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 Melbourne.

Pop-up Globe founder 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.

Only in Melbourne.                        

The Pop-up Globe theatre will be constructed in the newly-christened Shakespeare Gardens adjacent the Sidney Myer Music Bowl over a period of six weeks.

Pop-up Globe presents a festival of four critically acclaimed productions that have already drawn over 100,000 attendances in Auckland, New Zealand – the riotous comedy As You Like It, the uproarious rom-com Much Ado About Nothing, psychological thriller Othello and the bloody war epic Henry V.

Melbourne audiences will be the first in the world outside of Auckland to see the phenomenon of Pop-up Globe including a specially-commissioned new show, Around the Globe in 60 Minutes!, which will thrust audiences into the maelstrom of history, allowing them to experience the triumphs and disasters that tell the incredible story of the second Globe Theatre.

Audiences can expect to see cannons, flaming arrows, hundreds of litres of fake blood, hand-forged armoury and over 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 of the Melbourne cityscape, just as the second Globe was in London.

Shakespeare like its 1614.

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 attendances and in a twice extended 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.

Dr Gregory says he’s thrilled that Pop-up Globe is making its international debut in one of the world’s greatest theatre and cultural cities.

“We can’t wait to welcome Melbourne audiences into to this unique space to experience Shakespeare like its 1614,” says Gregory.

Season will run from 21 September – 3 February 2018. Click here to find out more about the shows. If you’re interested in knowing more about the history behind creating Pop-up Globe click here. To read more about the playhouse click here.