says “if I was not a musician, I would be an ornithologist or an actor”.

Paloma Kouider, piano

Award-winning French pianist Paloma Kouider studied in Paris, Florence and Vienna. With violinist Fanny Robilliard and cellist Louis Rodde, she founded the Trio Karénine – winner, among other prizes, of the 62nd ARD Competition in Munich. As a young musician, Paloma was particularly inspired by the playing of Alfred Brendel, Paul Badura-Skoda and Menahem Pressler (of the Beaux Arts Trio).  She also has great interest in contemporary composers and in the interpretation of baroque music.

Paloma’s current and upcoming highlights include concerts in the Auditorium du Louvre and Salle Pleyel in Paris, London’s Wigmore Hall, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, and at international festivals such as Aix-en-Provence and La Roque d’Anthéron.  In chamber music, as well as the Trio Karénine, she regularly performs with cellists Aurélien Pascal and Anastasia Kobekina and the violinist Alexandra Soumm. Paloma’s recording of Beethoven sonatas and Liszt Rhapsodies was awarded 5 Diapasons and 4 stars by Classica, along with very enthusiastic reviews.

Involved in charity projects aimed at creating opportunities through the arts, Paloma founded with two friends the non-profit organization Esperanz’Arts.  Away from the piano, Paloma’s other passion is Literature, which she studied in the Lycée Louis-le-Grand in Paris.

Book your tickets

Carousel Chamber Music Ensemble perform on Sunday 2 April at 3pm. You can book your tickets here, by calling our Box Office on 01872 262466 or by popping in to see our brilliant Box Office team on the Boscawen Stree entrance to Hall for Cornwall.



As the Cornish celebration of St Piran’s Day rolls around, we’ve proudly unveiled our new dual Cornish-English signage!

A key part of our transformation was revealing the heritage of City Hall and its significance within the Cornish community throughout the years. We decided that one of the most effective ways we could do this is by having bilingual signage celebrating the Cornish language, showcasing how it can be used effectively going forward.

We spoke to Mark Trevethan, Cornish Language Lead at Cornwall Council, who said:

‘The Cornish language, Kernewek, is one of the six living Celtic languages, but is recognised as an endangered language. To ensure that Cornish is handed on to the next generation, even small things can cumulatively help to keep the language in use. Signs in public buildings, like Hall for Cornwall, are helpful for Cornish speakers to use their language in everyday life, but also for other people to learn a few words of Cornish through repeated use.’

Cornwall has a rich cultural history in performance, which began in the late 14th century with Medieval mystery plays written in Latin with Cornish stage directions. As a hub for culture in Truro, we chose to integrate the Cornish language into all 190 bilingual signs, which can be seen around the Cornwall Playhouse and throughout the building. Cornwall has a distinct sense of place elevated by its history and strong cultural legacy. Our aim is to preserve and celebrate our heritage, and the inclusion of Cornish language signage is another step towards this.

Mark further commented:

‘Hall for Cornwall’s bi-lingual signage has been designed to a high quality as part of the overall new look for the theatre. Kernewek is a feature of that design and gives the building a definite Cornish identity. This confident use of the language shows Cornish being used in an attractive way and is a great example for other public buildings to follow.’

Each sign is also designed with large, easy-to-read fonts, and directional icons to ensure they are as accessible as possible. We’ve always prided ourselves in providing an accessible environment throughout the Cornwall Playhouse, Green Room Café, and Playhouse Bar. Our commitment to providing a ‘Theatre for All’ has been thoughtfully integrated into the design of the building and the additional services that we provide. After all, at the heart of everything we do is our passion for welcoming one and all to experience the very best of live entertainment.

We also spoke to Cllr Carol Mould, portfolio holder for Neighbourhoods at Cornwall Council, who said:

“The Cornish language is a unique cultural asset which underpins the distinctiveness of Cornwall. I am delighted to see that Hall for Cornwall is helping to introduce Cornish words and phrases to visitors from far and wide. I hope this initiative inspires more people to consider learning Kernewek which is such an important part of our culture and heritage.”

