Pop-up Globe, the world’s first full-scale temporary working replica of the second Globe, the theatre Shakespeare and his company built and opened in 1614 after the first Globe theatre burned to the ground, is coming to Sydney for its second international season.
Pop-up Globe founder, CEO and artistic director Dr Miles Gregory believes Shakespeare’s work performed in the space it is written for is a completely unique and transformative experience.
“Our audiences are blown away by the immersive experience of seeing Shakespeare performed in the space for which it was written. The relationship between actor and audience, the spectacular space itself, together with the power of Shakespeare’s incredible work, means attending plays at Pop-up Globe is totally different from anything you’ve seen before,” says Gregory.
“This isn’t dusty Shakespeare. This is now. Alive. Like a party,” adds Gregory.
A festival of Shakespeare this spring.
Pop-up Globe will open in Sydney’s iconic Entertainment Quarter.
Pop-up Globe made its international debut in the heart of Melbourne’s theatre and arts precinct in September of last year and now onto its second international season – Sydney. Pop-up Globe brings four stunning productions of Shakespeare’s masterworks – the magical fantasy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the controversial comedy The Merchant of Venice, the blood-soaked tragedy of Macbeth and laugh-out-loud slapstick The Comedy of Errors.
Audiences can expect to see full-scale battles, hundreds of litres of fake blood, stage acrobatics and more than 450 beautiful bespoke period costumes pieces specially constructed by the Pop-up Globe in-house wardrobe department. Capped with an onion dome, Pop-up Globe will be a remarkable feature in the Sydney cityscape, just as the second Globe was in London.
“The best night of theatre ever” – Australian Stage
The audacious project was originally planned as a one-off in Auckland to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016. Created entirely from scratch by an international company and cast in under 18 months, Pop-up Globe took the city by storm welcoming over 100,000 New Zealand attendances and in a season extended twice by popular demand.
Following hot on the heels of this initial sell-out success, a critically-acclaimed second season in 2017 entertained another 100,000 people. The phenomenon resulted in international interest from leading promoters and city representatives from cities around the world who travelled to New Zealand to witness it for themselves.
Pop-up Globe was thrilled to make its international debut in Melbourne in 2017. This season delighted audiences, sold a further 150,000 tickets, and saw two season extensions.
And now Pop-up Globe’s second international season in Sydney bringing with it a critically-acclaimed festival of Shakespeare.
“We’re excited to welcome Sydney audiences into to this unique space to experience Shakespeare in the space for which it was written,” says Gregory.