Parade Street           Penzance           TR18 4BU

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"From the start it has been the theatre's business to entertain people ... it needs no other passport than fun". BERTOLT BRECHT 

The arts & entertainment heart of Penzance

The Acorn brings live theatre, music, dance and comedy to Penzance, with the aim to entertain, engage and hopefully bring a smile'

We look forward to you joining us in Penzance for an evening where you can relax and enjoy the magic of a live performance


Highlights  July - Edd Bateman's West African Love Affair - 21st July

Unmissable World Music. Scintillating kora and balafon combine with relentless soukous guitar and subtle Senegalese mbalax grooves over a captivating Cameroonian backbeat – and all underpinned by Edd Bateman's pulsating bass-lines. Bound to get you grooving!

Highlights August - Flats and Sharps

Flats and Sharps have come a long way from their humble beginning busking in Penzance as 17 year-olds to performing on the Town Square stage at the Country 2 Country Festival at the O2 in London in March 2015 and at Proms in Hyde Park, London in September 2015, which was recorded for later broadcast on the Bob Harris Country show on BBC Radio 2.

Highlights September - Remi Harris

Remi Harris is regarded by many as one of the UK’s Top Up and Coming Young Jazz Guitarists and has toured the UK.

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Highlights  October -                                 The Bristol Old Vic / Theatre 503

And Then Come The Nightjars

This is a searing portrait of what happens to a community, an industry, a landscape, a way of life, when change, uninvited, knocks at the door.

Fancy putting on your own event?

To hire the Acorn is easy, affordable and a great venue for any event you want to hold. We have done everything from wedding parties to workshops. 

Want to know more? Phone 01736 363545 and ask for Jeremy.

Ever fancied running your own workshop?

For the month of August The Acorn is opening its doors to the community and inviting workshop leaders, tutors, in fact, anyone with an interest in running a workshop, to pitch their ideas to the venue and if appropriate, the venue is yours for the day. Absolutely free. For further details, click HERE, to apply to run a workshop please e-mail 

Sunday Night @ The Acorn

This Autumn the acorn is starting a series of 'Sunday night at The Acorn' . See below for more details and keep your Sundays free.

 Brand new for Autumn 2016

"Sunday nights in at the Acorn"

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Experimental drawing

This Autumn the Acorn is starting a series of "Sunday night in at the Acorn" sessions which will alternate weekly. 

  • 1st Sunday - “Film and Debate” - A film evening with a twist. Watch a film and then debate its making, subject matter, political stance, potency, bias…. and anything else that is appropriate. Most films will be lesser known rather than mainstream and the choice of film, while ultimately lying with the Acorn, will also be open to debate.
  • 2nd Sunday - “New work” –the best emerging theatre companies from across the country visit Penzance with their new productions, in a collaboration between the Acorn and Exeter’s Bike Shed Theatre"
  • 3rd Sunday - “Writing for the Stage” – your chance to create new and innovative writing especially for the stage. Whether you are a seasoned writer or just want to try your hand at creating a script, the evening will allow you the time and space to create. It is anticipated that scratch performance and rehearsed readings will also take place.
  • 4th Sunday - “Experimental drawing” – drawings that reflect on life. As a past student of Dartington College, your friendly neighborhood administrator has undertaken many life and experimental drawing projects, the fourth Sunday of the month will be an extension of that process. There may be life drawing, there may be movement, there could even be music; there will certainly be experimentation. A Sunday evening of drawing mayhem? Quite possibly....

Further details will be updated soon but for now, keep your Sunday nights free from September on........



The acorn is run by a dedicated bunch of volunteers,  who all passionately  believe in bringing quality innovative arts and entertainment to their community.

If you would like to join our friendly team of volunteers and help to support this wonderful venue, and see events for free, e-mail our administrator on



Come and see what all the fuss is about, there's live entertainment waiting for your applause