This signage follows the redesign of our safety curtain in August 2022, which was painted by local artist Phil Walker, to display the words Safety Curtain, alongside the Cornish translation of Kroglen Sawder.

The best way to view this signage in person is to follow our Ope Way which runs from the Green Room Café on Lemon Quay, through the Cornwall Playhouse, to the Playhouse Bar on Boscowan Street, home to the Hall for Cornwall Box Office.

Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre



“Julius Caesar is the perfect play for our age of emergency,”

We’re delighted to welcome the Royal Shakespeare Company back to Hall for Cornwall this spring with this fast-paced political thriller. Whether you can recite every word of this play, or you’re yet to hear the lines passionately performed on the stage, what better way to experience it than at the newly renovated Cornwall Playhouse?


Concerned that Caesar poses a threat to democracy, revolutionaries take the violent decision to murder him. They have no plan for what comes next. As the world spins out of control, chaos, horror and superstition rush in to fill the void. Civil war erupts and a new leader must rise: but at what cost?

Join us for drama and excitement as the Royal Shakespeare Company returns to our stage this April. Julius Caesar’s thought-provoking storyline will keep you on the edge of your seat as the characters navigate the treacherous waters of power and ambition.

Meet the Cast…

Joining Nigel Barrett (Julius Caesar) and the formiddable Thalissa Teixeira (Brutus) is a cast of talented individuals with a portfolio that includes television’s Call the Midwife, Doctors, and The Witcher, and theatre’s Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.


Pictured: (Left to Right) Nigel Barrett (Julius Caesar), Thalissa Teixeira (Brutus), and Kelly Gough (Cassius).

Along side this carefully thought-out casting will be 2 deaf actors performing sign language throughout the performance.

For each location on their tour, the Royal Shakespeare Company have also invited along community champions and leaders to join the cast of Julius Caesar on the stage as part of the play. Each group will partake in 5 weeks of rehearsals before performing alongside actors from one of the most well-known theatre companies in the UK.

Emily Kent, Michelle Sudworth, Laura Allen, Molly Banks, Amy Rom and Lisa McNally have been handpicked by HfC for the inspiring contributions each of these wonderful women make to the community. We are in awe of all the women who make things happen for the creative industries right across Cornwall and beyond, and are thrilled to welcome them to Hall for Cornwall.

The choir have been prepped for their performance by local Musical Director & Community Chorus leader, Matthew Thomason. We’re so grateful for all of his help and guidance over the last few weeks helping to prepare the chorus ready for action. He’s been flexing his creative talents to lead singing techniques, breathing and vocal exercises, as well as teaching songs and cues.

Matthew is a composer for Film, Theatre, Games and Dance currently living in Falmouth. His most recent projects of note as a composer include: Europa (Game 2023); Long Way Back (o-region 2022); A Short Film About Ice (Black Cat Films 2020), HIRETH (Sound Design o-region 2018), as well as touring solo piano performances of his new suite ‘Gwlaskor’ across Europe. He also has 12 years experience as a Music Director in theatre and the community, most recently working on Melior Opus Griot (Hall For Cornwall 2022).

“When asked to imagine a better future for us all, what resources do we have left? What are the limits of peaceful activism? How far would you, personally, go, to make the world a better place?”

Meet the Director…

Atri Banerjee won The Stage Debut Award for Best Director, and a UK Theatre Award nomination for his production of Hobson’s Choice at the Royal Exchange Manchester. Other credits include The Glass Menagerie (Royal Exchange Manchester), Britannicus (Lyric Hammersmith), Kes (Octagon Theatre, Bolton/Theatre By The Lake, Keswick), Harm (Bush Theatre, also broadcast on BBC Four), and Utopia (Royal Exchange Theatre).  Last year Atri was named in The Stage 25 list of theatre-makers to look out for in 2022 and beyond, and in November 2022, along with Rachel Bagshaw, he was awarded a Peter Hall bursary by the National Theatre, which will support Atri in developing work for the NT’s stages.